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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

Events
CCIC In The News
 

CCIC presents

In conversation with Duncan Green
May 10, 2013
University of Ottawa

 

CCIC Annual Forum and AGM
May 23-24, 2013
Minto Hotel
Ottawa

 


upcoming events

 

AKFC Seminars on Innovative Financing for Development
30 April 2013
16 May 2013
Ottawa

 

Africa Communicating: Digital Technologies, Representation, Power
May 1-3, 2013
Institute of African Studies Carleton University
Ottawa

 

Quel avenir pour l’aide internationale?
May 2, 2013
Breakfast and Conference
Le Conseil des relations internationales de Montréal

 

Canada and the Americas: Travelling-Knowledges-Peoples-Solidarities
CALACS Congress
May 3-5, 2013
Ottawa

 

Governing natural resources for Africa’s Development
May 9-10, 2013
The North-South Institute
Ottawa

 

Membership – Golden Goose or a Noose?
May 14, 2013
With Tim Plumptre & Mark Blumberg
Ottawa

 

CASID 2013 Annual Conference
June 4 - 6, 2013
University of Victoria
British Columbia

 

Run for Biodiversity
USC Canada
May and Oct 2013
Various cities

 

CCIC In The News

CUPE's Budget 2013 Issue Note - CIDA/DFAIT merger
CUPE website
April 3, 2013

Aid, diplomacy strange bedfellows
The Chronicle Herald
April 7, 2013

CCIC's Julia Sanchez On Recent Decision By Canada's Federal Govt. To 'Fold' CIDA Into DFAIT
Aid Works / 107,3 Radio
April 10, 2013

 
 
 
 

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT-CEO

CCIC Board Members Meet with Minister Fantino

On April 16th, five members of the CCIC Board and I were finally able to meet with Minister Fantino, after several postponed attempts following our initial request in August 2012. When we first requested the meeting, our main objective was to welcome the Minister to his new position and set the stage to re-establish a more favorable rapport between NGOs and his office and CIDA. Minister Oda’s term had been difficult for relationships between most NGOs and CIDA, and we hoped to turn that proverbial page and embark on a more constructive collaboration. But as months went by, the agenda for an eventual meeting became more charged.

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SECTOR

Partnerships on the agenda in Bali

March was all about Partnership. Fraser Reilly-King on behalf of CCIC, went to Bali, Indonesia, to attend the High Level Panel (HLP) of Experts on the Post-2015 Development Agenda meeting with civil society and the two day CSO prep conference.

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Relaunch of Policy Advisory Group

In 2010, CCIC’s Board launched a Policy Advisory Group (PAG) to identify and discuss strategic policy opportunities for the Council in relation to the 10-Point Agenda to End Global Poverty and Injustice. Comprised primarily of CCIC members and allies, the PAG helps bolster the Secretariat’s capacity to scan and track the sector’s policy needs and opportunities, and provide a channel for member input into CCIC policy priorities in a 6-12 month horizon.

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2013 APWG Annual Symposium: Trade, Investment, and Human Rights in Asia

The Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) of CCIC organized its one-day annual symposium on April 16th in Ottawa. The APWG Annual Symposium focused primarily on Canada’s trade and investment agenda in Asia and its impacts on populations in the region.

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Following up on CIDA-DFAIT merger

Since the amalgamation of CIDA and DFAIT was announced in Federal Budget 2013, CCIC, its members and other international development stakeholders have been meeting and discussing the future of Canadian international development on a regular basis. Key concerns shared by the vast majority in relation with the announcement include...

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CCIC looking to members to shape modules on RBA and partnership in development

As a follow-up to the 2012 focus on socializing the Istanbul Principles (IP) in Canada – workshops in various provinces, the best practice case studies and the IP Calendar – CCIC is collaborating with EQUITAS and the Coady International Institute to develop two modules around integrating rights-based approaches (RBA) into development programming and around equitable partnerships.

