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Message from the President-CEO
New Developments in the Sector
Member Profile
CCIC Members in Action
Worth a Look

Events
CCIC In The News
 

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NOT TO BE MISSED
CCIC’s Annual Forum and AGM Redefining Development Partnerships: A new Role for Canadians in Global Equality and Cooperation
Ottawa, May 13-15, 2014
In collaboration with CAIDP and others
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Registration opening on March 13th.
 
Workshop on international investment agreements
March 26, 2014
Ottawa, ON
To register, please contact Denis Côté
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Imagine. Innovate. Initiate
Carleton's Engineers Without Borders Second Wine and Cheese
March 6-7, 2014
Ottawa, ON

 

Cooperate for equality between men and women in the world: 30 years of challenges and accomplishments
(in French)
March 6-7, 2014
Montreal, QC

 

Partnership Brokers Training: A 4-day training course for those brokering multi-stakeholder partnerships
March 17-21, 2014
Ottawa, ON

 

World Literacy Canada Contest: Write for a Better World
April 4, 2014
Canada

 

 

CCIC In The News

Canada : Quand l’aide devient commerciale
Afrique Expansion Magazine
Numéro 44

 

NGOs make online pitch to protect foreign aid in federal budget
iPolitics
January 31, 2014

 

Foreign aid organizations worry more cuts coming in federal budget
CTV News
February 4, 2014

 

NGOs express hope foreign aid will be spared from budget chopping block
iPolitics
February 6, 2014

 

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT-CEO

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SECTOR

How are CSOs in Canada engaging the private sector?

Over the past two decades, Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) have engaged the private sector in a range of ways – through external advocacy and internal dialogue to influence corporate behaviour, and through programs on the ground aimed at promoting local economic development.

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Bring a rights focus to your work and greater equity into your partnerships

At the end of January, and building on a successful pilot workshop in October, CCIC launched a new on-line Guide (in English and French) on Human Rights Based Approaches (HRBA) and Equitable Partnership. Developed in collaboration with the Coady International Institute and Equitas – The International Human Rights Education Centre, the Guide is geared towards providing concrete and very practical tools to organizations, for them to be able to integrate a human rights-based approach (HRBA) into their development programming and to identify a process to intentionally develop equitable partnerships.

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Protect the Aid Budget: 21, 000 supporters signed the petition

In less than three weeks,the Protect the Aid Budget campaign mobilized thousands of Canadians and generated a lot of media coverage. The two asks of the campaign were that no further cuts be made to the aid budget in Budget 2014 announcements, and that all funds allocated to international development be fully used (close to $300 million from last year’s budget were returned to Treasury Board). For now supporters can claim victory, as there was no mention of additional cuts in budget 2014. But let’s not forget that the cuts announced in March 2012, over a three year period, are still being implanted – so the aid budget in Canada continues to decline.

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International Development Week 2014: thank you for sharing your stories!

Responding to a call that was made to CCIC members as well as the Regional and Provincial Councils, many organizations submitted positive and engaging stories on how they are making a difference in international development. Most of the stories –including beautiful photo essays- were published in the Ottawa Citizen Blog on Aid and Development during IDW. And because of the quality of the stories we will keep publishing them in the weeks to come. Please note that it is always possible to submit articles for the Citizen and CCIC’s blog, throughout the year, by contacting Chantal Havard.

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APWG Signed-on to a Joint Letter from Canadian Organizations to the Cambodian Embassy on Respecting Worker’s Rights in Cambodia

Twenty-two human rights, trade union, student, international development and community organizations from across the country, including APWG, signed an Open Letter to the Cambodian Embassy. The letter addresses the need for workers’ rights in Cambodia to be respected, and condemns the violence perpetrated by members of the police and armed forces against striking garment workers there.

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Statement Expresses Concern Over Implications of the Canada-Honduras FTA

The Americas Policy Group has joined 18 other civil society organizations in a statement expressing concern that the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement (FTA) currently being debated in the House of Commons will further undermine human rights and democracy in Honduras. The debate began days after the inauguration of Juan Orlando Hernandez following a controversial presidential election.

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Upcoming workshop on international investment agreements

CCIC’s working groups are collaborating to organize a half day learning workshop on international investment agreements on March 26 in Ottawa. The workshop will be conducted by Penelope Simons and Tony VanDuzer, authors of the book “Integrating Sustainable Development into International Investment Agreements: A Guide for Developing Country Negotiators”.

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New on CCIC blog

Four new articles have been posted to our blog since the last publication of FLASH! Following up on his participation at an open data for development hackathon organized by DFATD, Fraser Reilly-King wrote a piece on the “data revolution” and on what still needs to be done if we want the data to be meaningful and useful for developing countries. After budget 2014 was tabled in parliament, Fraser also wrote an analysis of the actual situation of the aid budget.

