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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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CCIC’s Annual Forum and AGM Redefining Development Partnerships: A new Role for Canadians in Global Equality and Cooperation Ottawa Convention Centre
May 13-15, 2014
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AKFC Seminar: How Canada is Shifting Development Models Through Innovative Partnerships
March 27, 2014
Ottawa, Ontario

 

Social responsibility: The great challenge for partnerships between companies and international cooperation organizations
(in French)
March 27-28, 2014
Montreal, Québec

 

Webinar: Embedding CED and the Social Solidarity Economy in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
March 28, 2014
Canada

 

Book Launch: The Governance Gap: Extractive Industries, Human Rights and the Home State Advantage
April 3, 2014
Ottawa, Ontario

 

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

 
Ottawa premiere of Defensora: New documentary on Canadian mining companies in Guatemala
April 7, 2014 at 8 pm
ByTowne Cinema
Ottawa, Ontario

 
Aga Khan Foundation Canada: In my Lifetime - A global story of hope, change and possibility
April 6-27, 2014
Vancouver, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary

 
CASID Conference at the Congress 2014 of the Humanities and Social Sciences: Borders without Boundaries
May 24-30, 2014
Brock University
St. Catharines, Ontario

 

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

 

CCIC In The News

Save—don't shutter—international youth internship program
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March 12, 2014

 

Canada must call for dialogue amid Venezuelan unrest
Embassy
March 26, 2014

 

 

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT-CEO

About Partnerships...

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NEW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SECTOR

Constructive Engagement with the Minister’s Office

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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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CCIC selected as national hub for Beyond 2015 campaign

Ahead of the start of the intergovernmental process of negotiations around what will replace the Millennium Development Goals, the Beyond 2015 campaign, alongside Climate Action Network International, the International Forum of National NGO Platforms and Participate, issued a call for lead agencies to act as national hubs to coordinate advocacy on a post-2015 global development framework – and CCIC was selected as one of 38 national hubs.

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In conversation with Ros Tennyson!

On March 19, seventeen representatives from CCIC member organizations met for two hours with Ros Tennyson, from UK’s Partnership Brokering Association, at WUSC office. Ros was in town to deliver a 4 day “partnership brokering” workshop (see message from President-CEO), and the discussion with CCIC members was particularly focused on partnering with the mining sector and the specific challenges that these present.

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High Level Meeting in Mexico set to go

It has been a frantic month finalizing agendas, confirming speakers, preparing discussion papers and deliverables, pitching side events and poster sessions, and responding to the official draft Communiqué. But plans have almost been finalized for the High Level Meeting (HLM) in Mexico on April 14-15, the first Ministerial meeting since the conclusion of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan and the launch of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

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SAVE THE DATE! Workshop on CRA charity regulations, April 24th

We are pleased to announce that, following a strong demand from many CCIC members, we will be hosting a workshop regarding the recent changes to the CRA charity regulations with W. Laird Hunter, Q.C. an accomplished lawyer with extensive experience in non-profit and charity law. The workshop will cover the new reporting requirements for partners overseas, political activity issues, as well as other pressing concerns. The workshop will take place on Thursday April 24th in Ottawa. Mark your calendars! More information to follow soon!

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Canada/Colombia Free Trade Deal: Meaningless Consultation Process Sells Human Rights Short

APG member organizations have serious misgivings about the Canadian government’s commitment to carry out a meaningful assessment of the human rights impact of its controversial free trade agreement (FTA) with Colombia, as is legally stipulated by annual reporting requirements in the agreement. For months, APG member organizations have been asking government officials to share information about the plans for consultation.

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Canada Must Call for Dialogue Amid Unrest in Venezuela

The Americas' Policy Group (APG) expresses deep concern regarding the disruption of democratic order in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, over the past two months, and the lack of clarity of Canada's position on this crisis.  The group calls upon the Canadian government to condemn foreign intervention in Venezuela's internal affairs via the funding and training of groups, as well as individuals seeking regime change through violence or other unconstitutional means, and to support dialogue as the only appropriate means of achieving peace and reconciliation in Venezuela. An Op Ed on the subject has been published in Embassy.

