Over the last 50 years, Canada has been at the forefront of establishing connections with developing countries and fostering these links over time. At the federal level, the Canadian International Development Agency, the Department of Foreign Affairs, and the International Development Research Centre have fulfilled Canada’s mission across the world. Canadian civil society organizations have also had a tremendous impact on the lives of the world’s less privileged citizens. More recently, with the increased importance of corporate social responsibility policies and creating shared value, the private sector has become an important partner in the enterprise of development. In this context, iAffairs’s International Development section will highlight contemporary processes, issues, and success stories in the field of International Development in third world countries and emerging economies. Specific topics that will be explored include economic growth, foreign aid, governance, education, healthcare, poverty reduction, gender equality, and emergency management to cite a few.
Mr. Daouda Badio is currently completing the requirements of Masters of International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, where he specializes in International Development. Daouda is also participating in a collaborative Master’s in African Studies offered by Carleton University’s Institute of African Studies, the first standalone institute of its kind in Canada. Over the last couple of years, Daouda has been involved in producing original research material for the Governance of Natural Resources program at the North-South Institute and various international NGOs based in Ottawa. He is also currently employed as a Research Assistant at Goss Gilroy, a leading consulting agency that provides program evaluation and results-based management services to the Canadian Federal Government and a number of international institutions.