CCIC e-bulletin: December 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

APWG Webinar: Impacts of trade agreements on human rights in Asia With Pitman Potter (UBC)
15 Jan 2013
Register with Denis Cote


APWG Webinar: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement With Sanya Reid Smith (Third World Network)
22 Jan 2013
Register with Denis Cote


APWG Webinar: Implications of free trade with India With Asfar Jafri (Focus on the Global South)
13 Feb 2013
Register with Denis Cote



CCIC Leaders Forum
27 Feb 2013 Ottawa



upcoming events

Conference: Overcoming Chronic Food Insecurity
Humanitarian Coalition and Food Security Policy Group
9 Jan 2012
University of Ottawa

Online Fundraising Workshops for NGOs
Public Response 15 & 22 Jan 2013

KAMA Benefit Reading Series
World Literacy Canada
Jan – May 2013

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

Strengthening Organizations: Webinar Series for Charities and Nonprofits
Various dates
Jan-March 2013

OCIC Workshops
Principles of Financial Management
28-29 Jan 2013

Personal Security
12-13 Feb 2013
26-27 Feb 2013

Security Management
14 Feb 2013
28 Feb 2013


Equitas Gala Cocktail
5 Feb 2013


CWY Talks
Canada World Youth
7 Feb 2013


World Community Film Festival
CoDevelopment Canada & World Community Development Education Society
15-17 Feb 2013


Walk in Her Shoes
CARE Canada
8 March 2013


Political Action Conference
Canadian Labour Congress 22 March 2013 Toronto


Write for a Better World
World Literacy of Canada
5 April 2013




CCIC In The News

Fantino under fire to explain CIDA direction
Kim Mackrael, Globe and Mail
4 Dec 2012

Past failure not deterring CIDA minister from business partnership model
James Munson,
4 Dec 2012

La nouvelle politique en matière de développement international inquiète les organisations non gouvernementales
Chantal Havard
5 Dec 2012

Canada’s NGOs aren’t looking for charity, Mr. Fantino
Julia Sánchez,
9 Dec 2012

Private sector loomed large in debate over future development policy
Ally Foster,
Embassy Magazine
12 Dec 2012

CIDA smiles on resource sector despite mixed social returns
James Munson,
13 Dec 2012





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Year in Review

One of the most interesting things of the End of Year Holidays is that it prompts us to look back at the year we are about to close, and reflect on where we were when we started the year, and where we are now.

The relationship between CIDA and CSOs

We started off the New Year on a low in the sector, because a significant number of our members received depressing news on Dec 23rd when the results of a couple of key calls for proposals at CIDA were finally made public. After what seemed like eternal delays in the decision-making process, our fears were confirmed – the approved projects cut out a large number of organizations that had been doing excellent work, recognized by their partners and by CIDA itself. For those organizations that were successful, a new phase of negotiations, often lengthy and painful, would begin before they could start implementing the new projects on the ground with their partners.


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Save the date - Leaders’ Forum 2013

Before you turn off the lights in your office for the end of year holidays, please make sure you have marked your calendar for February 27th in Ottawa for the 2013 CCIC Leaders’ Forum. The year that ends has witnessed important changes in the context for international development organizations, both globally and in Canada, and these changes require collective responses. Of these challenges, identified by our leaders in May 2012, is how to communicate better with the Canadian public and generate more support for our work.


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Start 2013 with an Istanbul Principles Calendar!

IP calendar

In partnership with the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, and with the support of the Provincial and Regional Councils and the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness, CCIC has developed a 2013 calendar featuring the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness. The calendar tells the story of the Principles, and why they matter. Each month profiles a different Principle and directs you to case studies that showcase some of the best and most innovative practice of Canadian development and humanitarian organizations in the field. It is a story worth telling. If you have not received a copy of this calendar but would like to, please contact Alice Ouedraogo.

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Highlights from CSO Platform for Development Effectiveness Kenya meetings

After two days of intense discussion, fifty civil society leaders and representatives of all the different regions and sub-regions of the world, from the faith-based, feminist, labour, rural sectors, and international civil society organizations, met in Nairobi, Kenya, and launched the CSO Platform for Development Effectiveness (CPDE).


