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June 11, 2010

1. CIDA Funding to CCIC Threatened

 

CIDA funding to the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is in doubt. A critical and well-respected voice for the world’s poor risks being silenced if funding to CCIC is cut off. CCIC’s three-year contract with CIDA ended on March 31, 2010. Two months into a three-month temporary extension of CCIC’s contract and no word yet from CIDA on the contract’s renewal. In July, CCIC will start operating with no CIDA funds. “Unfortunately, it’s hard not to see de-funding as yet another example of the ‘political chill’ message this government has been sending to the development community,” says Gerry Barr CCIC’s President and CEO. “What we’re experiencing here is punishment politics. Speak out against government policy and risk losing your funding.” To find out more read CCIC’s news release and background document.

2. CCIC CIDA De-funding – Take Action

 

CIDA’s de-funding of CCIC is imminent. Take action in support of the Council. A Take Action section is now on CCIC’s web site. There you can find a sample letter to Minister Bev Oda and a link to post a statement of support on CCIC’s facebook page.  With your help CCIC can continue being a strong voice for social justice and the eradication of poverty.

3. Colombia Trade Deal Passes Committee with Empty Human Rights Amendment

 

Last week, Liberal and Conservative MPs agreed to fast track committee approval of Bill C-2, legislation to implement a controversial trade deal with Colombia, despite not having heard from Colombian human rights and labour activists.  Although there was strong opposition from the NDP and Bloc Quebecois, the Liberal party proposed and got acceptance for an empty human rights side agreement. This side agreement will see Canada and Colombia writing their own reports on the effect of the trade deal on human rights after it is implemented. In accepting this side agreement, the Government and Liberal party have rejected the Parliamentary Trade Committee’s own call from 2008 to ensure an independent human rights impact assessment of the trade deal be undertaken before implementation. Human rights groups have been clear that this new side agreement will do nothing to protect human rights, and sets a low and limiting precedent for other trade deals.

4. Experiences in Gender Equality Programming with CIDA

 

The Informal CSO Working Group on Women's Rights, in which CCIC and several members participate, is collecting information and Canadian CSO experiences of CIDA's responses to members' programming in gender equality and women's rights. The Working Group is monitoring the implementation of CIDA's Gender Equality Policy.  Several Canadian CSOs have had to revise their programming proposals related to gender equality on advice from CIDA.  Several members of the Working Group will prepare a composite analysis of these experiences.  Institutional anonymity will be guaranteed.  Help the Working Group ensure that CSOs retain a strong voice on gender equality in CIDA and send information to Sylvie Perras at CCIC.

Upcoming Events

 

5. Public Engagement Effectiveness Principles—Live Chat on the PE Hub

 

Come learn about the 9 development principles critical to development and public engagement effectiveness. These principles were developed by CCIC members at the recent Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness. Join Janice Hamilton (Manitoba Council for International Cooperation) and other guests on June 23 at 12:30pm (Eastern) in asking: What are the principles at the foundation of your PE programming? Do the 9 principles reflect your priorities? How do these principles “come to life” in your PE Programming? To participate you need to be a member of the PE Hub www.PEHub-ReseauEP.ca and contact Calla Barnett at 613-241-7007 ext. 354.

6. AQOCI to Launch P.E. Hub

 

CCIC and AQOCI will launch the P.E. Hub in a French-language teleconference on June 21 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.  This free teleconference is aimed at public engagement practitioners at AQOCI member organizations and francophones outside Quebec in CCIC member organizations.  Discover what you can do with new technologies in public education and the advantages to using them.  To participate, sign up to the P.E.Hub at www.PEHub-ReseauEP.ca and register for the teleconference with Annick Des Granges at AQOCI at 514-871-1086, ext. 208.

Worth Looking At

 

7. Aid 101 Video Resources

 

“Aid 101” is a two-part learning resource compiled in collaboration with Oxfam Canada as part of a video series designed to provide an introduction to foreign aid  and is targeted at civil society development practitioners working or volunteering in the sector.  Available on CCIC’s website, Part 1: What is ODA and how do we measure it? and Part 2:  How do we improve the quality of Canadian ODA? Provide answers to questions such as as: What is the International Assistance Envelop (IAE) and how does it differ from ODA?  What is Canada’s track record for keeping its commitments? What are some Canadian ODA trends? What is the ODA Accountability Act and what should be guiding Canada’s ODA decisions? For more information contact Michael Stephens at 613-241-7007 ext. 332.

Ethics in a Flash

 

8. Dear Ms Ethics


Dear Ms Ethics: We are committed to transparency, but it can be time consuming and costly to send out detailed reports.  Is it ethical if we send an annual report only to individual donors and then a more detailed report to institutional funders?  Responsive

 

Dear Responsive: Being committed to transparency is not just a matter of sending annual reports.  Operational Standard 4.1 states that, “The Organization shall make full, open, and accurate disclosure to the public of relevant information…”  How this is done is a matter of judgement, but Organizations should aim for maximum transparency in their advertising, fundraising, ongoing donor education, etc.  That judgement should be based on consideration of any other ethical obligations.  In the case of annual reports, would sending many detailed reports negatively impact limited budgets (i.e. stewardship obligation)?  Setting out expectations before funds are received makes it clear what the organization will make available.  In some cases more detailed reporting may be the agreed expectation that must be met (e.g. a contractual agreement with institutional funders).  Providing easily accessible information on your web site helps organizations reach most people (see S6.9), leaving staff free to accommodate special requests.

Note: Flash is moving to its summer schedule. The next Flash will be sent out on July 9.

 

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