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February 27, 2009

1. CIDA Announces Country Focus

CIDA announced this week that it will be “focusing its efforts in 20 countries by concentrating resources, focusing program and improving coordination.” Gerry Barr, CCIC’s President-CEO says that the list is a “cause for concern because there will be less concentration in Africa.”  The 20 focus countries are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Caribbean, Colombia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Mali, Mozambique, Pakistan, Peru, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, Ukraine, Vietnam, West Bank/Gaza.

2. Promoting an Inclusive Peace – A Call to Strengthen Canada’s Peace-making Capacity

Canada’s global role in promoting peace has been a central feature of Canadians’ understanding of their country’s role in the world.  This final installment in the series of discussion papers calls for Canada to do more to support global peace-making efforts. Part One explores why Canada and other donors should support peace-making efforts.  Part Two examines the Canadian policy landscape to support peace processes and peace-building. And, Part Three called Peace and Justice in Northern Uganda provides good practice and lessons learned from the Juba Peace Talks between the Lords Resistance Army (LRA) and the Government of Uganda.  All papers are available on the CCIC website.

Upcoming Events


3. What Role for Canada in the Americas? Meeting the Challenge of Human Rights, Democratic Development and Economic Justice

Register now for a full-day Policy Roundtable on Canada’s strategy for engagement in the hemisphere.  This Roundtable, organized by CCIC’s Americas Policy Group, will take place on March 25 in Ottawa-Hull.  Keynote speaker Victor Báez, Secretary General of the Trade Union Confederation of the Americas, will reflect on political, economic and social trends in the Americas.  The Roundtable will include three panels: An Americas Strategy for Democracy and Human Rights, An Americas Strategy for Economic Justice, and How will Canada and the U.S. Respond?  Other speakers include: David Abdulah, chair of the organizing committee for the IV People’s Summit, Michel Maza, Mexican Network of Civil Society Human Rights Organizations “All Rights for All”, Colombian Senator Jorge Enrique Robledo, and Jeanette Urquilla of the Organization of Salvadoran Women.  Government officials have been invited to participate.  For more information or to register, contact William Payne at 613-241-7007 ext. 333.

4. Education Campaign

The Canadian Global Campaign for Education (CGCE)is looking for organizations, researchers and programmers to highlight innovative education policy work during an interactive poster session at CGCE’s Annual Learning Forum.  The Learning Forum, focusing on governance and education, will be held in Ottawa on May 22, 2009.  To submit an abstract or for more information, contact Dr. Lynette Shultz or Dr. Lorna McLean. The deadline for submission of an abstract is March 16.

Ethics in a Flash


5. Ethics Review Committee Opportunity

Are you interested in ethical issues of civil society organizations and in assisting CCIC and its members in promoting ethical practice?  The CCIC is seeking nominations by March 20, from within the membership, for the Ethics Review Committee.  Nominees can be Board members, staff, or volunteers and must have a good understanding of members’ organizational and development practices.  An expertise in ethics programs or ethical theory is not required.  The Ethics Review Committee guides members’ understanding of the CCIC Code of Ethics and addresses questions and concerns related to ethics from, and about, CCIC members.  For full details, see the committee’s mandate and other information about CCIC’s ethics program. The commitment is to a two-year term, beginning in May 2009.  The Committee meets 3 times a year.  For more information, contact Anne Buchanan at 613-241-7007 ext. 315.  Candidates must be nominated by a CCIC member.

6. Gender Equality Study and Webcast

Join David Kelleher and Rieky Stuart, the authors of the recent CCIC study Gender Equality, Promise to Practice: A Study of the Progress toward Gender Equality of CCIC Members for a participatory webcast on March 11 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern Time).  The study is the culmination of an analysis of organizations’ web sites and results from questionnaires, interviews and focus group discussions.  Participants in the webcast will hear directly from Kelleher and Stuart about strategies for change. Topics for discussion include: the role of men in the struggle, the place of pressure and dialogue, the question of rights and cultures and the kind of learning needed to make programs congruent with ideals.  Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and to provide feedback through online polls.  Space is limited and restricted to CCIC members.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from these two leading gender specialists.  Complete and return the registration form by March 5.

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