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“Dead Aid” Revisted. Guest Post by Jessie Rust-Smith

A guest post by Jessica Rust-Smith, reviewing Dead Aid, a year after it was published. “One year later, does Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo’s call for the end of aid to Africa still hold sway when the World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa is declaring Africa’s Successes?…..Among her many criticisms of aid are its resulting distortions in African markets, its ability to prop up weak and ineffective governments, and most importantly, its perpetuation of a vicious cycle of aid dependency. She calls for an end to the crippling practice of aid to Africa.”

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Giving by the Numbers

Have you ever wondered what all the statistics you read mean? I’m a very visual learner, I appreciate learning from books that balance text with images, graphics, tables and other visual representations of information. A friend of mine recently pointed out this amazing graphic created by David McCandless at Information is Beautiful.net. Click on the [...]

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Toronto Events: February 22-28

FEATURED EVENT: FILM FESTIVAL: The 7th annual Toronto Human Rights Watch Film Festival takes place February 24 to March 6, 2010 in Toronto, Canada. All films, excluding the Opening Night Gala screen at Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto. http://humanrightsfilmfestival.ca/schedule/ Monday, February 22 LECTURE: Financial Crisis And Opportunity Forum on [...]

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Toronto Events: International Development Week

February 7-13, 2010. It’s International Development this week in Canada. Join in Toronto, for lots of Interesting and Challenging discussions, films and of course plenty of benefits for you to go and donate your money to a worthy cause while having a fun time! FEATURED EVENT: TED 2010 live at CSI Join us at CSI [...]

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Toronto Events December 7-13

My day started with a very cool Event which happened right in my living room! I watched people from over 124 countries participate by giving their voice to fight HIV/AIDS with Starbucks. Singing “All you need is love” and submitting a video to the Starbucks Love website. Starbucks (Red) Campaign is contributing money to the [...]

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Toronto Events November 23-29

FEATURED EVENT OF THE WEEK: EVENT: Empower: Youth, Arts And Activism World AIDS Day launch of an HIV/AIDS activism manual for youth with drag shows, visual art and more. Thursday, November 26. 6:00-9:00 pm. Free. William Doo Auditorium, 5 Willcocks. [email protected] CONFERENCE: Ivey Global Health Innovation Conference Tuesday, November 24, 2009. 7:30 am -5:00 pm. [...]

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Toronto Events: November 9-15

LECTURE: The Global Economy Discussion A post-Keynesian analysis of current events. Tuesday, November 10. 7:30 pm. Free. OISE, 252 Bloor W. 416-340-1865. BOOK LAUNCH: Harvest Pilgrims Mexican And Caribbean Migrant Farm Workers In Canada Launch of a book of photographs by Vincenzo Pietropaolo. Tuesday, November 10. 7-9 pm. Free. Stephen Bulger Gallery, 1026 Queen W. [...]

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Toronto Events: October 19-October 26

FEATURED EVENT OF THE WEEK: Choosing the Better Path toward Sustainability Mike Nickerson on Life, Money and Illusion Launch Party and signing of the second edition published by New Society Publishers 7 p.m. Centre for Social Innovation 215 Spadina Ave. Suite 120. Free and Open to the public. Just north of Queen. Sponsored by the [...]

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Toronto Events: October 12-October 18

FEATURED EVENT OF THE WEEK: BLOG ACTION DAY 2009: Climate Change Thursday October 15, 2009. Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day on their own blogs with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action [...]

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Has Africa been D-Listed?

The Globe and Mail recently ran an article called “Banned Aid” on the new funding approach to international development agencies in Canada. Canada has made recent changes to their funding approach restricting their major funding to 20 key countries essentially abandoning countries like Malawi, Rwanda, Niger among others (they still give some aid but it [...]

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