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

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International Development Days
CCIC’s Annual Forum and AGM
May 13-15, 2014
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AKFC Seminars on Nurturing Maternal and Child Health
September 2013-January 2014
Ottawa, ON

 

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

 

C4D Policy Forum on Resilience and Climate Change
January 22, 2014
International Development Research Centre
Ottawa, ON

 

Open Data for Development Challenge
Organized by DFATD
January 27-28, 2014
Montreal, Qc
(More details soon)

 

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

Hundreds of millions in foreign aid unspent last year, federal records confirm
Canada.com
Nov. 1st, 2013

 

Trade at the expense of human rights?
iPolitics
Nov. 6, 2013

 

Feds keep funding volunteer-sending groups—for now
Embassy
Nov. 13, 2013

 

Canada Must Step Up in Charting Post-2015 Millennium Development Goals
iPolitics
Nov. 15, 2013

 

 

Millions of dollars in matching fund for past disasters went to UN, not charities
Montreal Gazette
Nov. 19, 2013

 

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT-CEO

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On December 12th, 2013, we were pleased to partner with DFATD in putting together a knowledge-sharing event with civil society organizations in Canada on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and aid transparency more generally.

The former Canadian International Development Agency has made huge strides in terms of data transparency since it joined IATI in November 2011, and it should be congratulated for its ambitious plan and implementation schedule in terms of publishing to the IATI standard. We hope that this ambition will soon “rub off” on other Ministries in the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, as well as Finance Canada, who disburse important portions of Canada’s overall Official Development Assistance (ODA).

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SECTOR

We want to know: How has the changing Canadian landscape impacted your organization?

On January 16, CCIC and the Inter-Council Network have launched a survey to document the impact of the changing environment for Canadian international development organizations.

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New Campaign: Protect the Aid Budget!

On January 27, Engineers without Borders and others organizations, including CCIC, launched a campaign asking the federal government to protect the aid budget in the next federal budget – expected to be tabled around February 10 this year – and to make sure that all funds allocated to foreign aid are spent for that purpose. In 2012-2013, $370 million was cut from Canada’s aid budget, including $290 million in unspent aid money that was returned to the Treasury Board.

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Valentine’s Day Campaign: Show your love to CCIC!

Since 1968, as the only national network of international development organizations, CCIC has harnessed the energy and expertise of Canadian civil society organizations (CSO) in the fight to end global poverty. We are proud of our members, who work on the frontlines of social and economic justice, humanitarian aid and democratic development, both in Canada and overseas.

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How are CSOs in Canada engaging the private sector?

Over the past two decades, Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) have engaged the private sector in a range of ways – through external advocacy and internal dialogue to influence corporate behaviour, and through programs on the ground aimed at promoting local economic development.

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Busy month(s) for aid transparency

In December, CCIC co-organized a learning event with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development and about 40 participants on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). The goal of the event was to help facilitate a greater understanding of IATI and to discuss potential next steps on the path towards greater aid transparency.

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Plans for High Level Meeting in Mexico on development cooperation moving fast

The First High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation – the first Ministerial meeting since 2011’s Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness - will be taking place on April 15-16 in Mexico City.

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APG Annual Meeting in February

The Americas Policy Group (APG) of CCIC will host its first member meeting of 2014 in Toronto on February 4 and 5. The APG’s triannual meetings enable members to learn about recent developments in the region and to develop strategies for collective policy work. At the upcoming APG meeting, members will examine the impact of Canadian policy on Indigenous peoples in Colombia.

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Guatemala: Canada Must Break Its Silence

On December 16, 2013 the Americas Policy Group (APG) of CCIC issued an open letter calling on the Canadian government to make a statement in support of a timely resolution of the Rios Montt genocide trial. Thus far, APG has not received a response. Recent setbacks which put into question the future of the trial emphasize the dire need for Canada to join other important actors in the international community calling for perpetrators of the genocide to be held accountable.

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APWG’s work on Bangladesh

In December 2013, the Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) of CCIC hosted a webinar with Kalpona Akter, the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Center for Worker Solidarity, titled “Rana Plaza Disaster – How Can Canada Promote Human Rights in Bangladesh? A Discussion with the Bangladesh Centre for Worker Solidarity“.

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New on CCIC’s blog

Following up on the visit to Canada of Kalpona Akter, the Executive Director of the Bangladesh Centre for Workers Solidarity, and 8 months after the tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza eight-story commercial building in Bangladesh, Kimberly MacMillan, co-coordinator of the Asia-Pacific Working Group at CCIC shared her take away on how to improve workers conditions in the garment industry.

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Coalition profile : Climate Action Network

Climate Action Network (CAN) Canada is composed of over 85 member organizations from across the country. Climate Action Network Canada is the only organization in the country with a mandate to promote the climate movement as a whole, rather than the interests and programs of any one organization.

