Back to top


05 May 2023

I feel the community needs to hear about an unfortunate recent experience I had with a GAC bid.  Everything seemed normal at first - renowned Canadian company asks me to join their team for a GAC bid - everyone touches up their cvs and demonstrates how they meet the mandatory criteria, the bid goes in, and then GAC procurement decides.  Surprisingly (to me at least), the firm the bid was unsuccessful because (among other things) I did not meet the mandatory criteria of having a relevant Master’s degree. Hmmm.

05 April 2023

Members be interested in participating in the Global Digital Development Forum on April 26-27 which includes over 24 hours of hybrid events and in-person events in multiple countries in the Global South.

05 April 2023

Members may be interested in joining the Global Partnership for Development Cooperation to receive timely updates and newsletters and participating in this upcoming side event on the margins of UN 2023 Financing for Development Forum on April 19.

29 March 2023

In case you didn’t see it and might be interested, note OAG’s report on Canada’s international assistance in support of gender equality.

02 October 2022

I am an International Coaching Federation (ICF) Certified Coach. I work with the international development / humanitarian professionals in career transition, including:

23 February 2022

Sharing this visual framework that I developed as an aid for strengthening education systems. This is not a conceptual framework, rather broadly models the delivery of primary education service in a developing country. Seeks to remind funders, designers, and managers of primary education programs that piecemeal and disjointed responses may not yield system-wide improvements. The visual model is to assist in viewing the system holistically, developing an appreciation of how key parts of the system interact with each other and influence the entire system in a dynamic context, identifying points of leverage, and designing and coordinating interventions to improve overall performance of primary education system.

13 November 2021

12 donor governments (including Canada) have pledged $413 million in new funding for the Least Developed Countries Fund during the COP26 climate summit.

21 July 2021

Never has the imperative for using systems thinking in international assistance been more important as the COVID-19 pandemic has pushed millions of people into poverty, disrupted schooling and placed severe strain on public services in developing countries.

14 January 2021

For those interested to have this reference point, here is the link to consult UN salaries and post adjustments.

12 January 2021

The shakeup sees Francois-Philippe Champagne replace Bains at Innovation, Science and Industry.  Marc Garneau moves from Transport to Champagne's old job as the country's top diplomat, while Mississauga Centre MP Omar Alghabra has been promoted to cabinet to take over Transport.

See details at: