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Lamps Shine Light On a New Kind of Aid in Burundi

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In the hilltop village of Murehe, electricity is an exotic and faraway rumour. Like 97 per cent of the population in Burundi, one of the world’s poorest countries, the villagers here rely on candles and kerosene for a dim and flickering light. [...] What’s even more significant is how the village got its lamps. This wasn’t a traditional charity giveaway – the old-fashioned type of foreign aid. Instead, there was a business plan, technical innovation, a system of income generation with village enterprises and a partnership with a profit-making company.

Harper's Hockey Bet Among Most Popular World Leader Tweets in 2014: Study

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Plenty of diplomatic deals get done on the margins of global get-togethers, but one conducted on Twitter in 2014 made Prime Minister Stephen Harper a digital star among his fellow world leaders.(...) Most world leaders use the social media tool to broadcast specific messages; Harper is among many who don't generally reply when messages are sent their way.

Ottawa Launches Profit-Driven Aid Tool to Boost Development Investment

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The initiative announced on Tuesday will receive $300-million over the next five years. Proponents see the move as a good first step that could eventually put Canada in the ranks of other developed countries that are making a profit on loans and other financing options for Canadian, international and local businesses operating in developing countries.

Soft Power Also Needed in Expanded ISIS Fight

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The exceptional brutality of ISIS not only demands a Canadian military response, but also for its to flex its muscles of international persuasion, former prime minister Joe Clark says.

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