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MEMBER PROFILE: Equitas

This month CCIC had a dynamic discussion with EQUITAS Executive Director, Ian Hamilton. Ian told us about the early days of the organization, the annual International Human Rights Training Program (IHRTP) and a workshop manual on human rights-based approach and equitable partnerships developed by EQUITAS in collaboration with Coady and CCIC... among other things!

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CCIC MEMBERS IN ACTION

WUSC/CECI 2013 International Forum

November 1-3rd saw the 2013 International Forum co-organized by WUSC and CECI. This three-day forum brought together over 450 participants including representatives from NGOs, government, academia, and students from across the country and around the world to discuss the “Great Development Debates.”

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Farm Radio International featured in the New York Times

An article was recently published in the New York Times entitled “In Tanzania, Farmers Reap the Benefits of Radio”. The article featured FRI’s work with small-scale private farmers of Africa, particularly in Tanzania, where farmers represent 75 percent of the country’s population of 48 million. Today, FRI runs programs in 38 radio stations to deliver agricultural knowledge across seven African countries.

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WORTH A LOOK

New CCIC Report: Two Years on from Busan: Looking Back, Looking Forward

In late 2011, political leaders, government representatives, civil society organizations, and private sector representatives met in Busan, South Korea for the Fourth High Level Forums on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4). The importance of the Istanbul Principles, Equitable Partnerships, and Human Rights-Based Approaches (HRBA) were all highlighted at the forum, but how have these agreements and priorities impacted civil society organizations?

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Great overview of private sector and development debates

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness has produced a comprehensive backgrounder that provides an overview of recent key papers on the issue of aid, development and the private sector. From these, the backgrounder distills the new approaches donors are taking to the private sector, modalities they are using to engage the private sector, and key areas where donors are falling short. Essential reading for anyone interested in these issues.

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Open data, transparency and international development

A summary report of a meeting convened by The North-South Institute in October, 2013, was released recently. Panelists discussed the importance of open data and transparency in relation to Canada’s development objectives, the changing open government narrative, challenges in delivering on transparency, and lessons learned from the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) experience. In November, a number of organizations also launched www.aidtransparency.ca, a virtual hub for discussion on aid transparency issues.

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Canada Climate Opinion 2013

At the beginning of November, Canada 2020/Université de Montréal released its National Survey of Canadian Opinion on Climate Change. Among other things, it found that 84% of Canadians strongly or somewhat believe the federal government should take the lead on combating climate change; 76% of Canadians strongly or somewhat believe Canada should sign an international climate agreement, even if it means doing so before China and the U.S.; and 71% of Canadians believe that protecting the environment should be a top priority for the Conservative federal government.

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“Leadership in Fair Trade”: upcoming conference and magazine

The Canadian Fair Trade Network is organizing its 2nd Annual Conference in Toronto, from January 9-11, 2014. The CFTN conference will bring together those interested in, and working in, fair trade in Canada. It will be a meeting of businesses, NGOs and advocates of fair trade. The event is free of charge. For more information and how to register, please go here.Also, fair trade promoters and supporters can get a hold of the newest edition of the Fair Trade magazine, a publication created by CFTN: free copies can be ordered here.

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Get Involved!

Oxford University Press Canada recently released 'Get Involved', a website aimed at increasing student knowledge of, and involvement in, Canadian political processes, linked to the release of the seventh edition of Stephen Brooks’ “Canadian Democracy”.

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No need to dig - Africa (The Economist)

An article released by The Economist titled No need to dig, highlights a study released by the International Monetary Fund, which reveals that many of Africa’s fastest growing economies have not relied on oil or mining. The study followed six African countries that met indicators related to GDP growth and GDP per capita. 

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New report highlights more than 400 threats to civil society around the world

A new report released by CIVICUS reveals a pattern of sustained attacks on civil society organisations (CSOs) around the world. CIVICUS has tracked 413 threats to civil society in 87 countries since the beginning of 2012. Worryingly the report shows that several governments are attempting to weaken civil society organisations by enacting laws which prevent them from accessing the funding they need to survive and prevent them from conducting legitimate activities involving expressions of democratic dissent.

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Evaluation conducted by the Government of Canada on the impact of cooperatives in development confirms positive results

During the International Year of Cooperatives, the Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency (now part of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada) wished to contribute to a better understanding of the cooperative model on development. Consequently, it carried out a wide-ranging evaluation that shed light on the impact of cooperatives around the world and on the factors underlying their success.

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Kids Go Global

Kids Go Global is a web-based platform that connects school children with NGOs to foster global citizenship. You have the opportunity to market your projects directly to youth and build a relationship with them using your existing educational materials, YouTube clips and newsletter or blog articles.  This is a new initiative between the Rozsa Foundation, Trickster Theatre and NGOs like yours.  There is no cost to you – the goal is to help you connect with students to raise funding for your projects. 

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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 January 6th, 2013. 

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