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Official Development Assistance Accountability Act

In June 2008, the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act came into effect. At the time of its adoption, it was considered a landmark piece of legislation. The Act, for the first time, sets three criteria for assessing Canada’s foreign aid priorities. Poverty rduction must be clearly the focus of Canadian aid. The Act also makes Canada’s aid spending more accountable and transparent by setting out consultation and reporting requirements.  Section 4(1) of the Act calls on ministers responsible for Official Development Assistance to be “of the opinion” that each ODA disbursement under his/her authority meets three criteria simultaneously. That it “a) contributes to poverty reduction; b) takes into account the perspectives of the poor; and c) is consistent with international human rights standards.” Unfortunately, evidence to date suggests that the government has done little to implement the legislation and comply with the spirit of the Act.

Bill C-293:  The Official  Development Assistance Accountability Act 
Royal Assent May 29, 2008 (PDF 88 KB)


ODA Act – Plain Language Overview 
October 2008 (PDF 20 KB)

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Recent news, analysis and commentary

CCIC's input for 2012-13 consultation on the ODA Accountability Act
CCIC Letter to Minister of Finance
January 2013 (PDF)

The Report to Parliament on the ODA Accountability Act: Will 2012 be a leap year?
CCIC Briefing Note
November 2011 (PDF)

The Report to Parliament on the ODA Accountability Act: Third time lucky?
CCIC Briefing Note
October 2011 (PDF 167 KB)

 

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Analysis of Annual Reports to Parliament on Implementation of the Act


CCIC's input for 2012-13 consultation on the ODA Accountability Act

CCIC Letter to Minister of Finance
January 2013 (PDF)


The Report to Parliament on the ODA Accountability Act: Will 2012 be a leap year?
CCIC Briefing Note
November 2011 (PDF)

The Report to Parliament on the ODA Accountability Act: Third time lucky?
CCIC Briefing Note
October 2011 (PDF 167 KB)


Review of the Second Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s Official Development Assistance, 2009-2010
October 2010 (PDF 137KB)


Review of the First Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s Official Development Assistance, 2008-2009
October 2009 (PDF 139KB)

 

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Reports on the Implementation of the Act

A Time to Act – Implementing the ODA Accountability Act: A Canadian CSO Agenda for Aid Reform
May 2010
A CCIC Report, compiled from chapters submitted by different organizations, on what the government could do to better implement the Act.


Official Interpretation of the "ODA Accountability Act" – One Year Later
Halifax Initiative
October 2009 (PDF 57 KB)


Future of Canadian ODA Conference – Audio Presentations
CCIC, Amnesty International, Rights & Democracy, University of Ottawa September 2009


Approaches to Strengthening CIDA: Creating an Effective Government Department for International Cooperation
June 2009 (PDF 105 KB)


International Human Rights Standards and Canadian ODA – Implications and Issues of the Canadian ODA Accountability Act
CCIC Briefing Note 
December 2008 (PDF 79 KB)

 

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Submissions on consultations under the Act


CCIC's and Halifax Initiative's submission following Finance Canada's second consultation in regards to the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act
February 2011 (PDF 68KB)




CCIC’s and Halifax Initiative’s submission following Finance Canada’s first consultation in regards to the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act
December 2008 (PDF 158KB)

 

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