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

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CCIC In The News
 

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NOT TO BE MISSED
Save the date:
International Development Days
CCIC’s Annual Forum and AGM
May 13-15, 2014
Ottawa
Multi-faceted event In partnership with key int'l development actors !

 

upcoming events

 

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

 

Launch of “Un seul monde”: The blog about international cooperation and solidarity in Quebec
February 5, 2014
Montreal, QC

 

From Conflict to Classrooms: Canada's Role in Education in Conflict-Affected and Fragile States
February 5, 2014
Toronto, ON

 

A Matter of Survival: Indigenous Peoples under Threat in Colombia and the Role of Canada
February 6, 2014
Ottawa, ON

 

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

 

Partnership Brokers Training: A 4-day training course for those brokering multi-stakeholder partnerships
March 17-21, 2014
Ottawa, ON

 

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

 

 

CCIC In The News

Guatemala: Canada must break its silence
Embassy
January 10, 2014
 
Aid groups fight to save funding for threatened international internship program
The Ottawa Citizen
January 27, 2014
 

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT-CEO

Data transparency for greater accountability

On December 12th, 2013, we were pleased to partner with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (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 DFATD, 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 for 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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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: Aga Khan Foundation Canada

This month, CCIC met with Khalil Shariff, Executive Director at Aga Khan Foundation Canada, for an interesting discussion on the organization’s approach to international development and poverty reduction, and it's involvement in the maternal, newborn and child health initiatives....among other things!

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CCIC MEMBERS IN ACTION

Good Enough to Eat? How Countries Line Up at the Global Food Table

Oxfam Canada has released “Good Enough to Eat” – a global food index that looks at whether people have enough to eat. The index takes into account food quality, affordability, and dietary health in 125 countries.

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Over One-Quarter Million People Side with Costa Rica in Imminent Battle with Canadian Company Infinito Gold

A petition circulating on sumofus.org rapidly obtained almost 300,000 signatures In December 2013. The petition, distributed in both English and Spanish, calls on Calgary-based Infinito Gold to stop threatening Costa Rica with a $1 billion lawsuit over the Crucitas mine project near the border with Nicaragua and the San Juan River.

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WORTH A LOOK

“Un seul monde”: A new blog about international cooperation and solidarity

Un seul monde is the first blog in Quebec about international cooperation and solidarity. The Huffington Post Quebec, in partnership with the Observatoire sur la coopération internationale of the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en développement international et société (CIRDIS) as well as the Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), will officially launch the blog “Un seul monde” on February 5th at UQAM. To register, please click here. The first article has been published last week and explains how and why this blog has been created.

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New publication by the OECD

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has released its annual “Development Co-operation Report– Ending Poverty”, which acts as a key reference document for statistics and analysis on trends in international aid.

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Dirty hands?

In December, Facing Finance, a not-for profit campaign, published a report entitled “Dirty Profits”, which profiles a series of European Countries, receiving support from various financial institutions, and that are in violation of specific internationals human rights standards.

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Quebec will be hosting the World Social Forum in August 2016

The province of Quebec – and more specifically the town of Montreal – will welcome the World Social Forum in August 2016. This is the first time that the WSF will be held in a northern country. The Forums typically bring together between 60,000 to 150,000 activists from around the world.

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New publication on international cooperation in solidarity

Paul Cliche, lecturer and researcher at the Université de Montréal, as well as consultant with the AQOCI, published a book (in French) entitled “La coopération internationale solidaire : plus pertinente que jamais”, which examines the consequences of the neoliberal development model, presenting the fragile situation of international cooperation organizations in Quebec in the context of the crisis of cooperation and solidarity in the North, but also showing the vitality of Southern civil society organizations which have been successful in positively transforming society.

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The Undercurrent’s 10th Anniversary offers new opportunities to Canadian youth

The Undercurrent's 10th Anniversary is coming up soon, and the publication is expanding significantly beyond its role as an undergraduate academic international development studies journal, to offer more to Canadian youth. The journal is currently looking for individuals who are interested in volunteering their expertise and experience to the Canadian undergraduate IDS community.

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