Advancing the Anti-Racist Agenda in International Cooperation

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The most recent waves of popular uprising in response to pervasive and systemic racism across society has prompted sorely needed discussions about the steps international cooperation stakeholders are and should be taking.

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Shifting Power: Direction and Control as a Key Obstacle to Localizing International Assistance

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Direction and Control regulations impose outdated and ineffective obligations on Canadian CSOs, expected to exercise full control of the activities and spending of their local partners. Directly in contradiction of the localization principles of the Grand Bargain, Canada’s CSOs are requested to impose rigid mechanisms of top-bottom hierarchy.  Canada’s CSOs, with the political leadership of Senator Ratna Omidvar, are proposing an alternative bill that would supplant the ‘direction and control’ approach with that of resource accountability.

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