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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


upcoming events

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


Global Hive Webinar series and Conference: Tools for Engaging Global Citizens
(See full Flash for details)

Rethinking Canadian Aid Symposium: Foundations, Contradictions and Possibilities
21-22 September 2013
Centre for Foreign Policy Studies,
Dalhousie University
Halifax, NS


Group of 78 Annual Policy conference – “Responding to China’s Global Re-emergence"
September 27-29
Cartier Place Suite Hotel,
180 Cooper Street
Ottawa, ON


First World Congress on Access to Post-Secondary Education – Connecting the Unconnected
October 7-10
Mount Royal Centre,
Montreal, QC


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


CSIH’s 20th Canadian Conference on Global Health
Ottawa, ON
Oct 27-29, 2013


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
Ottawa, ON


Innovation Fair 2013: Showcasing Innovations in Children & Youth Programming
November 2013,
Toronto, ON
(Time and Location TBD)


Putting public in public services: Call for Papers and Panels
April 13-16, 2014
Research, Action & Equity in the Global South International Conference
Cape Town,
South Africa


CCIC Fall Conference
November 21-22
Details to follow


CCIC In The News

Another non-report on human rights and trade with Colombia
Op Ed in Embassy
June 26, 2013


End of Canadian International Development Agency marks culmination of tumultuous few years for Canadian international assistance
The Montreal Gazette
June 28, 2013


Americas dropped from Minister’s job description
July 17, 2013


Youth internship program faces uncertain future
July 17, 2013


Stages internationaux: le fédéral menace de sabrer le budget
La Presse
July 18, 2013


Reveal enemies list, critics challenge Stephen Harper’s PMO
The Toronto Star
July 24, 2013


Civil society organization wants Stephen Harper to reveal his ‘enemies list’
Yahoo News
July 24, 2013


Nous ne sommes pas des ennemis
Le Devoir
July 30, 2013


Ottawa couperait dans les stages internationaux pour jeunes axés sur le développement
Radio-Canada International
August 1, 2013

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August 29: Looking ahead to a fast-paced fall agenda

While we may not see many MPs returning to the Hill until next month with the forthcoming prorogation of Parliament (my son asked if he could also prorogue school until October), September is a time when we emerge from the pleasures of summer and return to the reality (and pleasures!) of work.

For CCIC, as for many of you, this fall will be an extremely busy time.

We got ahead of the September crunch with a joint event on Religion and Development with the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) at the end of August. It was a good turnout and rich discussion, with lots of our members attending. It is clearly an issue that has captured the interest and attention of many of our members, with people already curious about what sort of follow-up is planned.


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The end of International Youth Internship Programs at DFATD?

Late June, after hearing from an unofficial, but credible, source that the government had decided to close the International Youth Internships Program (IYIP) (around since 1997), and the International Aboriginal Youth Internship Initiative (IAYI) (a pilot project for one year), a working group of CCIC and Provincial Council members and others came together, hoping to reverse the decision. The group reacted quickly by preparing key messages, testimonies from past participants and a sample letter to Minister Baird, to be used by individuals and organizations.


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Paradis replaces Fantino as Development Minister

With July’s cabinet shuffle, former CIDA Minister of International Co-operation Julian Fantino has been replaced by Industry Minister Christian Paradis as the new Minister for International Development in the merged Department for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.


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From transition to implementation – the DFATD merger

With the June royal assent of the legislation to formally merge the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) with the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), DFATD has moved from a transition to implementation phase.


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Post-2015 discussions continue

On the heels of the High Level Panel report on post-2015 and civil society’s response to the UN Secretary General (UNSG) on that report, the Global Compact has outlined its perspectives, Beyond 2015 has synthesized the findings of its consultations and corresponding demands, and UNSG Ban Ki Moon released his report on the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals until 2015 and the recommendations on the post-2015 agenda.


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Training on the Istanbul Principles

Duncan Holmes, a member of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC), was selected by CCIC to participate in a global training on CSO Development Effectiveness in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the end of June.


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New on CCIC’s blog

At the end of July, CCIC launched a new and improved blog - more features, more interaction, a clean and simple design, and fully integrated into our website. We continue to look for guest contributors.


