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The mission of the Canadian International Development Agency has traditionally been a stand-alone agency to help people living in poverty.

It reported to Parliament through the Ministry of International Cooperation.

But now, the federal government is folding CIDA into the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

That has some humanitarian organizations concerned about tying aid to Canada's self-interest rather than to simply helping those in need.

David Jefferess is chair of the cultural studies program at UBC Okanagan and has studied humanitarian aid.

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