Quick history lesson: Fifty years ago, Canadians helped spearhead the now widely-adopted international target to provide foreign aid equal to 0.7% of Gross National Income in economically advanced countries. It was a remarkable Canadian innovation but something most people knew very little about. Today, Canada’s contribution to foreign aid falls short of this target and is declining. On the anniversary of the Pearson Commission on International Development, led by former Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, experts say Canada needs to recommit to meeting the Official Development Assistance (ODA) target.
According to the 1969 report by the commission, which was taken up in a UN resolution, the 0.7% target was ideally to be met by 1975. Years later, the deadline was extended to 2015. Almost fifty years aft
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