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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

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3. Canadian Consultation on CSO Development Effectiveness


What measures are Canadian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) taking to respond to challenges to improve their own development effectiveness?  Register today to ensure participation in the March 16-18, 2010 Canadian Consultation for the Open Forum on Civil Society Development Effectiveness.  Join representatives of other Canadian civil society organizations and government departments, all of whom play a role in effective development practice.  Discussions will examine principles, guidelines, accountability mechanisms and the necessary enabling environment for strengthening CSO development effectiveness.  Find out about early bird registration rates and get more information.

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