Sunday, May 6, 2018

--Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s budget pledged $2 billion over five years to increase international aid through a new International Assistance Innovation program, designed to come up with flexible new financing arrangements, and the Sovereign Loans program.--------------Prior to Tuesday, the current Liberal government had said it would be too difficult to increase the aid budget to the 0.7 per cent target, making it clear it had other spending priorities. “The failure to come anywhere close to achieving the development assistance target … raises legitimate questions about whether ‘Canada is back,”‘ Timothy Evans, the head of health and nutrition at the World Bank, wrote last week as part of a study by the British medical journal, The Lancet

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