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New on CCIC’s blog

CCIC’s Policy Analyst Fraser Reilly-King was in Kenya early December, along with 50 representatives from around the world and from the rural, faith based, feminist sectors and international civil society organizations (CSOs). The group came together to plan the future engagement around the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) and the work at the regional and national level, and to launch a new collective CSO Platform for Development Effectiveness (CPDE). He wrote a two-part blog on this challenging exercise.


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MEMBER PROFILE: Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA)


Friendship and solidarity between BC communities and Zambian communities through VIDEA’s Twinning Programme

This month, CCIC spoke with Lesley Palmer, Programme Manager at the Victoria International Development Education Association (VIDEA), a dynamic NGO based in British Columbia. VIDEA was established as a non-profit organization in 1977 to “inspire thought and action on global issues”. The organization will be celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2013 and we take this opportunity to present some of the work done by VIDEA on global education and on partnering with Southern organizations through the years, as well as some initiatives being developed more recently.


Read the full interview...


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CoDevelopment Canada Recognized for Outstanding Contribution to Human Rights

On December 5, CoDev received the 2012 Renate Shearer Award from the United Nations Association in Canada and the B.C. Human Rights Coalition. CoDevelopment Canada is a B.C.-based NGO that works for social change and global education in the Americas.


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CCIC’s Chair and Canadian Foodgrains Bank Executive Director Honoured

Warm congratulations to CCIC’s chair Jim Cornelius, who received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in November. Jim was awarded the medal for his contribution to helping end global hunger, through the work that he has been doing with Canadian Foodgrains Bank. The medal, which honours significant contributions and achievements by Canadians, marks the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the Throne as Queen of Canada.

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International cooperation in Quebec : AQOCI research on the current difficulties

The Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI) undertook a research project to analyze the current situation for civil society working in international cooperation in Quebec, in order to analyze the impact of changes at CIDA over the past two years, on AQOCI’s member organizations. On November 14, AQOCI presented the results of this research in a special general meeting attended by nearly 100 people.

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Development and Peace writes letter to Minister Fantino

On December 13, Development and Peace sent a letter to Minister Fantino expressing their concerns and the concerns of their Southern partners. The letter speaks to the often negative impacts of foreign direct investment in developing countries, in particular in relation with extractive industries.

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Labour sector facilitates collaboration and learning

CCIC’s labour-sector members played a convening role at several important events in November. On November 29th, the Canadian Labour Congress organized a working meeting to explore research that can help expose and challenge corporate influence over public policy.


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Oxfam International series of blogs on agriculture and food security

In November, Oxfam International launched a series of blogs on Making the food system work for women and the future of agriculture.

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Plan Canada report finds violence in schools key barrier to education

Plan Canada’s new global report: A Girl’s Right to Learn Without Fear, a joint initiative with the University of Toronto’s International Human Rights Program (IHRP), finds that globally, between 500 million and 1.5 billion children experience school-related gender-based violence (SRGBV) every year.



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IDRC launches call for applications

IDRC invites applications for its 2012-2013 Small Grants for Innovative Research and Knowledge Sharing. Provided through the Canadian Partnerships program, these grants support research, knowledge-building, and knowledge-sharing projects.


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Reality of Aid report on Aid and the Private Sector launched

CCIC, as Vice-Chair of the Reality of Aid Network, was in Nairobi, Kenya to launch the network’s biennial flagship report, with the 2012 edition focusing on Aid and the Private Sector: Catalysing Poverty Reduction and Development?


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Philippine Journal tackles food sovereignty issues in Southeast Asia

Kasarinlan, the Philippine Journal of Third World Studies, recently launched an issue on Food Sovereignty in Southeast Asia, with 35 articles and reviews (free to download) from academics and civil society organizations, including an article co-written by CCIC’s Denis Cote.

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New website highlights impact of financial regulation on human rights

A task force of human rights organizations and networks launched today a website devoted to highlighting the globally growing concern about the impact of financial regulation on human rights. The website is


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One stop shop for details on climate change and food security

The CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security has released a suite of 30 key facts, based on scientific papers, on the links between agriculture and climate change, entitled Big Facts.

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