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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
 

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International Cooperation Days "Universal goals, Canadian challenges"
CCIC/CAIDP Forum
Mai 12-14, 2015
Palais des Congres,
Gatineau, Quebec
For more information, please contact Michelle Bested.
 
 
 

 

upcoming events

 
 

Canadian Disaster and Humanitarian Response Training Program
May 4-17, 2015
Montreal, Quebec

 

Free, prior and informed consent: Symposium on human rights, indigenous protocols and good practice
May 20, 2015
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

 

3rd International Open Data Conference
May 28-29, 2015
Ottawa, Ontario

 

Technical Advisory Group meeting of the International Aid Transparency Initiative
May 30-31, 2015
Ottawa, Ontario

 

IATI Steering Committee meeting
June 1-2, 2015
Ottawa, Ontario

 

CASID Annual Conference 2015 - Call for Papers /Panel Proposals
June 3-5, 2015
Ottawa, Ontario

 

Repositionner le Canada au sein des Amériques
Le Devoir
April 28, 2015
 
Mixed reviews for new private sector development fund
Embassy
April 29, 2015

 

 

CCIC In The News

NGOs left hanging on youth internship program
Embassy
April 1, 2015

 
Canada's CSO policy 'a big step' toward better relations with NGOs
Devex
April 2, 2015

 

New Series: Canadian Charities Working Internationally
The Philanthropist
April 7, 2015

 

Cobourg Horizons of Friendship transitions with nearly half of budget cut
Northumberland News April 17, 2015

 

Do Canada's internationally focused charities operate in an enabling environment?
The Philanthropist
April 20, 2015

 

We can do better: unwrapping Canada's aid budget
Unwrapping Development
April 24, 2015
 
 
 
 

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT-CEO

Everybody's talking about it … Inequality!

From Robert Reich’s documentary “Inequality for All”, through Thomas Piketty’s “Capital in the Twenty-First Century”, to Oxfam’s ground breaking report “Even it Up: Time to End Extreme Inequality “, and, closer to home, the work of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and the Broadbent Institute on income gaps in Canada, everybody is talking about inequality.

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SECTOR

Budget 2015: Federal budget does little to tackle global poverty and inequality

Budget 2015 was as telling about what was in the Budget, as what wasn’t. It announced the creation of a Development Finance Initiative (DFI) and a new website to track fees paid by Canadians sending remittances overseas.

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We Can Do Better 2015 website now live!

As mentioned in previous versions of FLASH!, on February 5, CCIC and its members launched the "We Can Do Better 2015" campaign, asking Canada to provide decisive and positive leadership in tackling inequality and human rights, climate change and environmental sustainability, and in promoting women's rights and gender equality.

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Less than two weeks until CCIC's Annual Conference. Register Now!

Make sure that you don’t miss CCIC/CAIDP second joint conference, the International Cooperation Days 2015: Universal Goals, Canadian Challenges! Register Now!  

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DFATD Consultation on Canada's priorities for the post-2015

In early April, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) launched a month-long on-line “Request for Feedback” on its priorities around the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) and the post-2015 framework.

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New OECD number plus Cnd statistical report

In early April, the OECD released provisional aid figures for 2014. Development aid flows remain stable in 2014, with net flows from Development Assistance Committee members totalling USD$135.2 billion, on par with 2013’s record high of USD$135.1 billion, albeit with a 0.5% decline in real terms.

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"Development Unplugged" now live!

Development Unplugged, CCIC's new blog in the Huffington Post Canada, was officially launched on April 14!

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Summit of the Americas

The Seventh Summit of the Americas, held in Panama earlier this month, brought together all 35 countries in the hemisphere for the first time ever.

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Renewal of International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala

The Americas Policy Group wrote a letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson to express its concern that the mandate of the International Commission against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG, in Spanish) may not be renewed by the government of Guatemala.

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The impact of Religious Fondamentalism on African women

This month, the Africa-Canada Forum and the Institute of African Studies from Carleton University collaborated in organizing a stimulating one day learning event on­­­ religious fundamentalisms impact on women’s rights in Africa.

