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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 AGM and Forum
23-24 May 2013


Refresher on the role of lobbying for NGOs
19 March 2013


Asia-Pacific Working Group 2013 Symposium
16-17 April 2013



upcoming events

Visions of One World – Photo Contest
USC Canada
2 March 2013

Walk in Her Shoes
CARE Canada
8 March 2013


Afghanistan’s Path to 2014 and Beyond - the Transformational Decade
University of Ottawa
14 Mar 2013


Political Action Conference
Canadian Labour Congress 22 March 2013 Toronto


Climate Change & Development: Global challenges... responses
C4D with IDRC
Toronto: 13 Mar 2013
Ottawa: 3 Apr 2013


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


Run for Biodiversity
USC Canada
May and Oct 2013 Various cities



CCIC In The News

We’re breaking a promise to the world’s poor
8 Feb 2013

CIDA praises, buries Development and Peace
Dennis Gruending
10 Feb 2013

Time to Reverse the Cuts Made to International Development
Huffington Post Julia Sanchez and Jean-Francois Tardif
10 Feb 2013

Aid and the private sector: a love story
From Poverty to Power, Oxfam
11 Feb 2013

Memories of Busan: HLF-4 and the Private Sector
State (of) Development blog 12 Feb 2013

Religious charities see surge of CIDA aid, study says
Toronto Star
12 Feb 2013

Il est temps d'annuler les compressions dans l'aide internationale
Huffington Post
Julia Sanchez
13 Feb 2013

Reverse the cuts made to international development
Toronto Star
19 February 2013



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As of this March, it will have been two years since CIDA launched the call for proposals for the Over $2M  (the Under $2M was launched shortly thereafter in April). This was a critical step in the implementation of the new funding mechanism for Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) through the Partnerships with Canadians Branch (PWCB), for it in effect replaced, though in very limited ways, what until then had been institutional responsive funding for CSO partners doing development work overseas and public education work in Canada. Though in 2010 funding to Canadian CSOs (excluding Universities and Colleges) represented only 16% of CIDA’s program budget, it accounted for support to more than 250 CSOs for their on-going partnerships in 120 developing countries. This amounted to approximately $560 million invested by CIDA in these partnerships and development programs, an amount which leveraged more than a billion from Canadians in donations.  The results and long-term impact of these endeavours are well documented and impressive, and cover a wide gamut of themes such as water and sanitation, education, women’s rights, governance, humanitarian assistance and reconstruction, health, and economic development, among others.


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Post-2015 discussions on a roll

January was a busy month for the post-2015 process. The Beyond 2015 campaign consolidated its thinking around the Vision, Purpose, Values and Criteria of a post-2015 framework. There have been national deliberations in 30 countries facilitated by the campaign. And there was a major civil society consultation with the High-Level Panel (HLP) on the post-2015 development framework in Monrovia, at which CSOs submitted Vision Statements on the five roundtable groups to the HLP Co-chair President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and an Outcome Document from Civil Society Consultations with the HLP.


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Denmark sets the gold standard for transparency

While CIDA continues to make strides in its own transparency through the International Aid Transparency Initiative, and are ahead of DANIDA (the Danish Aid Agency) in terms of both their reporting to the IATI registry and the quality of that reporting, DANIDA just raised the bar for all donors.


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Third biennial Finance consultation on the ODA Accountability Act

In collaboration with the Halifax Initiative, CCIC made a submission to Finance Canada as part of its consultation on the ODA Accountability Act, our third since the consultations began in 2008. While CCIC continues to appreciate the fact that Finance Canada is the only Department to have ever held official consultations on the Act, regrettably, these consultations have become increasingly perfunctory. None of the recommendations that CCIC, nor other organizations, have made since 2008 have been taken up (other than a longer consultation period), nor is any feedback provided to those groups who make submissions.


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New on CCIC’s blog

We have three new posts since last FLASH: a blog from Rebecca Winthrop entitled How do you support teachers? Pay them, originally published in the Education for All Blog of the Global Partnership for Education; one on the new Food Assistance Convention (FAC), written by Barbara Macdonald from the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and finally, a joint blog on Guatemalan human rights defenders visiting Canada.


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MEMBER PROFILE: Match International


Malawi: Re-usable, locally sourced and crafted sanitary pads enable the full participation of girls in school, while providing local women with business opportunities.

This month CCIC interviewed MATCH International Executive Director Jess Tomlin. This interview sheds light on a successful organizational comeback, the International Campaign to Stop Rape and Violence in Conflict, the Women’s Fund for Social Innovation, and more...

Read the full interview...

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New Oxfam Briefing on Mali

In late January, Oxfam released a new briefing paper on Mali’s conflict refugees and how the humanitarian community is responding to the plight of the 375,000 Malians that have fled the conflict in the North.

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Overcoming Chronic Food Insecurity

The reports of a conference co-organized by the Humanitarian Coalition and the Food Security Policy Group on Overcoming Chronic Food Insecurity: What Lessons After 2 Years of Major Droughts in Africa? are now available.

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CNCA members leave Centre for Excellence in CSR following Government of Canada termination of funding

For the past three years several member organizations of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) have participated in the Executive Committee of the Centre for Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). These organizations were the United Steelworkers, MiningWatch Canada, Mennonite Central Committee Canada, KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives and Amnesty International Canada. In the last few weeks each of those organizations has ended their participation in the Centre. The Government of Canada’s termination of funding for the Centre at the end of March 2012 was a major factor in the decision of each organization to leave.

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Hearing the voices of social movements

The Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation has just released The Future We the People Need, a report that highlights the perspectives of new social, trade union, and protest movements in regions that have experienced great social upheaval due to recent crises—North Africa and the Middle East, Europe, and North America.

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New report gives voice to aid recipients

CDA Collaborative Learning, a non-profit in Massachusetts, has released a 150-page book entitled Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid, which is available for free download. The book captures the experiences and voices of over 6,000 people who have received international assistance, observed the effects of aid efforts, or been involved in providing aid.

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Corporate power around the world

Just ahead of the Davos World Economic Forum, the Transnational Institute released an infographic that visualizes the biggest companies in the world, the corporations that control them, and how their power compares with that of states.

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Right to Food Report on Canada now available

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food has released the Report of his mission to Canada that took place in May 2012. The report will be formally presented to the UN Council on Human Rights on March 4 in Geneva.

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