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Coming up soon: a short survey for Flash! subscribers

Dear and faithfull readers of FLASH!, you will soon receive a request to complete a short survey on our e-bulletin. This version of FLASH!, with a new template and more content, was launched almost two years ago, and we would like to know what you like and read, what attracts your attention, and what could be improved. So check your inbox in the next two weeks and make sure that you take a few minutes to help us make FLASH! even better.

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Welcoming our new Member Engagement Officer

CCIC is thrilled to have Michelle Bested back on its team as the new Member Engagement Officer! Many of you might have met Michelle in November 2013, when she did an amazing job at coordinating our Policy Conference on Canadian Leadership for a Better World. Michelle is a people’s person and a young professional in international development who recently completed a Masters Degree in Development Management at the London School of Economics.

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Coalition profile : Policy Action Group on Emergency Response (PAGER)

The Policy Action Group on Emergency Response (PAGER) is a member-based coalition that aims to enhance policy and operational dialogue amongst Canadian based organizations engaged in humanitarian response, including the Canadian government around international humanitarian emergencies.  Meeting three times a year, the coalition helps inform policy discussions by drawing on the evidence of operational realities (and vice versa), and creating a permanent space for dialogue and collaboration among Canadian Humanitarian Organisations and the Canadian government.

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MEMBER PROFILE: MiningWatch Canada

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CCIC MEMBERS IN ACTION

ICAD ED newest member to the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund

ICAD’s Executive Director, Robin Montgomery, has been selected to join the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for a three-year term starting in 2014. Congratulations to ICAD and to Robin!

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WORTH A LOOK

Imagine Canada rolling out a new narrative for the charitable sector

Imagine Canada has just released the first elements of its Narrative Tool Kit! As you may have heard, Imagine Canada has been working with others –including CCIC- to create a New Narrative for the charitable and non profit sector – a new conversation with Canadians about the importance of this work. The tool kit is designed to help members of the charitable sector better explain to Canadians who we are, what we do and how we’re making a difference.

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BE THE CHANGE: A global campaign by CIVICUS global to inspire and celebrate citizen action

BE THE CHANGE was launched last November and mobilised over a thousand users on its website who are constantly adding more stories that draw support for campaigns and inspire others to organise, speak out and take action. Once you have registered, you can share stories of actions or campaigns that you, your organisation, another organisation or someone that has inspired you has undertaken.

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What’s rising to the top in the post-2015 discussions

Since January 2013, The North-South Institute has been tracking Post-2015 Development Agenda proposals through their interactive Post-2015 Tracking Tool. After a year of work, they have analyzed their findings and released a report that identifies the issues that are gaining the most traction across post-2015 proposals and showcases the types of data that are being sought to track development progress. Top of the list? Environment, health, education, employment and inclusive growth.

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A new series of publications on aid effectiveness

ADevelopment Policy Review has published a series of articles that emerged from an event entitled "Unpacking Aid Effectiveness: Examining Donor Dynamics" held at the London School of Economics. They include:

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Publication of a New Book on Bright Spots in International Capacity Development

A new book entitled Improving International Capacity Development: Bright Spots by Jim Armstrong, President of The Governance Network, has been published recently by Palgrave Macmillan. Drawing on research and practical experience, Jim Armstrong explores the failures and success-stories of capacity development projects.

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New report by Eurodad: "A matter of high interest: Assessing how loans are reported as development aid"

This report analyses the current debate around concessional lending conditions and assesses how the rules should be refined to ensure that development objectives remain at the core of ODA reporting. More specifically, it looks at the loopholes of the quantitative and qualitative tests used to assess loan concessionality, highlights how some donors have interpreted the system’s ambiguity to implement rules in a way that suits their interests, and outlines concerns of inflated donors’ commitments and debt sustainability in developing countries.

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What do CSOs want from the High Level Meeting on Development Cooperation in Mexico?

In April, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation will be meeting in Mexico to discuss next steps on implementing the outcomes of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness from Busan. Chair of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness discusses the latest developments in a short video.

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Tracking food reserves

Oxfam, Acord and the Institute for Agricultural and Trade Policies have launched a new website to facilitate access to information and create a community of knowledge on local, national, regional and international food reserves. The initiative emerged from a seminar organized in October 2012 by the three groups on the topic.

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Launch of ISID Research to Practice Policy Briefs

McGill’s Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID) has launched a new series of publications, Research to Practice Policy Briefs. The policy briefs, 32 in total, are part of a CIDA-funded project entitled “Strengthening the Contributions of Universities to Evidence-Based Policymaking,” covering a broad range of topics. Titles in the series include:

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IDRC invites applications for its Canadian Partnerships Small Grants

IDRC invites applications for its 2014-2015 Small Grants for Innovative Research and Knowledge Sharing. Provided through the Canadian Partnerships program, these grants support research, knowledge-building, and knowledge-sharing projects. They also fund events and small dissemination activities and products.

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