Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Burton, B.


Political Science, General.



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Mounting global and domestic environmental awareness has proved to be an impetus for change within various Canadian governmental agencies. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is no exception. In response to the changing international and domestic environmental climate, CIDA attempted to develop a comprehensive environmental policy. In 1987, CIDA released its first policy initiative, Environment and Development: The Policy of CIDA, and in 1992, the Agency re-articulated its commitment to the environment in CIDA's Policy on Environmental Sustainability. As well, CIDA's commitment to the environment and sustainable development was affirmed in various other documents on CIDA's general policy. The second component of CIDA's Official Development Assistance Charter is of particular significance. The Charter is mentioned in two CIDA documents, To Benefit A Better World and Sharing Our Future, and it states: Canadian ODA should work to strengthen the human and institutional capacity of developing countries to solve their own problems in harmony with the natural environment. This paper examines CIDA's environmental policy initiatives and the various commitments made by the Agency found within these documents. In addition to the policy documents, three cases are examined to ascertain CIDA's level of commitment to sustainable development. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1994 .B46. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-02, page: 0586. Adviser: Bruce Burton. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1994.