Canada's international humanitarian assistance programme: policy oversight mechanisms

Working and discussion papers
December 2002
Margie Buchanan-Smith and Natalie Folster

This paper describes the formal and informal policy oversight mechanisms governing the international humanitarian assistance of the Canadian government. It provides background information for a comparative study of upward accountability mechanisms in the administration of humanitarian relief in Canada, the UK and Denmark. This paper maps accountability mechanisms and identifies the oversight mechanisms – both formal and informal – at the policy-making, programming and resource allocation stages of the aid process in Canada.

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