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The APWG at the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

Denis Côté, on behalf of the Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG), appeared as witness before the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade on March 06. The Committee was conducting a "Study on security conditions and economic developments in the Asia-Pacific region, the implications for Canadian policy and interests in the region, and other related matters".

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2014-15 Pledge Drive for CCIC Working Groups!

The Asia Pacific Working Group, Africa Canada Forum and Americas Policy Group are largely self-financed. Their existence relies heavily on voluntary annual contributions of its members to sustain its activities. In the coming weeks, members will be receiving a request to make a pledge towards the 2014-2015 annual budgets of the working groups. If your organization is not currently a member of a CCIC working group and would like to join one of the working groups, please contact Denis Côté, Kimberly MacMillan or Stacey Gomez.

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New on CCIC blog

Following up on the launch of a practical Guide for Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) on how to integrate human rights into development programs, and the recent –quiet- publication by DFATD of guidance notes to help inform the Department’s assessment of external funding proposals in relation with two of three criteria of the ODA Accountability Act, CCIC policy analyst Fraser Reilly-King reflects on the importance of HRBA approaches in analyzing inequalities that lie at the heart of development problems.

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Emerging Leaders Network

The Emerging Leaders Network is a collaborative community, being led by young professionals within the aid and development sector, with the support of CCIC. The Network is focused on two distinct pieces of work. The first, creating and providing spaces for community building and professional development tailored specifically to young professionals within the sector.

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MEMBER PROFILE: Micronutrient Initiative

This month, CCIC met with the new Executive Director at the Micronutrient Initiative, Joel Spicer, who joined the organization in February. We talked about the Canadian roots and global outreach of MI, the importance of nutrition in development and the successful partnerships with local private actors...among other things!

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CCIC MEMBERS IN ACTION

Coady International Institute offers new courses in April 2014 focused on building resilient communities

Coady now has certificates in “Creating Just Food Systems” and “Leadership for Community Based Adaptation to Climate Change” under the theme of building resilient communities. Resilient communities are ones that are able draw on their own resources, assess future impacts and respond positively while simultaneously addressing issues of sustainability, inclusion and social justice.

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WORTH A LOOK

The report on the Quebec Agency for International Solidarity is out!

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 internationaleAQSI). The report has recently been launched and includes recommendations about the structure, mandate and other issues related to such a project.

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New website on capacity development

The Learning Agenda on Local Organization Capacity Development is a global research effort that informs the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) how to develop better partnerships with local organizations.

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New joint report by CIDSE and ACT Alliance on enabling environment

In many parts of the world, the work of civil society is becoming increasingly dangerous. Civil society organizations (CSOs) speak out about social injustice and are often forced to put their own staff at risk to defend the human rights of others. Why? Because they believe that protecting the freedoms that constitute a democracy are worth fighting for. This report entitled Space for civil society - How to protect and expand an enabling environment looks at the situation in Colombia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Malawi.

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Migration as a strategy for household finance

This timely paper by the Centre for Global Development tries to fundamentally reframe the research agenda on remittances, payments, and development. Instead of viewing remittances as many researchers and governments do, as windfall income, this paper looks at remittances how families do, as returns on investment. Migration is, among other things, a strategy for financial management in poor households: location is an asset, migration an investment. Starting from this premise, the authors pose 12 new questions for researching the topic.

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Corporate Influence in the post-2015 process

This working paper by Brot für die Welt, Global Policy Forum and Misereor provides an overview of the main corporate actors in the post-2015 process and how they shape the discourse on development. The paper advocates for more transparency around the participation of corporations in UN processes, including their financial support to UN initiatives, and for more reflection on the risks of a corporate, private interests-driven development agenda.

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The transformative potential of the right to food

In his final report to the UN Human Rights Council after a six-year term as Special Rapporteur, Olivier De Schutter calls for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned – at the local, national and global level.

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