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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


Webinar on the creation of a Agence québécoise de solidarité internationale
Nov.1, 1 :30-3 :00 pm
Please contact Chantal Havard

 
“Listed entities”, the Anti-Terrorism Act and Implications for Canadian NGO
November 6, 2013
550 Cumberland St.
at Tabaret Hall, room 083 University of Ottawa

CCIC Fall Conference: Canadian leadership for a better world: a policy agenda for international cooperation in 2015 and beyond
November 21-22, 2013
The National Hotel and Suites Ottawa, ON

 

upcoming events

 

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

 

IDS Speakers Series & Lectures
September-November 2013
Saint Mary’s University
Halifax, NS

 

AKFC Seminars on Nurturing Maternal and Child Health
September 2013-January 2014
Ottawa, ON

 

WUSC 3rd Annual International Forum: Great Development Debates
November 1-3, 2013
Delta Hotel
Ottawa, ON

 

JQSI 2013: Faut se parler (We need to talk)
November 6-16, 2013
Montreal and regions, QC

 

Innovation Fair 2013: Showcasing Innovations in Children & Youth Programming
November 15, 2013
Hart House (University of Toronto)
Toronto, ON

 

RESULTS Canada's National Conference 2013: Raising our voices for the world we want
November 30-December 2, 2013
Ottawa, ON

 

Kama Benefit Reading Series 2014
January-May, 2014
The Park Hyatt,
Toronto, ON

 

Horizons Educational Tour 2014
February 10-19, 2014
El Salvador

 

World Literacy Canada Contest: Write for a Better World
April 4, 2014
Canada


 

 

CCIC In The News


Government reacts to concerns over foreign affairs merger plan
Embassy
Oct 23, 2013

 

New foreign affairs structure questioned
Embassy
Oct 23, 2013

 

Paradis reviewing youth internship, volunteer programs
Embassy
Oct 23, 2013

 

The United Nations and Canada: What Canada has done and should be doing at the UN
World Federalist Movement – Canada
Sept 23, 2013

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT-CEO

Civil society organizations – a pillar for democracy in developing countries and in Canada

Last week I had the enormous privilege of accompanying Maina Kiai, UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, during a 2.5 day academic (i.e. not official) visit to Canada. Listening to him speak and observing his exchanges with the dozens of civil society leaders he met during this short trip, as well as some government representatives, made me realize how much we have to ramp up our activism around the importance of civil society for vibrant democratic processes, and the need for an enabling environment for civil society. In the Global South and in Canada.

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SECTOR

Registration for CCIC Policy Conference Now Open!

CCIC’s upcoming conference “Canadian Leadership for a Better World: A Policy Agenda for International Co-operation in 2015 and Beyond”, which will take place in Ottawa on November 21st and 22nd, will set the stage for developing a much needed national policy framework on international development and humanitarian issues, situated within global discussions around 2015 and national discussions around Canadian foreign policy.

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Strength in numbers – Metrics for Canada’s international development community

In response to some work that Imagine Canada had begun doing around metrics for the charitable sector in Canada, and to support the work that CCIC had begun around a fresh and powerful narrative for the international development community, in early 2012 CCIC began work to identify some key metrics specific to the development and humanitarian community.

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New on CCIC’s blog

Four thought provoking articles were posted on CCIC’s blog since last issue of FLASH. In “What’s in a name? (Or the art of rebranding)”, CCIC Policy Analyst Fraser Reilly-King wonders what will be Canada’s brand for international development, now that  the CIDA name no longer exists, and compares it with other countries who have also gone through a merger but have kept the name –and identity?- of their international development agency.

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Latest news from CCIC Communications Task Force

The CCIC Communications Task Force was created more than a year ago to work, among other things, on redefining a new narrative for our sector. The group presented some of its work to date and possible directions at the Leaders Forum last February.