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Latest news on UN post-2015 process

There are two main updates to report on in relation to the post-2015 process. First, on April 13-17, there was the second drafting session on the outcome document of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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New Work on International Investment Treaties and Human Right

CCIC's three regional working groups (ACF, APG, and APWG) held a consultation with their members on April 13th to discuss international investment treaties, the investor-state dispute settlement mechanism and human rights.

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Fair Trade Month in Québec City

NAVTI Fondation Canada and l'AMIE are co-organizing the 11th Fair Trade Month in Québec City. This is a big change because for ten years the event was a Fair Trade Forthnight, which is now becoming a full month of activities.

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Coalition Profile: The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID)

The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) is a national, bilingual, interdisciplinary and pluralistic association devoted to the promotion of new knowledge in the broad field of international development.

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MEMBER PROFILE: Canadian Cooperatives Association

This month CCIC met with the new ED of the Canadian Cooperative Association, Michael Casey, to discuss the benefits of the cooperative model and some of CCA’s projects, among other things!

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CCIC MEMBERS IN ACTION

Free, Prior and Informed Consent: A symposium on human rights, Indigenous protocols and good practice (May 19-20)

Supreme Court decisions and international human rights standards including the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recognize the right of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples to make their own decisions about development on their lands and other important issues.

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New book by Susan Walsh from USC: Trojan Horse Aid

The Executive Director of USC Canada, Susan Walsh, launched her new book at Café Nostalgica (Ottawa U) on April 17, in a room full of international development practioners, researchers, students as well as southern partners organizations.

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Aga Khan Foundation Canada: Together: An exhibition on global development

Together: An exhibition on global development is an innovative, interactive and multi-sensory experience designed to spark conversations about the role that Canadians can play in reducing global poverty.

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Tour to Draw Attention to Human Rights Crisis in Mexico

On September 26, 2014, Mexican state security forces attacked a group of students from the teachers’ college in Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, killing 6 people and forcibly disappearing 43 others who were never seen again.

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WORTH A LOOK

New case study by VOICES on Canada's ODA​

The coalition VOICES-VOIX, which was created to defend advocacy and dissent in Canada and is supported by a large network of organizations and individuals, recently released a new case study on Canada’s ODA under the Conservative government. The case study looks at changes in priorities, funding mechanisms, relationships with partners such as NGOs, among other things.

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New EWB poll and campaign in support of global development

Engineers Without Borders and the Inter-Council network made public on April 23 the latest results from a poll conducted to measure Canadians’ support towards international assistance and the fight against poverty.

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Establishing a workable follow-up and review process for the Sustainable Development Goals

This paper by Shannon Kindornay and Sarah Twigg, produced for the Overseas Development Institute considers the factors that will be essential to ensuring the Sustainable Development Goals are successful in their implementation, follow-up and review. These include the importance of inclusion, the differentiated application of the SDGs, and a clear universal vision in terms of the framework’s application.

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Beyond 2015 papers on accountability and indicators

At the end of March, Beyond 2015 produced a position paper entitled “Goals, Targets and Indicators – Critical elements of the post-2015 agenda”, bringing key messages from the Campaign regarding the proposed set of SDGs as well as recommendations for the development of the post-2015 indicators.

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Capacity building for data collection and the SDGs.

Third, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) published a report on “Data for Development: A Needs Assessment for SDG Monitoring and Statistical Capacity Development”. The report finds that US$1 billion per year will need to be invested in 77 of the world's lowest-income developing countries to upgrade their statistical systems and data collection.

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Rethinking Partnerships in a Post-2015 World: Towards Equitable, Inclusive and Sustainable Development

The abridged version of the 2014 Reality of Aid Report is now available on-line in English, French and Spanish.

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States of Fragility 2015

This 2015 OECD report on fragility contributes to the broader debate to define post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and argues that addressing fragility in the new framework will be crucial if strides in reducing poverty are to be made.

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