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Coalition profile : Food Security Policy Group

Since 1996 and the World Summit on Food Security, the FSPG has brought together Canadian international development and humanitarian agencies, farmers’ organizations and human rights groups who have worked for decades in sectors related to enhancing sustainable agriculture and food security in developing countries and Canada. It has 23 members (including CCIC). In the early days, the coalition focused largely on two streams of work: ensuring the WTO's Agreement on Agriculture (AoA) did not negatively affect food security in developing countries where agriculture is crucial for the livelihoods of poor people; and on untying food aid and encouraging Canada to use its aid dollars to support smallholder farms and promote sustainable agriculture and rural livelihoods.


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MEMBER PROFILE: Islamic Relief Canada

This month CCIC met with Sallah Hamdani, CEO at Islamic Relief Canada, part of the global family of Islamic Relief Worldwide that was founded in 1984. Operating in 35 countries around the world, Islamic Relief Canada's primary objective is to promote sustainable development, but they also respond to disasters and emergencies.  Read about Islamic Relief's work with refugees, and in Syria, and their recent "War on Hunger" campaign.


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Canadian Delegation Explores Labour and Corporate Impunity issues in Colombia

From July 11-16, a delegation of 17 Canadian civil society and parliamentary representatives carried out a mission to Colombia. Its goals were to witness and support a popular hearing on Canadian oil company Pacific Rubiales Energy and to evaluate the consequences of the company’s oil production in the region.


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Two new APWG Reports: Annual Symposium 2013 and Annual Meeting with CIDA Asia Branch

CCIC’s Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) organized its one-day annual symposium on April 16th in Ottawa. The Symposium focused primarily on Canada’s trade and investment agenda in Asia and its impacts on populations in the region. Speakers included Sanya Reid Smith (Third World Network), Afsar Jafri (Focus on the Global South), Ah Nan (Burma Rivers Network), Stuart Trew (Council of Canadians), Daniel Poon (North-South Institute) and Denis Côté (APWG-CCIC).


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New online Development Magazine: Development Post

“Surfacing ideas in development through curated content and beautiful design” is part of the mission of Development Post, a new and free online magazine published in London, UK. Development Post's summer 2013 edition is out now: Security for Prosperity - plumbing the depths of country security: what is it, who are the actors, and why is it increasingly relevant to the aid and development community?  Sign up to receive regular copies in your inbox, or on your iPad.

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Attend the launch of “Investments to End Poverty” in New York

Development Initiatives (DI) is launching their inaugural “Investments to End Poverty” report on 23 September at the UN General Assembly. Appearing alongside DI Executive Director Judith Randel is Homi Kharas, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director for the Global Economy and Development programme at Brookings Institution. Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of Oxfam International, will reflect on the need for universal responsibility in financing post-2015 goals and on improved accountability mechanisms. Register to attend.

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DAC statistical report on donor spending on the environment

The OECD Development Assistance Committee recently released “Aid in support of environment,” a statistical report on OECD donor programming commitments.  It is based on a "marker system" used to identify activities as a principal or significant objective.  “Principal” represents the best proxy for donor spending as it is where addressing the environment is a principal objective and result, rather than just a portion of the overall objective (“Significant”).  Canada ranked middle of the OECD pack. The raw data for this report is also available.

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What is the state of Global Humanitarian Assistance?

The 10th edition of the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report is out, assessing humanitarian financing and emerging trends and issues. This year the Report looks at how international assistance has responded to the scale of recent global humanitarian crises, including action to strengthen response. It also features a number of ‘in focus’ reports, each providing an overview of current issues (new and emerging donors, the crisis in Syria and lessons learnt from the 2011 Horn of Africa food crisis).

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How is Canada doing on its pledges to education?

In July, the Global Partnership for Education released its first Pledge Monitoring Report to track donor commitments to education following the GPE’s first pledging conference in 2011 in Denmark. The Report contains an overview of trends in financing for education, as well as chapters containing summaries of each partner's pledge – Canada, among others, has reduced its support to basic education plus.

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IDRC invites applications for its Canadian Partnerships Small Grants

IDRC invites applications for its 2013-2014 Small Grants for Innovative Research and Knowledge Sharing. Provided through the Canadian Partnerships program, these grants support research, knowledge-building, and knowledge-sharing projects. They also fund events and small dissemination activities and products. These grants are open to local, regional, national, and international organizations, incorporated and headquartered in Canada that produce or share knowledge for development. Individuals may not apply. Organizations new to IDRC are encouraged to apply. The deadline is September 9, 2013. 

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