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December 4, 2009

1. CIDA cuts its funding to KAIROS


A prominent CCIC member, KAIROS, which is the principal ecumenical coalition supporting the involvement of 11 national faith communities and churches in Canada, has been informed that the work of KAIROS no longer fits the Government of Canada’s priorities, and CIDA funding has been terminated. CCIC and its members consider this news especially alarming considering the recent enactment of legislation to guide aid spending that focuses on human rights, the voice of the poor and the eradication of poverty. KAIROS is an exemplar agency in all three respects. For more information, please visit the KAIROS web site.


2. Pivotal United Nations Summit on Climate Change Opens


The United Nations Climate Summit in Copenhagen, Denmark is taking place this Monday, December 7 through Friday, December 18.  The Climate Summit will be a turning point in the struggle to fight climate change as pressure builds to reach a binding, ambitious and equitable post-2012 agreement of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  Equity and justice must be at the heart of any such agreement.  Read CCIC’s briefing notes which highlight the sector’s key messages for the UN Climate Summit.

3. CCIC Americas Policy Group Urges Rejection of “Controversial” Elections under Honduran Coup


The Americas Policy Group has urged the Canadian government to reject the November 29th elections in Honduras, call unequivocally for a return to constitutional order in that country, and back up this position with sanctions. In a press release, the APG called on Canada to suspend trade talks, military assistance and export credits, and review and re-direct aid, while supporting longer-term efforts towards democratization. The APG also raised concerns about human rights abuses documented since the start of the coup, including impacts on Honduran partner organizations.


4. CCIC forming reference group on Investment policy issues


CCIC members are invited to participate in an informal reference group to shape CCIC's work on foreign investment, human rights and sustainable development. The reference group will give feedback on proposals for how CCIC can help facilitate learning and policy engagement by CSOs on investment issues,  including investment treaties. The reference group will meet for a half day in January to share information and discuss program ideas for follow up in 2010, including developing a Canadian CSO position on key benchmarks and principles for assessing current Canadian investment policies and treaties.  Interested CCIC members should contact Gauri Sreenivasan.

5. The Betty Plewes Fund – Award 2010


The third $15,000 award of the Betty Plewes Fund will be offered in the spring 2010. The Fund was created by CCIC’s Board of Directors to honour the contribution made by Betty Plewes while President-CEO of CCIC. The purpose of the Fund is to award an African non-governmental organization engaged in research and policy development on issues of priority to women. Submit nominations by January 8, 2010 to the Selection Committee by mail and email. Find out more about the Fund. For more information contact Sylvie Perras.

6. Save the Children launches EVERY ONE Deserves a chance Campaign


Every year, almost 9 million children die before the age of five - many from preventable causes which have inexpensive, known remedies. Save the Children is launching EVERY ONE, a campaign for newborn and child survival. EVERY ONE's aims are to mobilize global action about this tragedy and to force governments in both the developed and developing world to take action to save children's lives.  Save the Children invites organizations to visit the site, sign the petition and help promote this campaign. For more information contact Cicely McWilliam at 416.218.1888. Also available on Facebook Page.

Take the CCIC Poll

 

7. Government support to mining, oil and gas industries


Results from the last CCIC poll showed that 90% of respondents thought that if public funds are used to support Canadian mining, oil and gas companies overseas, then the Government should ensure such support is only available to companies that respect environmental and human rights standards. Take our new poll on what you think Canada should commit to at the United Nations climate summit in Copenhagen this December.

Upcoming Events

 

8. December 14th Armed Violence Reduction workshop


The Small Arms Working Group of Peacebuild in collaboration with the Canadian Council for International Co-operation is holding a workshop,  "Can Development Programming Reduce Armed Violence? Current Field experience and implications for International

Policy."  The workshop will explore experiences of the Canadian development community in promoting armed violence prevention and reduction programmes in their development activities, using findings from recent research on peacebuilding, development and humanitarian assistance programmes in Kenya, Uganda, and Sudan as a point of departure. The workshop will also look at current international and NGO policy for armed violence reduction and development programming. Background papers are available. The workshop will take place December 14 2009 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM in the CCIC Boardroom, 450 Rideau St. Ste. 200 (lunch provided). The workshop is free but registration is required as space is limited. Please register by 10 December with Maribel Gonzales.

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9. Canadian event calendar for Copenhagen


World leaders are gathering in Copenhagen to negotiate a new global climate agreement. Between December 11th and 14th, Canadians will be organizing and attending events across the country to send a clear message: The world wants a real deal.  Visit the Climate Action Network Canada to find key Canadian events from December 11 - 14 or to register your own.


10. CCIC Working Paper on Canada’s Humanitarian Donorship 


This paper examines issues of volume, timeliness, flexibility and the extent to which funds for humanitarian assistance are allocated according to needs.  The working paper presents the perspectives and priorities of Canadian humanitarian agencies vis-à-vis Canada’s humanitarian donorship and its consistency with the spirit of the Good Humanitarian Donorship principles. As a working paper, it is open for review and is intended  to stimulate discussion. The paper is available on the Peace-building and Humanitarian Response section of the CCIC website. Please send comments to Surendrini Wijeyaratne.


11. Protect and Serve or Train and Equip: New Oxfam Report on US support for security assistance in fragile states


Since the attacks of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent declaration of the “Global War on Terror,” US international security assistance has increased substantially, with billions of dollars going to support security forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other “frontline” states. The United States has also adopted a new approach to security assistance in fragile states, called security sector reform (SSR). This paper looks at the implementation of US-supported SSR programs, and how they have integrated protection of civilians. The paper identifies current gaps between global standards of good practice—with which US doctrine and principles increasingly conform—and the actual US practice in the field. The report is available.

12. 2010 Alan Thomas Fellowship to Promote Civil Society and Voluntary Action


Awarded for the first time in 2008, this initiative is aimed at strengthening leadership for civil society and promoting greater understanding of the significance of voluntary action. The Fellowship will again be awarded in 2010 to a leader in the NGO/non-profit sector who would not normally have access to a sabbatical leave. Valued at a maximum amount of $60,000 for up to one year, the award is intended to allow the recipient, at a transitional moment in his or her career, to make a significant contribution to the sector, through research and reflection, leading to possible publication, or dissemination in another medium. The new deadline for applications is March 26, 2010, and the 2010 Fellow will be announced in late June 2010.  For further information, visit The Carold Institute site or contact Juliet Huntly at 613.376.3391.       

Ethics in a Flash

 

13. Dear Ms Ethics

 

One of our Board members received a cheque for professional services from our organization.  She chose to donate the amount of the payment back to the organization and issued us a cheque.  Can that Board member receive a receipt for income tax purposes for the amount s/he has been donated?  Full Circle

 

Dear Full Circle: The ethical issue here isn’t whether someone should be issued a tax receipt, but whether the original payment should have been made to a Board member.  This is a conflict of interest situation.  If your organization is thinking about doing it, then don’t.  If it has happened and the Board member was already paid, then the organization needs to undo the wrong.  Not only should you not issue a tax receipt, the organization should undo the initial payment transaction.  The Board member should give the money back to the organization.  Members of your governing body should not earn money from the organization.  Regular donations by Board members to the organization should receive tax receipts the same as any other donor.  See CCIC’s website for resources on managing conflict of interest situations, including a guidebook, a sample policy and a workshop for staff and Board members.

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