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

CCIC In The News


CCIC Presents

CCIC Presents: Sam Worthington, President and CEO of InterAction
6 Sept 2012
Delta Hotel (TBC), Montreal

CCIC Presents: The “Rules” of Lobbying Workshop with Sean Moore and Susan Manwaring
18 Sept 2012 Toronto
25 Sept 2012 Ottawa

Thinking Outside the MDG Box
Joint conference with CASID
21-22 Sept 2012 Ottawa

APG Ottawa Members Meeting
16-17 Oct 2012 Ottawa
(location TBD)

Africa-Canada Forum 2012 Colloquium
30–31 Oct 2012 Ottawa
(location TBD)

APWG Montreal Members Meeting
1 Nov 2012 Montréal
(location TBD)

upcoming events

CIVICUS World Assembly
3-7 Sept 2012 Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM), Montréal

Nutrition on the Table: Micronutrients and Global Child Survival
Joint conference Aga Khan Foundation Canada and Micronutrient Initiative
7 Sept 2012 Ottawa

AIDS 2012 Community Report Back and ICAD AGM
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development 18 Sept 2012 Toronto

Global Health in the Shifting World Economy
Canadian Society for International Health
21-23 Oct 2012

Powershift 2012
Conference on climate and environmental justice
26-29 Oct 2012 University of Ottawa/
Museum of Civilization

Partnership Brokers Training
Social Innovation Generation and Partnership Brokers Association
5-9 Nov 2012

Students (Verb) Charities
Youth contest organized by Imagine Canada January 2012 to April 2013


CCIC In The News

Canada funnelling money for medical supplies to Syrian opposition
14 August 2012 Lee Berthiaume, Vancouver Sun

Aid groups continue lobbying for funding as Fantino seeks ‘efficiencies’
16 July 2012
Mark Burgess,
The Lobby Monitor

Fantino wasn't on anyone's short list except PM's: aid rep
11 July 2012 Kristen Shane, Embassy Magazine

Bev Oda's controversial CIDA legacy
7 July 2012
The House, CBC

Bev Oda leaves office 'under a cloud of disgrace': International Co-operation head to step down as MP
4 July 2012
Jordan Press, Vancouver Sun

Bev Oda resignation gives Harper wiggle room for cabinet shuffle
3 July 2012
Jordan Press & Teresa Smith,
Montreal Gazette

Canadian aid changes confusing, OECD says: Reforms may hurt developing nations
20 June 2012
Lee Berthiaume,
Ottawa Citizen


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Welcome to the new format for CCIC’s Flash! e-bulletin. Our new design is completely housed on the CCIC website, and features all the sections that you have come to know (and love!) over the past six months, plus more graphics and a new section this month – CCIC Members in Action – to highlight some of the important work being done by CCIC’s many members.


Opportunity for a new chapter in CSO-CIDA relations?

As I prepare to embark on year two of my mandate at CCIC, charting a new course for the organization and its members, the arrival of the new Minister for International Cooperation, Julian Fantino, presents us with an opportunity to turn the page while establishing a renewed relationship with CIDA.

The relationship between CSOs and CIDA has gone through many ups and downs in the past 40 plus years. This rapport has traditionally been marked by a high degree of mutual respect and of two-way collaboration - a sense of being two sides of the same coin, the “Canadian international development coin”. On the global stage, Canada has historically punched above its weight, and this has been in great part due to the convergence of Canadian government and civil society views around key issues and values - such as respect for human rights and women’s rights in particular, peace building, CSOs as important development actors, and the environment, to name a few.



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The final meeting of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness

On July 1, the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) formally replaced the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-Eff) - the entity that led the High-Level Forum processes that produced the Paris Declaration, the Accra Agenda for Action and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Read more...


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National consultation on the future CSO platform for development effectiveness

Just as the GPEDC has now succeeded the WP-Eff (see above), global civil society has also been thinking about how to orient our future work, what goals and objectives we hope to achieve between now and the next meeting of the GPEDC, and how our own governance structure should reflect the need to be “Global light and country heavy”. Read more...


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CCIC members build new communications task force to redefine the sector’s narrative

Over 15 CCIC member organizations have climbed aboard the newly formed CCIC Communications Task Force, which held its first meeting in July. In a context of shifting relationships between established and emerging development actors and the need to improve our sector’s communications to the Canadian public, this group was assembled with the express purpose of working to redefine our sector’s narrative. Read more...


