‘I really don’t separate them’

Bev Oda defends CIDA’s partnerships with the private sector.

“I think if we can increase the capacity of any country to become a global trading partner, if they’ve got products Canadians need, we can import them and, if Canada has products they would like, Canada can export them.”

And Oda says she wants to see more partnerships between aid agencies and companies to help deliver Canadian aid around the world. “Our government is very much looking to increase its relationships with the private sector,” she said, adding that she would like to see such relationships between NGOs and corporations in manufacturing, agriculture and tourism, in addition to the extractive industry.




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‘I really don’t separate them’

  1. Adam Smith ~ It is not from the benevolence of the butcher, the brewer, or the baker that we expect our dinner, but from their regard to their own interest

    Knowledge Wharton ~ Soft Drink, Soft Power: 

    Even in the most far-flung corners of the developing world, you can buy a bottle of Coca-Cola. But often in these same places, one in seven children die before their fifth birthday from preventable causes like dehydration from diarrhea. ColaLife, a nonprofit organization based in Britain, aims to bring vital medicines to vulnerable children via the same distribution system Coca-Cola uses.

    In the mid-1980s, Simon Berry was working in Zambia for a British developmental aid agency when he came up with the idea. At the time, it was hard to get anyone to listen to his idea. Then, three years ago, Berry started a Facebook group and began advocating his idea on the BBC. His support base blossomed with thousands of Facebook followers.

    The soft drink company started talking to him about how to get his innovative idea off the ground. Now, ColaLife has finally taken on a life of its own and will begin its trial run in Zambia early this year. Ahead of that project launch, Simon Berry talks to Arabic Knowledge@Wharton about figuring out how to achieve philanthropy through business infrastructure, and why ColaLife will also profit micro-entrepreneurs along the way.

    • The only problem with your great analogy is that the aid money wasn’t being spend on CREATING the Coke distribution system.

      • Also, the program wasn’t designed to alleviate the effects of Coca-Cola’s business operations on the local community.  Unlike, say, using aid money in conjunction with mining companies on projects designed to mitigate the affects of the actions of the mining company on the lives of the locals.  Wouldn’t the analogy be more precise if the program was a Corporate Responsibility initiative created by Coca-Cola to address the fact that people were dying of dehydration because of the impact of a Coca-Cola factory on the local water supply?

        • This is just like the feds establishing so-called and environment and energy agency CSEE and using it to propagandize for the oil companies. May have been the fraudster Bruce Carson’s scheme to begin with.

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