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Workshops on HRBA and Equitable Partnership big success

Fourteen members of CCIC and the Provincial and Regional Councils convened in the small town of Antigonish for four days in mid-October to pilot a workshop developed by the Coady International Institute and Equitas - International Human Rights Education Centre. Building on last year’s work to socialize the Istanbul Principles (IP) and various generic workshops on implementing the IP, the Antigonish workshops had a much more specific focus...

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A Quebec equivalent of former CIDA? Public consultation and webinar on AQSI.

In February 2013, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRIFCE - Quebec) and Quebec Association of International Cooperation Organizations (AQOCI) created a committee mandated to consider what should constitute a Quebec International Solidarity Agency (Agence québécoise de solidarité internationale – AQSI) and produce a report by December 21st with recommendations about the structure, mandate and other issues related to such project.

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Be part of the JQSI 2013: Quebec international solidarity days

Each year, the Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI) and its members organize a series of events in Quebec about international solidarity. This year, theQuebec international solidarity days(JQSI) will be on November 6-16, including a launch event in Montreal on November 7th, with Jean-François Lisée, MRIFCE Minister, as a keynote speaker.

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Open for Justice! A new campaign by the Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability

The Canadian Network for Corporate Accountability (CNCA) recently launched a campaign which calls for the creation of an extractive-sector ombudsman in Canada and legislated access to Canadian courts for people who have been seriously harmed by the international operations of Canadian companies. The campaign was launched on October 22nd and 23rd.

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Canadian Fast Start Climate Finance Commitments met

The Canadian Coalition for Climate Change and Development (C4D) just launched a new report, Protecting our Common Future: An Assessment of Canada’s Fast-Start Climate Financing, that assesses Canada's fast-start climate financing contributions between 2010-12 and its commitments under the Copenhagen Accord.

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Inclusive Development a cross-cutting theme for 2014 Ministerial meeting of GPEDC

Progress Since Busan, domestic resource mobilization, Middle Income Countries, South-South Cooperation and Knowledge Sharing, and the private sector as a partner in development will be the five areas of focus at the first Ministerial meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) to be held in Mexico in April 15-16, 2014.

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Obama highlights increasing government restrictions on civil society

Last month at the UN General Assembly, US President Obama organized a roundtable on civil society with heads of state, civil society leaders, multilateral organizations and the philanthropic community. The roundtable drew attention to the increasing restrictions being placed globally on civil society organizations.

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Coalition profile : International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group

The International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group (ICLMG) is a national coalition of Canadian civil society organizations that was established in the aftermath of the September 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. The coalition brings together some 38 NGOs, unions, professional associations, faith groups, environmental organizations, human rights and civil liberties advocates, as well as groups representing immigrant and refugee communities in Canada.

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MEMBER PROFILE: RESULTS Canada

This month CCIC had a dynamic discussion with Results Canada new Executive Director, Amy Bartlett. Amy told us about the early days of the organization, shared some results of their advocacy efforts over the years and told us more about their Annual Conference, taking place late November...among other things!

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CCIC MEMBERS IN ACTION

The United Nations and Canada: What Canada has done and should be doing at the UN

Responding to years of UN bashing by the Government of Canada, a group of 17 United Nations and foreign policy experts held media conferences across Canada on September 23rd to explain what Canada should be saying and doing to help regain its place as a leader at the UN.

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RESULTS Canada National Conference 2013: Raising our voices for the world we want

The conference will be from November 30th to December 2nd at the Government Conference Centre. November 30th will mark 761 days until the target date for reaching the Millennium Development Goals, the world’s first development agenda.

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Equitas: 35th annual International Human Rights Training Program, June 8-27, 2014

The application period for the 35th annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) is now open and Equitas will be accepting applications until November 18, 2013. Equitas offers annually this three-week program in Montreal, that builds human rights knowledge and skills, attitudes and behaviours. Approximately 90 participants from about 50 countries are equipped with innovative tools that enable them to enhance their action to defend and promote human rights and democratic values in their home contexts.

