John Richards of Simon Fraser University is a founding director of the Bangladesh Health Project with strong ties to Bangladesh. He is also a Professor at Simon Fraser University’s School of Public Policy, and a Fellow of the C.D. Howe Institute. In a recent report for the Institute, John argues that Canada’s foreign aid could be more effective if there were strategies in place that addressed the problem of weak host-country governance. In “Diplomacy, Trade and Aid: Searching for Synergies”, John proposes a mix of corporate social responsibility for Canadian firms engaged in low-income countries, diplomatic involvement in aid projects, and aid projects designed to address problems of “weak” host-country governance.