Canada. National Advisory Committee on Development Education : In December 1988, the Toronto consulting firm Manifest Communications published a report on the Canadian International Development Agency's (CIDA's) outreach strategy. The Manifest Report recommended a review of development education, which the establishment of a National Advisory Committee on Development Education would "provide a nurturing ground for fresh, visionary and constructive approaches and directions." Acting on the report's recommendations, the Minister of External Relations and International Development, Monique Landry, established the Committee in June, 1989.
The Committee was established to advise the Minister on the best ways to involve Canadian non-governmental organizations in educating Canadians about international development issues. It restricted its work to development education projects and programmes financed by the Public Participation Programmes Division of CIDA. The Committee was also mandated to: create a sustained, in-depth dialogue with Canada's development education community; create a continuing flow of ideas and advice about development education work funded by CIDA; and produce a well-informed annual report on the state of development education in Canada.
The Committee was composed of ten members, including the director, Douglas Roche. The members of the committee were drawn from various sectors of Canadian society, including business, academia and leading development education organizations. The Committee's administrative and logistical support was provided by CIDA's Public Participation Programme Division.
The National Advisory Committee on Development Education was abolished in the budget brought down by the federal government in the spring of 1992. According The Budget Papers, the Committee had "submitted several reports to the Minister and many of its recommendations have been acted upon. With its objectives now largely fulfilled, it can be wound up." RG74 General Inventory