Experts debate the effectiveness of aid

Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently travelled to three countries in sub-Saharan Africa, where he stressed the importance of economic trade and investment to the process of development.

Canada’s federal budget this year contained a cut to the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA) funding amounting to well over $300 million.

Many are now advocating trade and investment as an alternative to aid. Outside investment in Africa now exceeds foreign aid, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

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