John Sinclair

Distinguished Associate of the North-South Institute and a member of the McLeod Group

John Sinclair, born in the UK, has lived in Canada since 1974. After studying economics at Cambridge University, he has followed a career as an international development practitioner, mainly working for CIDA and the World Bank. As a member of the McLeod Group, he is now a thinker/policy advocate on development issues. He is a Distinguished Associate of the North-South Institute, Canada’s principal development think-tank and teaches from time-to-time at Ottawa U’s School of International Development. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, AsDB, IFAD, Ford Foundation and UNICEF. His geographic focus is Africa and Asia, including living in Sri Lanka, Egypt and most recently Indonesia. He writes and blogs on development issues. His current professional interests are global development architecture, development effectiveness/MfR, post-Busan agendas, evaluation, country and donor performance, fragile states, governance/corruption, Post-2015 issues (MDG++), institutional effectiveness, inclusiveness and decentralisation.

Most Recent Posts

Has the G7 lost its mojo?

Has the G7 lost its mojo?

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June 13, 2018

Trump’s hampering of the Charlevoix summit may be the final straw for the group, argues John Sinclair. Is it time for
global leadership to shift to an enhanced G20?  

Is Canada ready to be a better development cooperation partner?

Is Canada ready to be a better development cooperation partner?

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July 6, 2016

The government’s International Assistance Review wraps up
this month. Are the consultations focused enough on practical and institutional
changes needed, from stronger partnerships with the Global South to better
planning and dialogue in the field?