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Fighting Impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In the context of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS) Annual Conference, l’Entraide Missionnaire, in collaboration with the Africa-Canada Forum, the Canadian Centre for International Justice and the Institute of African Studies, is organizing the screening of a documentary entitled  ''L'affaire Chebeya, un crime d'État''...

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New ways to participate at the CCIC Annual Forum and AGM

Each year, civil society organizations (CSOs) from across the country convene at the Annual CCIC Forum and AGM to discuss and strategize around the most pressing issues for civil society and international development.  This year’s Forum is entitled “Development and Social Transformation as Shared Responsibility: Building new Bridges and Connections” and will take place between May 23 and 24, 2013, in Ottawa. It will be an important moment for CSOs across the country to debate the future of the sector in Canada. The Forum welcomes non-members of CCIC too!

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Phase 2 of the Canadian International Food Security Research Fund launched

In early April, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of International Cooperation, Lois Brown, announced that Canada will invest an additional $62.5 million in its Canadian International Food Security Research Fund (CIFSRF).

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Are you ready for honest feedback from your local partners?

In an effort to enhance the accountability of organizations to their partners, and to promote better development practice, Keystone Accountability has worked over the past few years with more than 60 international NGOs (INGO) surveying almost 10,000 partners.

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New on CCIC’s blog

Two articles of interest have been published on our blog these past few weeks. In a second article inspired by the publication of the Human Development Report 2013, guest blogger Esther Kwan explains why the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI), is a key complement to the Human Development Index, for describing more adequately human poverty.

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Coalition profile : Control Arms Coalition Canada

The Control Arms Coalition – Canada, which is part of a global coalition, has been actively campaigning for more than 10 years for the United Nations to adopt an Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). An important victory was won last March when a resounding majority (154 votes YES – 3 votes NO, 23 Abstentions consensus) voted in favour of such a treaty.

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MEMBER PROFILE: Project Ploughshares

This month CCIC interviewed Project Ploughshares Executive Director John Siebert. Find out more about the unique contribution to global peace that the organization has provided over the last 38 years, as well as its key role in the successful adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty by the UN Assembly last March.

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CCIC MEMBERS IN ACTION

New book on microfinance

Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) – in partnership with Carleton University’s School of Public Policy and Administration and The MasterCard Foundation – is hosting the next in a series of Seminars on Innovative Financing for Development. This workshop will launch The New Microfinance Handbook, which addresses the need for increased financial inclusion by examining the financial market system and promoting a thorough understanding of client needs.

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Call for Nominees for the Lewis Perinbam Award

The Award Trustees and World University Service of Canada (WUSC) are pleased to announce the 2013 competition for the Lewis Perinbam Award in International Development. The award recognizes:

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WORTH A LOOK

Aid, health and education

This month, the UN University World Institute for Development Economics Research released a series of papers looking at “Healthcare: Barriers to effective aid,” “Making aid work for education in developing countries,” and “Aid for agriculture and rural development”.

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More thoughts on Beyond 2015

Various articles on the post-2015 development agenda continue to circulate. These include “A Matter of Justice: Securing Human Rights in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda” by the Center for Economic and Social Rights, and Will the High Level Panel answer the world’s call for a progressive post-2015 framework? by Saferworld.

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Tax justice gaining traction in Canada

Just as news surfaced about 450 Canadians’ holdings in offshore account, Canadians for Tax Fairness have launched a new book entitled “The Great Revenue Robbery: How to stop the tax cut scam and save Canada.” The book includes chapters by the Dennis Howlett, Peter Gillespie, Jim Stanford, Toby Sanger and Joe Gunn.

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The Atlas of Global Development

The Atlas consolidates and visualizes the latest World Development Indicators. Atlas - World Bank publications.

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Global Health in 2013: Are We Having an Impact?

October 27-29, 2013 – Westin Hotel, Ottawa. You are invited to submit an abstract for the 2013 Canadian Conference on Global Health. Abstracts for oral, poster presentations and for workshops or symposia are welcome in English, French and Spanish! Also, new this year, documentary and video submissions will be considered. Submissions should be directly related to the conference theme. Submit online now! (Please read the instructions below before submitting).

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