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Worth a Look

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

 
 

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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

 

 

 

International Development: Bridging the Worlds of Theory, Policy and Practice
October 21-25, 2013
McGill University
Faculty of Management
Montreal, QC

 

CSIH’s 20th Canadian Conference on Global Health
Oct 27-29, 2013
Ottawa, ON

 

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

 

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

 

CCIC In The News

Canada's CIDA reform could aid innovation work
Sci Dev Net
Sept. 6, 2013

 

Volunteer-sending groups anxious for next funding cycle
Embassy
Sept. 18, 2013

 

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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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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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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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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 intro.

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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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WORTH A LOOK

Great overview of private sector and development debates

The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness has produced an excellent 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 of concern where donors are falling short. Essential reading for anyone interested in the issue.

 

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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