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September 11, 2009

1. Public Forum on the Future of Canadian ODA


Putting the ODA Accountability Act into Practice:  A Public Forum” will be held on September 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm, with guest speakers Clare Short, former Secretary of State for International Development in the United Kingdom and Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada.  The forum will take place in Alumni Auditorium, University Centre, 85 University Street, University of Ottawa.  This is a free public event.


2. Conference on The Future of Canadian ODA: Putting the ODA Act into practice


The “Future of Canadian ODA” conference, to be held September 29 to 30 in Gatineau-Hull,  will look at the implications of the ODA Accountability Act and the application of international human rights standards, called for in the Act, for Canadian aid practices. The Conference is being co-hosted by CCIC, Amnesty International Canada, the North-South Institute, Rights and Democracy and the School of International Development and Global Studies at the Holiday Inn Plaza la Chaudière, 2 Montcalm Street, Gatineau, Québec. For more information contact CCIC’s Brian TomlinsonRegister online.

3. CIDA Policy Roundtables Held


CCIC, and some member organizations, participated in three policy roundtables organized by CIDA in August. The roundtables (Children and Youth, Sustainable Economic Development and Food Security), reflected the thematic priorities for aid spending announced earlier this year by Minister Bev Oda. Gerry Barr, CCIC’s President and CEO, said that consultations are welcome, but they should be transparent, inclusive and accountable. A report is expected later this month.

4. Canada Revenue Agency Policy on Charities


The update to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) policy on charities with overseas operation is now available. A consultation is ongoing and will last until September 30. CCIC will coordinate a response to these new guidelines. Send comments, questions and concerns to Jean-Yves LeFort by September 15. If responding directly to CRA, CCIC would appreciate receiving a copy of your comments.

5. Investment Treaties and Extractive Industries Seminar Report Available


The report from CCIC’s May 2009 seminar Investment Treaties and Extractive Industries:  Implications for Human Rights and Sustainable Development is now available. The seminar explored diverse approaches in the South for ensuring greater development outcomes from investment in extractives and the implications of Canadian bilateral investment treaties for these alternative approaches. The seminar also looked at the interaction of investment treaties with human rights and environmental obligations.


6. Meeting Education for All Goals


The Canadian Global Campaign for Education has released a new study on the contribution of Canadian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to meeting the Education for All goals.  The study, Power in Partnerships: A Survey of Canadian Civil Society’s Role in Ensuring Education for All, summarizes the findings of a survey of Canadian civil society organizations involved in education programming in the South. It documents the substantial contribution that CSOs are making in programming, learning and advocacy towards meeting the Education for All goals.

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