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Message from the President-CEO
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CCIC Members in Action
Worth a Look

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Transformative Leadership Education Programs
April-December 2013
Coady International Institute
St-Francis-Xavier University, NS

 

International Development: Bridging the Worlds of Theory, Policy and Practice
October 21-25, 2013
McGill University
Faculty of Management
Montreal, QC

 

Canadian Humanitarian Conference: Challenges and Opportunities for Canada
October 30, 2013
Ottawa, ON

 

WUSC 3rd Annual International Forum: Great Development Debates
November 1-3, 2013
Delta Hotel
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Call for Expressions of Interest
Innovation Fair 2013: Showcasing Innovations in Children & Youth Programming November 2013, Toronto (Time and Location TBD) For more info, contact Jeremy Greenberg
from Save the Children

 

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April 13-16, 2014
Research, Action & Equity in the Global South International Conference
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CCIC In The News

Ottawa signals merger won’t affect humanitarian aid
The Globe and Mail
April 29, 2013

 

CIDA merger with DFAIT
CTV News
May 3, 2013

 

Has CIDA been DFAITD?
Discourse Magazine
May 2013

 

CIDA-DFAIT merger
Whither Canada’s development effort?

Mondial
May 2013

 

CIDA DFAIT merger doesn't worry experienced development advocates
The Lobby Monitor
June 10, 2013

 
 

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT-CEO

June 27th, 2013: Adieu CIDA

In the next Flash – coming out in late August – I plan to share my takeaways from the CCIC Annual Forum and also reflect on the great interactions I have had in the different provincial and regional council meetings that I have been privileged enough to attend. But today, I feel it important to mark the moment with a solemn pause and brief “adieu” to CIDA.

Despite the insistence from officialdom that all will remain the same, that things will only get better, and that this is not a take over nor a merger but rather an amalgamation, and despite the stubborn insistence of too many people that this could be a good thing in the end, and that it in any case does not have to be a bad thing… this is a sad day.

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SECTOR

One step closer to CIDA/DFAIT merger

Throughout May and June, CCIC and it's members have been actively following developments around the CIDA-DFAIT merger. The draft legislation was referred by the Finance Committee to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development for review, with presentations from several witnesses, including CCIC Chair Jim Cornelius.

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Rochon replaces Biggs as top development bureaucrat

On July 8, Paul Rochon, currently Associate Deputy Minister of Health and special advisor to the Minister of Finance on negotiations for a Canadian securities regulator, will become the Deputy Minister for International Development under the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.

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A first step towards more transparency for Canadian mining

On June 12, in advance of the G-8, Canada announced that it will establish new, mandatory reporting standards for payments made to foreign and domestic governments by Canadian extractive companies. Leaders of the world's eight richest countries pledged after their 2011 meeting to consider new rules that would allow for greater scrutiny of companies' payments to governments.

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Panel of Eminent Persons proposes post-2015 framework

On May 30th, the High Level Panel of Experts on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP) released their final report, framing an “ambitious, yet achievable” development framework for what will succeed the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), established in 2000 and intended to be achieved by 2015.

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Help pilot HRBA methodology and equitable partnership tools

Since January 2013, CCIC has been working with Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights Education and the Coady International Institute, to design some modules on Human Rights Based Approaches (HRBA) and Equitable Partnership.

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Bill S-14 adopted, despite concerns that it could hinder humanitarian efforts

Bill S-14, the Fighting Foreign Corruption Act, was introduced in the Senate on February 5 to amend the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act (CFPOA), and received Royal Assent on June 19. The two key points of interest of Bill S-14 for our sector are the inclusion of not-for-profit organizations in the dispositions of the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, and the prohibition of facilitation payments to foreign officials.

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Calling all emerging leaders!

Take a quick moment and consider your team – is there someone who fits the following criteria: a young person (loosely defined as under thirty); committed to the sector, passionate about their role in it, and envisages themselves in its future;...

