CCIC - Flash
A semi-monthly electronic bulletin

March 19, 2010

1. CCIC Analysis of 2010 Federal Budget


CCIC’s Policy Team produced a short analysis of the 2010 Budget.  The budget backgrounder states that a “cap on aid spending will have very significant impacts on current and future aid allocations to government priorities for aid.” More detailed information will be available by the end of March when the government tables, in the House of Commons, departmental Part III Plans and Priorities for 2010-11 fiscal year.  According to the ODA Accountability Act, the Statistical Report on Canadian ODA for 2008-09 is due to be published on or before March 31, 2010.  

Upcoming Events


2. Public Engagement (PE) Hub launch

CCIC’s PE Hub will be launched on Monday March 29 at 11:00 AM (Eastern) in English and 12:00 PM (Eastern) in French via a live webcast. The PE Hub is a free, dynamic, bilingual, online social networking space for the sharing of information, good practices, and capacity-building resources between staff, Board, and key volunteers of CCIC member organizations working in PE, communications, and fundraising. Jennifer De Vries of Make Poverty History will use the PE Hub webcast launch to share information about G8 and G20 At the Table campaign. To be part of the new online PE Hub or to attend the virtual launch, register with Calla Barnett or call 613-241-7007 ext. 354.

3. 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report Launch


The Education for All Global Monitoring Report, produced annually, assesses how countries and regions are doing in reaching the six education goals agreed to by 164 countries in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000.  The theme of the 2010 Global Monitoring Report is "reaching the marginalized". The report looks at concrete solutions for making sure that no children are excluded from schooling. The launch will take place on Thursday, March 25 from 8:30AM to 11:30AM at 199 Sussex Drive in Ottawa and is hosted by the Canadian Global Campaign for Education, in cooperation with the Canadian Commission for UNESCO, the Canadian International Development Agency and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Register online.

Setting Your Sites


4. Reality of Aid Launches New Web Site

The global Reality of Aid Network has re-launched its web site. The web site has an improved design, is more user-friendly and offers more comprehensive information on aid, including many Southern perspectives. CCIC is a member of the Southern CSO-led Network and serves as Vice-Chairperson of its Management Committee.

Media File


5. CCIC Federal Budget Commentary in Toronto Star

CCIC Federal Budget Commentary in Toronto Star: A commentary on the Federal Budget by CCIC’s Gerry Barr appeared in the March 13 edition of the Toronto Star. The commentary pointed out that “foreign aid was hit hard as Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced a freeze on aid spending” and that “with this budget, Canada, in terms of generosity, will fall to the back of the pack – 18th  out of 22 donor countries for aid, Canada's lowest ranking ever.”

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