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January 30, 2009

1. World’s Poor Missing from Federal Budget

The global financial and economic crisis will be a devastating human tragedy for the world’s poor, but unfortunately there was no mention of foreign aid in this week’s Federal Budget. Department of Finance officials, however, confirm that the already scheduled 8% increase to foreign aid spending will be maintained. “What was needed from this government was a recognition that it’s the world’s poor who will suffer most as a result of the financial and economic crisis,” said Gerry Barr, President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC). CCIC is calling for increases to aid spending averaging 15% a year for the next 10 years in order to reach the internationally agreed target for aid spending of 0.7% of Gross National Income.  For more information see CCIC’s Budget news release and CCIC’s budget backgrounder.

2. CCIC Evaluation Reference Group (ERG)

Since September 2008, the ERG has been accompanying CCIC in an exploration of ways to assess the development results and effectiveness of civil society organizations. The work of the ERG includes research, engagement with members and dialogue with CIDA.  Members with interest and skills in the areas of evaluation and accountability frameworks are welcome to join the group. Commitment includes attending meetings, and reviewing and producing documents. Send an indication of interest and a short note about skills and experience to Esperanza Moreno

3. Evaluation of Development Action – Why? of What? for Whom?

The CCIC Evaluation Reference Group (ERG) recently commissioned a research paper looking at how CCIC members and other CSOs seek to measure, evaluate and account for the impact of their development work. The paper, by Jean Christie, examines the challenges of results-based management (RBM), and reviews promising alternative approaches that could complement RBM for purposes of evaluation, learning and accountability. It also offers some questions and suggestions for CSOs and CIDA. 

4. IDRF Founder Receives Order of Ontario

Dr. Ahmed Fuad Sahin, founder of the International Development and Relief Foundation (IDRF) has been appointed to the to the Order of Ontario. The Order of Ontario recognizes the unique contributions of outstanding Ontario citizens in the service of their fellow Ontarians and the country at large. “Dr. Fuad Sahin’s vision of traditional Islamic humanitarianism combined with his strong life-long commitment to social justice” according to IDRF, “still provides the basis for IDRF’s vision – built around Islamic principles of human dignity, self-reliance, and social justice – of an organization which provides emergency relief aid and long-term development assistance to vulnerable people and communities around the world.”

Upcoming Events


5. lnternational Development Week 2009

CIDA’s 19th annual International Development Week (IDW) will take place February 1 to 7, 2009 across Canada with the theme Development for Results. For more information on IDW, to download graphics or to post events on the IDW calendar visit the IDW website. For more information send an email to CIDA.

6. Toronto Ethics Workshop Deadline Approaching

Internal and external change impacts organizations at many levels.  Program, structural or staff changes are most often dealt with, but what does change mean for Board operations? Will Boards need different ways of ensuring their accountability to communities, partners, donors, funders and regulators? When is it time to review a governance framework? What criteria might be used for such a review?  CCIC is offering the workshop “Staying True: Governance and Change” led by Jane Garthson, a Canadian specialist on ethics and governance.  Garthson will discuss how to set directions during periods of rapid change and will assist workshop participants through discussions and exercises in how to stay true to ethical principles even during chaos and conflict.  This workshop will be offered in Toronto on February 25, 2009. Further information is available on CCIC website.

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