Aaron Lemkow (left), an anthropology student at MUN and Nushka Blais, a biology student and advocacy team leader, hold a sign, calling for greater foreign aid transparency. — Photo by Deana Stokes Sullivan/The Telegram
The local chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada is participating in a campaign today to generate support for greater foreign aid transparency.
The campaign is part of an International Aid Transparency Initiative, which is questioning whether Canada’s foreign aid investments are achieving their maximum impact. Canada gives about $5 billion in foreign aid annually, but Nushka Blais, an advocacy team leader at Memorial University, says a lot of that money doesn’t go to the intended causes.
“Money is sent away, but most of the money is actually used for administrative costs, which basically means the money is spent in Canada which does not help the countries that we’re supposed to be helping,” Blais said.
EWB members are at The Loft until 2 p.m. today in the Memorial University Centre, collecting signatures and taking photos of supporters with signs reading “We need transparent aid,” which will be forwarded to the federal government to encourage Canada to sign onto the international initiative.
For full story, see Tuesday’s Telegram.