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February 19, 2010

1. UK Bill on 0.7%

 

The UK government recently released draft text of legislation that would commit the government to dedicating 0.7% of gross national income (GNI) to foreign aid spending.   The 0.7% target has been an international commitment for forty years, and the legislation represents a historic opportunity to see this promise delivered.  The Bill makes an unambiguous legal commitment to spend 0.7% of GNI on aid, using the definitions of aid set out in UK legislation passed in 2002.  The legislation would require the Secretary of State to report to parliament if that target is not met in any given year and then describe steps to be taken to ensure the target is met.  


2. DFAIT eDiscussion on G8

 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT)  is holding an online eDiscussion on global peace and security issues in the lead-up to the G8 foreign ministers’ meeting March 29-30 in Gatineau, Quebec. The eDiscussion is open until April 2, 2010. It is hosted on the G8 official website at www.g8.gc.ca.  NGOs, civil society groups and academia are encouraged to submit position papers to the eDiscussion. The position paper should be approximately 1000 words and respond to a set of questions on the eDiscussion topic. A summary of the most interesting and challenging points of the eDiscussion and of the policy papers will be prepared and distributed to departmental officers and circulated to Canada’s G8/G20 Sherpa and senior officials. For more information about the eDiscussion process contact discussions@international.gc.ca.


3. Canada’s World Releases Public Engagement Video

 

Canada’s World, a 3-year national citizens' dialogue project based at Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue, uses innovative methods to engage citizens in developing a new story for Canada's role in the world. Canada's World is hosting a video contest, Hearts of Canada, aimed at encouraging Canadians to “lead by example”. To view the video or to use it in public engagement efforts visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpRpZGc2Kek. Learn more about Canada’s World at www.canadasworld.ca.


4. International Development Fundraising Survey

 

A new survey of Canadian international development charities is looking at trends in fundraising including direct mail, events, online, foundation and corporate giving.  The results of the survey “will assist international development organizations in creating benchmarks for more strategic and targeted fundraising in the future”, says Ken Wyman, former National Coordinator of Fund Raising and Publicity for OXFAM-Canada. The survey was created by two students in the postgraduate Fundraising and Volunteer Management program at Humber College in Toronto, under the direction of Ken Wyman and in collaboration with Michelle Stefanski, Monthly Giving and Database Strategy Manager at the Canadian Red Cross.  For more information, contact ken.wyman@humber.ca or call 416-675-6622, ext. 3013.


Upcoming Events

 

5. CCIC Consultation with Members Working on Haiti


In response to the large-scale civil society mobilization to last month’s earthquake in Haiti, CCIC is consulting with members working in emergency relief, recovery, reconstruction, development, governance, security, and human rights in Haiti.  Topics include the March donor conference in New York and a discussion on Canada’s response to the earthquake.  Contact surendrini@ccic.ca for more details.

6. Oslo Conference on Armed Violence and MDGs


The Government of Norway and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are hosting, on April 21 and 22, a high level conference on armed violence. The conference, held in advance of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) review summit in September at the UN in New York, will bring together governments and civil society organizations. Space for civil society participation in the April conference is limited and priority will be given to organizations and individuals already involved in programming or advocacy work in development, disarmament, public health, human rights and transparency. Interested civil society organizations must complete submissions for participation by February 22.  The form and further details can be downloaded at  www.ploughshares.ca.

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