June 16, 2010 19:21 ET

Minister Beverley Oda Stresses More Accountability in International Development at the Munk School of Global Affairs G8 Conference

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2010) - The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, delivered the keynote address at the start of the Munk School of Global Affairs conference on Governing Global Development: The Role of the G-8 in Health, Nutrition and Food. Minister Oda's speech outlined key international development priorities for Canada prior to the start of the Muskoka 2010 G8 Summit.

As G8 countries represent 80% of worldwide international development support, Minister Oda outlined the importance of the need for more accountability in global development to make a real difference. 

"This means a greater focus on priorities, effectiveness, and more accountability in how we spend aid dollars -- a view Prime Minister Harper will emphasize in Huntsville and in Toronto later this month."

Development is not only about inputs and dollars spent, it's about sustainable outcomes and getting value for those aid dollars," said Minister Oda before noting, "our government is leading the G8 to fulfill commitments and be accountable to taxpayers and those living in poverty."

The Minister pointed out that Canada has met its key G8 commitments, among them: in 2008 Canada doubled aid to Africa at $2.1 billion a year, and Canada is on track to double its international assistance to $5 billion a year by March 2011. She also focused on the importance of accountability in Canada's signature G8 initiative on maternal and child health. 

The University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs is a center for discussion in global affairs. The two day Governing Global Development: The Role of the G8 in Health, Nutrition and Food conference brings together experts and leaders to discuss the role of the G8 in addressing key development issues.

Minister Oda's speaking notes are available on the CIDA website at

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Jessica Fletcher
    Press Secretary
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office