Canada-Africa Relations

Canada-Africa Relations : Looking Back, Looking Ahead

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Canada Among Nations is the premier source for contemporary insight into pressing Canadian foreign policy issues. Started at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, the series has brought together leading scholars, practitioners, journalists, and members of the NGO community for an assessment of the Canada's foreign policy since 1984. The Centre for International Governance Innovation is proud to partner with NPSIA, on previous and future editions of Canada Among Nations.

In this edition, contributors explore Canada and Africa's rich history, taking stock of what has been accomplished. This volume offers recommendations for a more strategically beneficial Canada-Africa partnership in areas including trade and investment, democracy and nation building, development aid, governance, corporate social responsibility - especially in the natural resource sector where Canadian firms are heavily invested - and regional security.
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  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 152 x 228 x 19.05mm | 1,406.14g
  • Ontario, Canada
  • English
  • 0986707740
  • 9780986707742

Table of contents

Preface Rohinton Medhora and Dane Rowlands

Foreword The Right Honourable Paul Martin


Introduction Rohinton Medhora and Yiagadeesen Samy

Part One: Diplomacy and Foreign Policy

Canada's Diplomacy in Africa David C. Elder

Canada's (Dis)Engagement with South Africa David J. Hornsby

Canadian Foreign Policy and Africa's Diaspora: Slippery Slope or Opportunity Unrealized? David Carment, Milana Nikolko and Dacia Douhaibi

Canadian Nation Building in Africa: Building Whose Nation? Chris Brown

Part Two: Security and Conflict Management

Remedying State Fragility in Africa Robert I. Rotberg

Business as Usual: Canada's Role in Post-conflict Reconstruction and Peace Building in Africa Evan Hoffman

Canada's Engagement with African Regional Peace and Security Architecture: Constructivist Analysis and Implications for Policy Edward Ansah Akuffo

Part Three: Trade, Investment and Governance

Canadian Trade and Investment in Africa Victoria Schorr and Paul Hitschfeld

Mining Codes in Africa, Opportunities, Challenges and Canada's Positions Harry Besada and Philip Martin

Blood Diamonds: Canada, Africa and Some Object Lessons in Global Governance Ian Smillie

Part Four: Development and Health

Canadian Aid to Africa Stephen Brown

The Role and Influence of Non-traditional Aid Providers in Africa: Implications for Canada Bill Morton

Canadian CSOs and Africa: The End of an Era? Betty Plewes and Brian Tomlinson

Canada and the African Development Bank Bruce Montador

The Muskoka Initiative and the Politics of Fence-mending with Africa David R. Black

A Stronger Role for Canada in Health Research in Africa Dr. Victor Neufeld

Part Five: Research Capacity

Building Socio-economic Research Capacity in Francophone Africa John Cockburn and Diery Seck

Academic Links between Canada and Africa Jeffrey C. Fine and Peter Szyszlo


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'Former prime minister Paul Martin notes in his preface to the book that there is and will continue to be a huge role for other countries to take the lead in providing engineering and financial expertise to big projects that will become increasingly common as the region develops. "The question is," he writes, "will Canada be there?" (Don Cayo, Vancouver Sun

'This edition of Canada Among Nations rightly rejects the notion that Canada currently has (and only ever had) "humanitarian interests" in Africa. Ultimately, this collection will stand or fall on whether it makes a convincing case that Africa matters to Canada in the 21st century. It has not only accomplished that task but has also provided convincing evidence of the entrenched obstacles that prevent many Canadians from "seeing" interests, change, and opportunity in Africa and has offered various practical, if at times contentious or self-serving, policy prescriptions. As Gerald Helleiner argues in the summary chapter, 'the aid-based and implicitly patronizing relationships of the past cannot remain dominant' (295). Readers will no doubt agree.' (Christ WJ Roberts, International Journal)

'[The] editors of the book must be commended for the excellent structure, organization, and consistency across chapter contributions to the theme of the book. The book is a must read for all development economists and policy-makers on both sides. A good read.' (Lynette Gwantwa Mwaikinda)
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About Rohinton Medhora

Rohinton Medhora joined The Centre for International Governance Innovation as president in 2012, after having served on CIGI's International Board of Governors since 2009. Previously, he was vice president, programs, at Canada's International Development Research Centre.

Yiagadeesen Samy is associate professor and the associate director (M.A. program) at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University, and a distinguished research associate with The North-South Institute.
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