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April 16, 2010

1. OECD DAC Publishes Outcomes of the Advisory Group on CSOs and Aid Effectiveness


CCIC was an active member of the Canada-led Advisory Group on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness from 2007 to 2008.  The Advisory Group undertook intensive processes with civil society, donors and developing country governments on issues relating to civil society as development actors and aid effectiveness in the lead up to the Accra High Level Forum in September 2008.  The OECD DAC has just published an important output from the work of the Advisory Group: Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness – Findings, Recommendations and Good Practice. The report analyzes a number of case studies that were complied for the Advisory Group.  For more information contact Brian Tomlinson at CCIC.

Upcoming Events


2. Where is Canada’s Leadership in Gender Equality and Women’s Rights?


The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) will be holding an interactive panel and discussion with women’s rights experts Lydia Alpizar Duran, Joanna Kerr, Micheline Ravololonarisoa and Katherine McDonald.  The panel, to be held on May 3 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM in room 256S in Centre Block on Parliament Hill, will focus on Canada’s position on women’s and girl’s rights, make recommendations for improvement and  help to generate momentum to build a stronger Canadian agenda on gender equality. For more information and to register contact Allison Jack, Executive Assistant at AWID at 416-594-3773.

3. Learn about CIVICUS World Assembly


Beginning in 2010 and for the following two years, the Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM) is partnering with CIVICUS World Alliance as co-organizer of the CIVICUS World Assemblies in Montreal. The first World Assembly will take place August 20 to 23 at the Palais des Congrès. Close to a thousand delegates from over 100 countries are expected to attend. The theme of the 2010 World Assembly will be “Seeking Out Solutions: Economic Justice”. INM will be holding an information event in Ottawa on April 26 to introduce the various ways which organizations can take advantage of these high profile events and contribute to their success.   The meeting will take place in CCIC’s Board Room (450 Rideau Street) from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM.   Participation by conference phone will be possible.  To confirm your presence (before Friday, April 23) or for more information contact Danièle Blain INM Coordinator of the Montreal World Assemblies at (514) 934-5999, ext. 226.

4. Renowned international peacekeeper and diplomat to address Canadians


Jan Pronk, former Netherlands Minister for Development Co-operation, special representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations in Sudan, and  President/CEO of the Rome-based Society for International Development will be in Ottawa. The talk, “Beyond Development Assistance,” will take place on April 27 at 10:00AM at the International Development Research Centre. The event is organized by the Society for International Development, Ottawa-Gatineau chapter, and supported by the IDRC. For information and tickets contact Hannah Yakobi.

5. Climate Change and Poverty – Off the Table


In the wake of the financial crisis, countries around the world have cut back on their commitments to combat climate change and poverty. As the G8 and G20 leaders prepare to gather in June what are the challenges and opportunities for getting these issues back on the table? Kairos, Halifax Initiative, the Africa-Canada Forum , CCIC and the School of International Development and Global Studies  will be holding a public event on Wednesday, April 28 from 7:00PM  to 9:00 PM at the University of Ottawa - Pavillion Desmarais, 55 Laurier East, Room 1120. Presenters include Charles Abugre, Director of Campaigns for the Millennium Development Goals, United Nations Development Program, and Gauri Sreenivasan, Policy Coordinator, Canadian Council for International Co-operation For more information contact Caroline Foster.

Setting Your Sites


6. It’s launched – Introducing the Public Engagement (PE) Hub

Last month, CCIC held a webcast to launch Canada’s first-ever bilingual online network for public engagement, communications and fundraising practitioners working in the field of international cooperation. There are already over 125 members from all regions of the country signed up to the site.  Chock full of content, the PE Hub is a free, dynamic, online space for the sharing of information, good practices, and capacity-building resources between staff, Board, and key volunteers of CCIC member organizations. For more information contact Calla Barnett at 613-241-7007 ext. 354.

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