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CIDA announces additional funding for Afghanistan and the Sahel

Last month CIDA announced a contribution of an additional $227 million in development assistance to Afghanistan between 2014-2017, on top of the $300 million committed for use between 2011 and 2014. Earlier this month CIDA also announced the Sahel Crisis Matching Fund, matching Canadian donations made to registered Canadian charities that are responding to the humanitarian crisis in the Sahel region of Africa. Read more...


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If you have not heard enough about Rio+20…

Already two months have passed since the Rio+20 conference. To put the conference in context, The North-South Institute’s Kate Higgins has written a blog on Rio+20 in a Changing World. The Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness has also compiled a number of statements and reactions from civil society, and Agricultural Transition’s website has many case studies and research on food and agriculture issues related to Rio+20. Read more...


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High Level Panel on Post-2015 announced by UN Secretary-General

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has announced the co-Chairs and composition of the UN High Level Panel to help steer the global development agenda post-2015, when the Millennium Development Goals expire. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom will co-Chair the panel alongside 23 other representatives. Read more...


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Since many of our members were on holidays in the past few weeks, it wasn’t possible to prepare a profile for this FLASH; but this section will be back in September!

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UN Arms Trade Treaty talks end in failure, disappointed Control Arms coalition explains

July saw extensive negotiations at the UN to create an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) to regulate international transfers of conventional weapons. The talks concluded without an agreement, as Project Ploughshares’ Kenneth Epps (co-chair of the steering board of the Control Arms coalition) explained in a recent Globe and Mail op-ed. CCIC members Amnesty International, Development and Peace, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam Quebec, and Project Ploughshares are among the nearly 100 members of the international Control Arms coalition

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World Vision delves into the question of sustainable economic growth and mining operations

This past spring, World Vision held a workshop on sustainable economic growth and mining operations, attended by 27 individuals from the mining sector, federal government, academia and civil society. The workshop focused on the long-term opportunities and challenges associated with mining, as well as the role of local governments in providing for sustainable economic development.  A workshop report was produced and will be made available online soon. In the interim, if you require copies of the report, please contact World Vision’s Onome Ako or Terry Gray.

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charityfocusImagine Canada’s CharityFocus: Is your organization making the most of this important transparency tool?

Canada’s charitable sector represents $79.1 billion or 7.8% of our GDP, creating approximately 2 million jobs, and engaging some 12 million volunteers (these and other Charity Fast Facts are available on the CharityFocus homepage). With the goal of making information on our sector easily accessible, this year Imagine Canada created the CharityFocus website, an important tool for finding information on Canada’s 85,000+ registered charities. This website takes information provided to the Canada Revenue Agency and presents it in an accessible format, allowing for comparison between charities and for organizations to upload additional information. A profile has already been created for every NGO in Canada, so if you have not already done so, verify and supplement the information already available on your organization’s online profile.


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Struggling for EffectivenessNew book: Struggling for Effectiveness: CIDA and Canadian Foreign Aid

University of Ottawa professor and longtime CCIC collaborator Stephen Brown has edited a new book that is about to be released. This book makes a comprehensive examination of CIDA’s efforts, exploring such topics as gender, security, advocacy, public engagement, policy, Canadian politics, relations with NGOs, and more. CCIC’s Denis Cote is among the many contributing authors to this important book. This book is due out soon and can be pre-ordered online.


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CSOs on the Road from Accra to BusanNew report: CSOs on the Road from Accra to Busan

In June, BetterAid, in cooperation with the Open Forum for Development Effectiveness, launched a report written by Brian Tomlinson of AidWatch Canada. This report sets out a narrative of global civil society and the development effectiveness agenda over the past four years and addresses the question: are political leaders from all sectors ready and open to continue, deepen and implement the commitments and directions they set at the 2011 Busan High Level Forum?


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Fair Trade Diamond Mining Story

Journalist Erin Collins recently prepared a special report for CBC’s The National on artisanal diamond mining in Sierra Leone and the work of Ottawa-based NGO Diamond Development Initiative to set up a Fair Trade project as follow-up to the work done on the blood diamond campaign.

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