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As part of rebalancing our priorities, we will ensure that every dollar committed to international development actually gets spent.

Trudeau polimetre - 2015
Promise kept

Real Change: A New Plan For a Strong Middle Class (page 65)


September 2019 - Actual spending for international development fell short of planned spending by -$16,595,291 in 2015-2016 according to the Results Report. However, it exceeded planned spending by $348,359,746 according to the 2017-2018 Results Report and by $218,768,687 in the 2016-2017 Results Report. The 2018-2019 report is not available yet. However, the Departmental Plan for 2019-2020 is available and commits to planned spending on international development of $3,920,924,260. In the 2018 budget, the government separated humanitarian assistance funding and international development funding to ensure that each activity has its full budget. Therefore, we consider that the government is ensuring that international development funds are being spent on development initiatives.


April 16, 2018 - "Risk 4 - Fund Management and Fiduciary Oversight - The department’s global responsibilities necessitate working in inherently risky environments, including for the operation of its global network of missions and partners. These risks include the potential for mismanagement of funds, theft or violation of trust. Such acts against the department can undermine the achievement of results and diminish public confidence in the organization’s operations. In response to this risk, the department will focus on improved fraud prevention and training, monitoring and detection, and mitigation and response." - Departmental Plan 2018-19 – Raison d’être, Mandate and Role: Who we are and what we do - Government of Canada

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