Canada’s Aid Program: Still Struggling After Sixty Years

Published: 2008    |    By: Adam Chapnik    |    Volume 65, No. 3


Canada’s official development assistance program is now almost sixty years old, dating from our participation in the Colombo Plan in 1950. It has been the object of a great deal of well-meaning advice, and in recent years of scathing criticism. Adam Chapnick examines the reasons for our failure to develop an effective program, and proposes remedies.

About the Author

Adam Chapnick is Deputy Director, Education and Research at the Canadian Forces College. He would like to thank Danielle Goldfarb, Gerald Helleiner and Paul Samson for their comments on earlier drafts of this paper.