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February 13, 2009

1. Minister Oda Confirms Directions of Canadian ODA


International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda outlined, in a recent Embassy article, directions for Canadian aid policy in the context of the global economic crisis. She pointed out that developing countries will suffer disproportionately, with the government's response being increased humanitarian funds for people affected by emergencies.  She announced that Canada will meet its commitment to the Food Aid Convention.  The commitment to double aid to Africa by this fiscal year and to continue 8% increases to aid in 2009 and 2010 were affirmed.  However, the Minister stressed improved effectiveness as the government's approach, rather than significant increases for long- term development aid. She downplayed a list of priority countries, stressing that Canada will focus where humanitarian needs exist and where aid will be most effective. On Africa, the Minister had no new initiative, but did assert a continued commitment because "nobody can argue the need is not there in Africa".  While she stressed improvements in accountability, there was no mention of her approach to the ODA Accountability Act.


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2. Human Rights and the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Deal


Conducting a Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement: Key Issues is a CCIC Americas Policy Group background paper written by Dr. James Harrison of the Centre for Human Rights in Practice at the University of Warwick.  The paper outlines what can be expected to be achieved by a Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA). It also details previous HRIAs and offers recommendations and a model for an HRIA for the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
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3. Global Philanthropy and International Cooperation


A research paper looking at trends in global philanthropy and implications for international cooperation CSOs  was commissioned by CCIC and written by Betty Plewes.  The funding power and business models of new mega-philanthropists, the development potential of remittances from diaspora communities, the emergence of e-philanthropy and the growth of Southern philanthropy are among the trends considered. Such trends have implications for accountability and democratic participation in development. Plewes suggests roles for Canadian CSOs in supporting Southern civil society analysis of philanthropic initiatives, strengthening Southern philanthropy, increasing public understanding of development issues and linking with the Canadian philanthropic community to increase global giving. 

4. CIDA Gender Equality Policy Executive Summary


CIDA recently published the Executive Summary and the Management Response to its evaluation of the CIDA 1999 Gender Equality Policy. CCIC’s Policy Team will be preparing a short analysis of the highlights of this evaluation.

Upcoming Events

 

5. MCIC's One-Month Challenge


This February, the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is asking Manitobans to sign up for the One-Month Challenge in support of producers in the developing world. As part of the challenge, participants sign up online and commit to buying only fair trade brands of coffee, tea and chocolate for 30 days beginning February 14, 2009. The Challenge aims to raise awareness about ethical trading and expose consumers to quality fair trade products. So far, nearly 4,000 Manitobans have signed up to take the challenge. The week before Valentine's Day, Québec photojournalist Éric St-Pierre will kick off the One-Month Challenge by showcasing his photography exhibit of fair trade producers
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6. Charity Law Education Project


The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is currently in the process of revising its directives for Canadian registered charities with overseas operations. In order to better understand the updated requirements of CRA and the obligations of the Income Tax Act (ITA), the Canadian Council for International Co-operation will hold a second round of workshops across the country starting in March 2009.  For more information on workshops in your area, dates and registration, please click here. These workshops are free of charge and offer an excellent opportunity for registered charities to learn about their obligations under the Income Tax Act and discuss the challenges involved.

7. Informal Working Group on Women's Rights


An informal group of CCIC members interested in women's rights is discussing ways to strengthen a focus on the women's rights agenda in international cooperation (with CIDA and CSOs) and to consolidate and support a “community of practice”.  The group meets every two to three months.  The next meeting, chaired by Oxfam Canada, will take place February 23 from 9:30am to noon in the CCIC Boardroom at 1 Nicholas St. in Ottawa.  The meeting is open to any CCIC member active in the women's rights agenda.  To be added to the email list or for more information contact Dana Stefov by email or by phone at 613-241-7007 ext. 357.

8. Evaluation Training Scholarship Opportunity


The International Program for Development Evaluation Training (IPDET) is an executive training program in development evaluation. IPDET 2009 is being offered at Carleton University from June 8 to July 3. Because of a growing interest in IPDET and its relevance to IDRC programming, IDRC’s Evaluation Unit has set up a scholarship program to support approximately four IDRC partners to attend.  The scholarship will cover tuition, lodging, travel, and a small stipend. IPDET’s objectives include: developing basic knowledge of development evaluation concepts, processes, and methods and enhancing skills in designing and conducting evaluations of development programs.

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