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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


 

Africa Canada Forum’s Annual Colloquium
October 14-15, 2014
Ottawa, Ontario
For more information, please contact Kimberly MacMillan

 
 

upcoming events

 

Queen’s University Forum on Community Relations in the Extractive Sector
August 18-19, 2014
Toronto, Ontario

 
Peoples' Social Forum
August 21-24, 2014
Ottawa, Ontario
 
The Panel: What role should Canada play in the Horn of Africa
October 1, 2014
Ottawa, Ontario
 
Canadian Society for International Health - 21st Canadian Conference on Global Health: Partnerships for Global Health
November 2-4, 2014
Ottawa, Ontario
Deadline to submit an abstract – May 30, 2014
 
2014 Canadian Humanitarian Conference: Adaptation and Innovation: Canada’s Contributions to Humanitarian Response
December 4-5, 2014
Ottawa, Ontario
Deadline to submit an abstract – September 15, 2014
 

 

CCIC In The News

Christian Paradis reinforces Canada’s commitment to volunteer programs
May 15, 2014
Devex

 
ONG et privé peuvent tous deux contribuer, dit Ottawa
May 15, 2014
Le Devoir
 
NGOs welcome Paradis effort to fix bad blood
May 21, 2014
Embassy
 
Canada can do more on maternal health: experts
May 27, 2014
iPolitics
 
Beyond the Millennium Development Goals: Where will Canada’s focus be?
May 28, 2014
iPolitics
 
PWRDF bicycle ambulance project recognised
May 29, 2014
ACNS

 

Pushing for Change in the Garment Industry
May 29, 2014
Canadian International Council – OpenCanada.org

 

Canadian foreign aid groups hope for truce with government
June 13, 2014
Ottawa Citizen
 

Le rapport du gouvernement canadien faussé dès le départ
June 14, 2014
Le Devoir

 

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT-CEO

And what a summit it was, it was….. (Part 1)

So much has been written about the MNCH summit last month – on the amazing showcasing of Canadian leadership and the long and illustrious list of invitees, and the grandiose announcement, and the absence of commitment to sexual reproductive rights, and much more. Much was written on all this – which in itself is a first positive impact of the summit: that it generated a lot of coverage around an international development story, and that the coverage included divergent opinions around the MNCH agenda and attendant issues.

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SECTOR

CCIC Welcomes Nearly 300 to Annual Conference

On May 13-15, CCIC hosted its first joint conference “Redefining Development Partnerships: A New Role for Canadians in Global Equality and Cooperation” with the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP).  

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Report calls on new strategic partnership between CSOs and DFATD

It has been three years since the last major set of calls-for-proposals for under and over $2 million from Partnership with Canadians Branch (PwCB).

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DFATD Consultation on its Civil Society Partnership Policy

DFATD has launched a two-month consultation on its “Draft Civil Society Partnership Policy.” The draft policy, which lays out an “approach to enhancing effective development cooperation with international, Canadian and developing country civil society organizations,” provides ...

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Notice from Industry Canada “transition now ... or risk dissolution”

Industry Canada recently posted a notice that they are sending to federal non-profit corporations under the Canada Corporations Act reminding them that October 17 is coming up and if they don't act they could face dissolution.

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Latest news on Canada's Anti-Spam Law

Regulations enforcing Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL) take effect on July 1, 2014. Imagine Canada has recently circulated two newsletters on this issue and how it applies to charities and not-for-profit, on June 5th and on June 24th. In the first newsletter, Industry Canada advised Imagine Canada that, in addition to activities covered by the Canada Revenue Agency fundraising definition, they deem the following types of activities carried out by charities to be exempt:...

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Beyond 2015 reactions to the OWG Focus Areas

The Beyond 2015 campaign recently published its reaction to the Open Working Group’s Co-Chairs' 'Zero Draft', which is the latest version of a document proposing goals and targets for the post-2015 development framework that will succeed the Millennium Development Goals.

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Update from the Women’s Rights Policy Group: Report and Campaign

CCIC has coordinated a Women’s Rights Policy Group (WRPG) since the early 2000s to strengthen the focus on women's rights in the international cooperation agenda. 

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Africa Canada Forum’s Annual Colloquium – Save the date!

It’s that time of year again. The ACF is getting ready to host its Annual Colloquium on October 14 and 15, 2014 and needs your help in shaping it! ACF is looking for a steering committee to help input on themes and subthemes, agenda, and speakers for its forum.

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ACF-DFATD meeting in the Fall

Africa Canada Forum members are invited to participate in a meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) on October 30, 2014.

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APWG-ACF-PAGER event in Toronto: From relief to recovery

On June 9th, the APWG, the Africa-Canada Forum and PAGER collaborated to organize an event on the topic of the transition from relief to recovery.

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APWG Regional Meeting in Toronto

The APWG also held a regional APWG members meeting in Toronto at Kairos' office on June 10 to discuss the activities on the working group as well as those of member organizations. Some interesting suggestions were made regarding the work plan and activities in the fall. APWG members can receive a copy of this report by contacting Denis Côté or Kimberly MacMillan.

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New on CCIC’s blog

Since FLASH! was last published at the end of April, we’ve posted four new articles on our blog. Make sure that you have a look at it if you haven’t consulted them already!

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Ottawa Citizen pulls the plug on blogs; invade CCIC’s blog!

