Tag: Africa

Developing Today’s World: Cuso International, 1980-1996

by Nicholas Hepner


Nicholas is a third year student in the Department of History at Carleton University.  In addition to being a member and RA with the CNHH, Nicholas interns with Cuso International and was enrolled in HIST 3807A Practicum in History where research on this article was undertaken under the supervision of Jennifer Buter, Communications Officer at Cuso.  The CNHH thanks Cuso and Dr. John Walsh, who ran HIST 3807A, for their support with this project.



Over the course of a semester, I spent several months on a practicum with Cuso International, a Canadian international development non-governmental organization (NGO). Cuso International develops partnerships with developing countries around the world and sends volunteers on two-year contracts. During these months I spent at Cuso International’s Ottawa office, I researched the history of the organization during the 1980s and 1990s. In that time, I learned about Cuso International’s initiatives during these years, like its support for the anti-apartheid movement, and some notable alumni (returned volunteers) who volunteered with Cuso International during those years.

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Professor Cranford Pratt Hoped for “Humane Internationalism” in Canada’s Policy Toward Africa

Professor Cranford Pratt, a scholar on African history and politics, succumbed to complications owing to pneumonia this past September 4, 2016 in Toronto.  Beyond his teaching career in both Canada and Africa and the more than twenty published academic articles and books, Professor Pratt worked toward streamlining Canada’s sometimes inconsistent foreign policy toward Africa in the 1970s and argued against continued trade relations with apartheid South Africa.

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1984: The Parable of Ethiopian Famine and Foreign Aid

by Nassisse Solomon

The Terrible Face of Famine - Maclean's, November 18, 1984: 28.

Ethiopia has recently resurfaced in international headlines, in light of yet another looming apocalyptic scale famine.  It is being widely reported that Ethiopia is facing its worst drought in 50 years. [1] A result of three failed rainy seasons, coupled with an El Nino effect warming the Pacific Ocean and affecting global weather patterns.[2] Changes in weather patterns that have resulted in punishing heat waves and drought throughout the horn of Africa region, and in Ethiopia becoming one of the worst afflicted countries.[3] With just weeks remaining before the start of the main cropping season in the country, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is calling for urgent funding to assist farmers in sowing their fields to abate drought stricken areas from falling deeper into hunger and food insecurity.[4] With a future saddled by the “uncertainty of what nature has called down upon it”[5], Ethiopia, as CBC’s Margaret Evans among many others have characterized it, is once again “on the edge.”[6] Continue reading