CCIC e-bulletin: October 2012                                          |  Web Version Comments  

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In this issue
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 Leaders Forum
Save the date
February 27, 2013



upcoming events

Food Secure Canada’s 7th National Assembly
1-4 Nov 2012

Is microfinance a viable option to promote local development and poverty reduction? A critical perspective
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Inter Pares, CCIC
1 Nov 2012

WUSC 2012 International Forum: Innovation in Sustainable Development
1-3 Nov 2012

Bringing Revenue Transparency to Canada's Extractive Sector
Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability and Publish What You Pay Canada
5 Nov 2012

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

Writers and Friends Fundraiser
Horizons of Friendship
11 Nov 2012
Port Hope, Ontario

Journées Québecoises de la Solidarité Internationale
7-17 Nov 2012

Afghanistan’s Path to Sovereignty and a Safe and Secure Society
University of Ottawa
14 Nov 2012 Ottawa

KAMA Benefit Reading Series
World Literacy Canada
Jan – May 2013

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



CCIC In The News

Harper arrives in Senegal ahead of francophone summit
10 Oct 2012



Bill C-377: What you need to know about the latest Conservative attack on civil society
Dave Coles,
2 Oct 2012



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The CCIC Board of Directors met on September 27-28 for one of its three annual face-to-face meetings. On the agenda were updates, discussion and decisions on key projects that were approved in the May 2012 Board meeting and that are now taking flight. We refer to this group of projects as “strategic investments” and they have been identified by the CCIC team and approved by the Board given their potential to elevate CCIC’s work and contributions to the sector to a new and sustainable level. I want to share with you all today some highlights of these projects so that you can become familiar with, and eventually engage with and support, this important work of the council.



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Istanbul Principle Case Studies profile best practice of Canadian CSOs

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When CCIC conducted a series of workshops in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba on the Istanbul Principles, the first thing people asked for was a set of case studies to help them translate these new international norms into practice. For many, the Principles felt too abstract, and case studies would help generate ideas on what groups could be doing to enhance their practice. In response, CCIC has been working for the past six months to generate a set of over twenty case studies from a range of different organizations from across the country.



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Canada more transparent, but falling behind peers

At the beginning of October, Publish What You Fund released its second annual 2012 Aid Transparency Index. CCIC played a role in assessing CIDA’s transparency for this Index. The Index ranks 72 donor organisations against 43 indicators of aid transparency at the organisational, country and activity level. Canada ranked 32nd overall, with a score of 46 percent, putting it middle of the field.



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Dialogue on human rights in Colombia

CCIC’s Americas Policy Group (APG) held a members meeting in Ottawa on October 16-17. Approximately 20 organizations from across Canada participated. The meeting’s learning session focussed on the human rights context in Colombia.



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Letter from Americas Policy Group on human rights and security in Guatemala

The Americas Policy Group (APG) wrote a letter to Minister Diane Ablonczy on the occasion of her visit to Guatemala. Minister Ablonczy’s visit aimed to follow through on Canada's commitment to foster security in Guatemala. In the letter, the APG shared its concern over violent repression that has taken place in three regions of the country since President Otto Pérez Molina took office in January 2012.



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Engagement opportunity for members: New Ethics Task Force launched

In September, CCIC organized an interactive half-day workshop on advocacy, lobbying and political action in Canada. The facilitators, Susan Manwaring (National Chair of the Charities and Not-for-Profit Group at the national law firm Miller Thomson LLP) and Sean Moore (principal of the Advocacy School), touched on the specifics of lobbying legislation in Canada.



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MEMBER PROFILE: Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI)

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The staff team at AQOCI

This month CCIC spoke with AQOCI, which is made up of 65 member organizations from 13 regions of Quebec. These organizations work locally and abroad for sustainable human development. Since 1976, AQOCI’s mission has been to promote and support its members’ efforts and initiatives to foster international solidarity. AQOCI’s aim is to eradicate poverty and build a world based on justice, inclusion, equality and the respect for human rights, and it relies on the strength of its network to do so.  In this interview, AQOCI staff speak about their campaigns, as well as social change in Quebec and the effects of CIDA funding cuts in Quebec.

Read the full interview...


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Development and Peace Fall Campaign: “International Development: Do it Justice”

Development and Peace invites Canadians to reflect on Canadian international aid, the principles that should guide it and their own expectations of what it should be. Participants in the campaign are invited to share their concerns towards international aid policies with their member of parliament.

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Canadian Foodgrains Bank is promoting a “Recipe for Ending Global Hunger”

CFGB has launched a postcard campaign asking the federal government to remember the needs of people around the world who don’t have enough to eat, when making crucial decisions.  Members, supporters and partners are invited to participate in the campaign.

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Canadian Hunger Foundation releases report on food security and resilience

Drawing on examples from CHF’s projects around the world, The Road to Resilience: Achieving Food Security by Strengthening Livelihoods examines some of the ways we are helping smallholder farmers in developing countries to thrive.


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Ontario Council for International Co-operation e-magazine call for submissions

Entering its fourth year of publication, OCIC’s iAM multimedia e-magazine recently launched its call for submissions. Writers/artists are asked to send full submissions by November 15, 2012 to OCIC. The theme for this year’s edition is food, in its many roles.

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Oxfam launches report on land grabbing

A new Oxfam Briefing Note titled Our Land, Our Lives: Time out on the global land rush, was released this month and looks at the increasing rate of land grabs in developing countries, and the lack of adequate regulation. This brief also looks at the impact on communities displaced by land grabs. The rate of land grabbing is related to food prices, which are currently once again on the rise.  

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Oxfam Canada’s GROW Week 2012

From October 15 to 19 2012, Oxfam campaigners pushed for small-scale food growers to have better access to land. This campaign gave participants the opportunity to learn, act, and share the message. The campaign is ongoing and people can still get informed and involved.

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Campaign asks federal government to “Reverse the Cuts”

On October 17, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a number of Canadian CSOs working in international development launched a campaign asking the federal government to reverse the cuts that were made to CIDA in the March 2012 budget. Canadians who disagree with the cuts are asked to sign a petition, send a letter to the Prime Minister and contact their MP.

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Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s Official Development Assistance 2011-12

At the end of September, International Co-operation Minister Fantino tabled the Fourth Report to Parliament on the Official Development Assistance Accountability Act.  As in past years, CCIC will be doing a short analysis of the Report.

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State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012

As in the past, this year’s State of Food Insecurity in the World 2012 assesses the state of malnourishment in the world and indicates that progress in reducing hunger over the past 20 years has been better than previously believed. The report also sheds a spotlight on the role of economic growth in reducing hunger, and outlines some of the measures that need to be addressed to ensure better outcomes for the poor in terms of addressing food security, hunger and agricultural development.

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Busan in a nutshell: What next for the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation

Oxfam International’s new brief provides an overview of some of the outcomes from the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, in November 2011, in particular the new principles for development cooperation.  The brief makes an assessment of what will need to happen going forward for Busan to be a success. 

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World Bank Report shows resource wealth does not necessarily bring poverty reduction

Africa's Pulse, a twice-yearly World Bank analysis of Africa's economic prospects, noted that the decline in poverty rates in resource-rich countries has generally lagged behind that of countries without riches in the ground. 


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