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If working with mining, Canadian aid needs to get more sophisticated

By Jeff Geipel      

Rather than ask whether Canadian aid should work with the private sector, we need to decide under what conditions this should happen.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, pictured in January, is reviewing Canada's international assistance. It should be guided by the goal of creating the most impact possible, writes Jeff Geipel. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

In the Canadian government’s current review of international assistance, there is a great deal of discussion on the role that the private sector can play in global development. This review is taking place in the context of the United Nations’ recently launched Sustainable Development Goals, which correctly recognize that the private sector must be involved in order to create the meaningful economic and social development required to end poverty.

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