The Ottawa Citizen Blog on Aid and Development, which provided a unique platform for development practitioners, academics, researchers and others, and had become quite popular after only year of existence, has been cancelled.

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Coalition Profile: Beyond 2015

Beyond 2015 is a global civil society campaign advocating for a strong and legitimate successor framework to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The campaign, launched in 2010, brings together more than 1000 civil society organizations – including small community based organizations, international NGOs, academics and trade unions - based in 132 countries.  

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MEMBER PROFILE: WUSC

This month CCIC met with Chris Eaton, CEO of World University Service of Canada (WUSC), one of Canada’s oldest and most active international development organization. Mr. Eaton talked about one of WUSC’s flag ship program (read more to discover!) and shared reflections and hopes for the future of his organization….among other things!

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CCIC MEMBERS IN ACTION

Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT): Session on the Canadian Mining Industry in Latin America

From May 29-June 1, a large coalition of civil society organizations, including various CCIC members, convened the PPT, examining both the actions of Canadian mining companies operating in Latin America, as well as the Canadian government’s role in providing support to the industry.

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Development and Peace: A Voice for Justice – Parliament Hill

Development and Peace's latest education campaign, A Voice for Justice, was launched in response to reports from mine-affected communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America that are experiencing conflict, pollution, forced displacements and other negative impacts from the presence of Canadian mines.

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World Vision Launched a New Campaign: No Child for Sale

The campaign asks you to take action to protect a child from slavery. Visit their website to learn about the issues through social media, such as info graphics, videos and case studies. Also, take action by signing a petition and help spread the word by using their campaign toolkits. 

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Coady offers new course – Research for Citizen-led Change

Coady now has a certificate in Research for Citizen-Led Change.This two and a half week course (October 15-31, 2014) offers a collaborative approach to learning.

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WORTH A LOOK

Demonstrating additionality in private sector partnerships

One of the preconditions identified in The North-South Institute and CCIC research study on donor approaches to the private sector was the ability for donors to demonstrate financial and development additionality in their projects with Canadian and Multinational private sectors.

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Digging Deeper: Towards Greater Action on Global Rights for Women and Girls

Produced by the Women’s Policy Group, a new report entitled “Digging Deeper: Towards Greater Action on Global Rights for Women and Girls, addresses the need to strengthen Canadian initiatives in support of global women’s rights over the next decade and to increase giving and support in Canada by Canadian CSOs, Canadian Foundations, DFATD and the public to women’s rights organizations.

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Illicit Financial Flows in Developing Countries

Three reports were released recently on illicit financial flows. The OECD released two, one on their member’s responses to the issue, and the other on policy coherence and illicit flows.

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Protecting civic space and the right to access resources

The UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association, along with the Community of Democracies, has released a set of general principles as they relate the ability of civil society to seek, receive and use resources – an essential element of the freedom of association. It is part of a two year project focused on the issue, and builds on the Special Rapporteurs report on the issue.

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The road to zero extreme poverty

With the debate on the post-2015 development framework in full swing, the third international Chronic Poverty Report addresses one key question: what needs to be done to get to (or close to) zero extreme poverty by 2030 – the new goal for global poverty reduction?

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A rights approach to resource extraction in the SDGs

The Mining Working Group at the UN (MWG), a coalition of NGOs that advocates for human and environmental rights in resource extraction, produced an advocacy brief on “A Rights-Based Approach to Resource Extraction in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development," to feed into the 11th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals.

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Tests of Success for the SDGs

Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future and partners has produced a new tool to help governments and other stakeholders create and choose ambitious and effective sustainable development goals (SDGs) and targets – in the context of a large and diverse range of goals and targets being suggested for inclusion in the new global framework – which fulfill the commitments made by world leaders at Rio+20

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New toolkit for influencing the post-2015 agenda

A new advocacy toolkit on the post-2015 development agenda, created jointly by the International Forum of Platforms with CIVICUS and Stakeholder Forum, is designed for civil society and other stakeholder organisations that wish to influence the post-2015 development agenda, including the design and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and develop and implement an effective post-2015 advocacy strategy.

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Sustainable development requires a “fiscal revolution”

A new briefing from the Center for Economic and Social Rights (CESR) and Christian Aid—released for the 11th session of the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals—sets out the commitments needed to deliver a ‘Post-2015 Fiscal Revolution’. To do so the document suggests integrating human rights standards into the design of fiscal policy at both the national and international levels.

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State of Civil Society Report 2014: Reimagining Global Governance

This report published by CIVICUS draws on contributions from more than 30 of the world’s leading experts on civil society as well as on inputs from members, partners, supporters and others in the global CIVICUS alliance.

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New website: Stop the Institute

This website seeks to shed light on the government funded and mandatedCanadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID) hosted at three Canadian universities and headquartered at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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InterAction's NGO Aid Map

InterAction has recently launched its NGO Aid Map, covering projects in all sectors and all countries. While they are still adding data, the map already features almost 3,000 projects in 139 countries from 86 organizations.

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Two new books on human rights institutions in Canada

14 Arguments in Favour of Human Rights Institutions, edited by Shelagh Day, Lucie Lamarche and Ken Norman as well as Speaking Out on Human Rights: Debating Canada's Human Rights System, by Pearl Eliadis, will help readers to evaluate criticism of human rights institutions, including commissions and tribunals, so that Canadians can strengthen current systems and ensure that they are responding to today’s problems in the field of human rights.

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