Co-opting Coherence?

I had the honour to present in a panel at a CASID/SIDGS-organized conference on Canadian Foreign Aid at the University of Ottawa yesterday.  The panel, with Stephen Brown, Fraser Reilly-King, and Ian Smillie examined the issue of Canadian Aid’s past practices and their implications for partnership going forward, in the context of the keynote address offered by ODI’s Dr. Nilima Gulrajani.  I spoke about how policy coherence for development has been co-opted in Canada and what path might be implied for Canada’s development cooperation going forward if we are to meet our partnership obligations under the SDGs agenda.

I framed my comments under three suggestions: (1) Do more:  Canadian partnership for development requires more resources and political will to be dedicated to development become a credible partner; (2) Do it differently: In keeping with the shifting global context of development finances, I suggested Canada should explore ways to leverage and encourage other flows like remittances; (3) Do some of the same: I argued Canada should carve out a niche for its aid that does the things other actors (diplomatic, private sector, defence, etc.) will not.  In the context of the SDGs, I suggested this entail some combination of building on Canada’s track record in gender equality and support to MNCH, as well as expanding our nascent support to climate change adaptation.  In keeping with the current global aid context, much of this expansion might be possible through enhancing Canadian support to global/multilateral channels that target global challenges.

It was a very interesting panel, and an excellent meeting overall. Thanks to Rebecca Tiessen, CASID, and the U of O’s SIDGS for making it happen.


Visualizing Marginal Effects


On October 21st, I presented a short instructional workshop to the Quantitative Social Science in the Arts Group here at Memorial.  The topic of the workshop was Visualizing Marginal Effects using Stata.

To download the .do file for the workshop click: here

Canadian Aid By the Numbers

I was very lucky today to lead a workshop at the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) 2015 Symposium being held at my institution, Memorial University.  The aim of the workshop was to discuss some interesting numbers related to Canada’s aid program, some of the sources for other data on Canadian aid, and what sort of numbers ACIC members find relevant and interesting for their work.  I really enjoyed the discussion and want to thank the ACIC for the opportunity to speak to their members and those in the workshop for their insights.   For more information on the ACIC, check out their website or follow them on twitter: @ACIC  The slides we worked through during the workshop are below:

Maternity Leave & Development

What is the effect of better maternity leave policies on development in low- and middle-income countries?

I will present a paper co-authored with Kathleen Fallon (Stony Brook) and Alissa Mazar (McGill) answering this question on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in MUN’s Work & Employment Speaker Series.

For details on the talk, see the poster below:

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Talk at DIIS: Webcast

I had the great pleasure today to present at the Danish Institute for International Studies ( about my research on foreign aid, networks, and global norms.  A webcast of the talk is available on the DIIS site: here (top video).  Thanks to all in attendance. I especially appreciated the lively discussion following the talk.  A lot of great questions to consider as I continue this research.  Many thanks too to Lars Engberg-Pedersen and his DIIS colleagues for the kind invitation.