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World Bank President in Ottawa

On June 10th Jim Yong Kim, the President of the World Bank, spent the day in Ottawa and, thanks to NSI’s Joe Ingram, his first stop was at a meeting with Civil Society representatives. Self-identifying as the “first development person and person of color to head the World Bank”, Mr. Kim left many of us present at the meeting with a strong sense that a reflective and visionary person, with ample experience to draw from, is heading an organization that remains a key player on the development scene worldwide.

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Asia Pacific Working Group Annual Meeting with CIDA Asia Branch

Asia Pacific Working Group (APWG) members met with CIDA Asia Branch staff on May 29th to discuss various issues, including the CIDA-DFAIT merger and its potential impacts on development programs and projects in the region, coordination with CIDA’s Partnership with Canadians Branch, as well as CIDA’s current priority countries and themes — with a focus on the role of the private sector.

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Americas Policy Group Annual Spring Meeting

CCIC’s Americas Policy Group (APG) held one of its tri-annual meetings on June 4-5, bringing together members from coast to coast. The meeting consisted of both learning sessions and strategic work planning sessions.

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New on CCIC’s blog

CCIC’s blog always welcomes contributions and new voices from the sector, and last May was an excellent month in this regard, with the participation of four guest bloggers who were either volunteering or participating as Emerging Leaders in our Annual Forum 2013.

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Coalition profile : The Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability

CCIC has been a member of the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability (CNCA) since its inception in 2005. The CNCA unites civil society groups across Canada who are advocating for federal legislation to establish mandatory corporate accountability standards for Canadian extractive companies operating abroad, especially in developing countries.

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MEMBER PROFILE: Action Canada for Population and Development

This month CCIC met with Sandeep Prasad, Executive Director at Action Canada for Population and Development (ACPD). ACPD was founded in 1997 and has been much engaged in the promotion of reproductive and sexual rights and health as human rights. Read about ACPD’s involvement in the High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD), share their comments on theHigh-Level Panel report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and much more.

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CCIC MEMBERS IN ACTION

CCIC members rock! Meet the four winners of CCIC’s 2013 Innovation and Effectiveness Awards

One of this year’s new activities at the CCIC Annual Forum 2013 was the 2013 Innovation and Effectiveness Awards, and CCIC has recognized four winning organizations/projects.

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WORTH A LOOK

Beyond Aid: A Plan for Canada’s International Cooperation

This research report by the North-South Institute looks at Canada’s engagement with the developing world, arguing that a broader vision that includes aid and non-aid policies is needed for Canada to achieve better Policy Coherence for Development and be an effective international development actor.

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Resilience and the inequality of risk

This report by Oxfam International shows that vulnerability to risks like climate change, hazards and insecurity are higher in countries with greater income inequality. Thus resilience-building work must address the underlying causes of vulnerability, not just the symptoms.  The report argues that our approach to poverty reduction must shift dramatically to better support poor people to cope, and ultimately thrive, in the face of shocks, stresses and uncertainty.

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Reflecting on the MDGS and Making Sense of the Post-2015 Development Agenda

NSI's new report examines the Millennium Development Goals and identifies the processes, issues, architecture and emerging challenges that are influencing the post-2015 debate.

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Global Social Justice Journal

The Centre for International Studies at Cape Breton University announces the publication of the inaugural issue of its peer-reviewed Global Social Justice Journal. The purpose of this new publication is to transcend the academic/social activist divide by disseminating peer reviewed research on normative global social justice issues including economic globalization, human rights, indigenous peoples, the environment, education, gender, class, political culture and race.

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Tax Evasion and the Use of Tax Havens

This report published in May 2013 by the Standing Committee on Finance examines tax avoidance and tax evasion in Canada, as well as the methods used domestically and internationally to detect and prosecute — and thereby reduce — aggressive tax planning so that taxpayers pay their fair share of tax.

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4th year undergraduate Carleton students available for internships in NGOs

Carleton University students participating in a 4th year undergraduate seminar in the 'development' specialization (part of Kroeger College, the undergraduate program for students interested in public policy) are available and keen to work in the NGO sector. The seminar (12 weeks from September-December) provides a learning opportunity for the students while contributing something useful to an NGO.

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