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Seedmap.org: An online portal chronicling the journey of seeds

Although, we rarely think about seeds, 9 out of every 10 bites of food we eat today start with seeds... and they are under increasing threat. Launched on World Food Day this year, Seedmap.org —a project of USC Canada and ETC Group—, is a one of a kind online portal that focus on the global state of agricultural biodiversity today, on key threats to the world's seed and biodiversity systems, particularly the impact of climate change, and regions where institutions and peoples' movements are working to safeguard it.

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Live webcast: How to feed 9 billion on a small planet

Growing evidence suggests that agro ecology will feed the world. Business as usual will not. Miguel Altieri from the University of California (Berkeley) - a widely published, leading authority on agro ecology - will speak on ecological agriculture as a key solution to food insecurity, hunger, and climate change.

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WORTH A LOOK

Private Sector & Development Series by NSI

The North-South Institute (NSI) has published a series of reports and policy briefs on a variety of issues surrounding the private sector's engagement in international development, including: “How to Engage the Private Sector for Development”, “Mapping Private Sector Engagements in Development Cooperation”, “The Private Sector and Development: Key Concepts”, “Development and the Private Sector: Canada’s Approach”.

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Post-2015 Update on where we stand following the September UN General Assembly

Beyond 2015 has produced a short brief on where things are at following the latest discussion on the post-2015 agenda.

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CIVICUS “Enabling Environment Index”

The CIVICUS `Enabling Environment Index’ (EEI) is the first rigorous attempt to measure and compare the conditions that affect the potential of citizens to participate in civil society and ranks the governance, socio-cultural and socio-economic environments for civil society in 109 countries.

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Investments to End Poverty report by Development Initiatives

Launched at the start of the United Nations Global Assembly, the (Annual?) Investments to End Poverty Report is a comprehensive overview of trends related to all of the current sources of financing for development – from the types of financing available, to their scale, areas of thematic and geographic focus, and more.  The ten-page Highlights are a great teaser for the longer 330 page Full Report.

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New World Bank Report Finds 400 Million Children Living in Extreme Poverty

The number of people living in extreme poverty around the world has sharply declined over the past three decades, but in 2010 it still included roughly 400 million children, or one -third of those living in such abysmal conditions, according to a new World Bank report - The State of the Poor: Where Are The Poor, Where Is Extreme Poverty Harder to End, and What Is the Current Profile of the World’s Poor? - that for the first time gives an in-depth profile of the poorest people in the world.

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IPCC releases its Fifth Assessment Report: Climate science settled beyond reasonable doubt but still time to fix the climate

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the first part of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The report shows with greater clarity and certainty than ever before that climate change is real, caused by human activity and requires urgent action.

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New UNDP report: Working with civil society in foreign aid – Possibilities for South-South cooperation

The E-book “Working With Civil Society in Foreign Aid – Possibilities for South-South Cooperation?” reviews different roles, experiences, and lessons learned from working with civil society in development cooperation. It compares and analyses common themes and good practices from numerous aid-providing countries. It also puts forth potential issues and questions for consideration regarding future engagement with civil society under the framework of South-South cooperation. 

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Development Post Fall Edition

The autumn edition of online magazine Development Post is out now. In a special report on “The Education Puzzle: Putting the Pieces Together”, Development Post goes back to school to report on the new ideas, policies, technologies, and insights on education in development. Other interesting articles include “Tourism and training, a joint catalyst for development”. You can view the Autumn edition online or download the iPad edition.

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Tax Justice Resources

The Halifax Initiative has just released an extensive list of useful learning resources around the issue of tax justice, ahead of a seminar on the issue planned for December.

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Who is @DFATDCanada following on Twitter? Check out this new OpenCanada graphic!

In October 2012, OpenCanada published an infographic that showed who DFAIT was following on Twitter. Now that the newly minted @DFATDCanada account is live, those numbers have changed significantly. The total number of accounts followed by DFATD has increased significantly and there is now a near equal division of domestic and foreign accounts.

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If you have an item for Flash, send it by e-mail to Chantal Havard. Please note that Flash items should be no longer than one paragraph.

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