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May 28, 2010

1. A Time to Act – Landmark Legislation Suffers from Lackluster Implementation

 

Two years after passing the Official Development Assistance (ODA) Accountability Act the government has failed “to fulfill the Act’s spirit and the intention of parliament” according to a report released last week. A Time to Act edited by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), outlines how the government has failed to meet the Act’s three criteria for aid spending.  Specifically that foreign aid spending: contributes to poverty reduction; takes into account the perspectives of the poor; and is consistent with international human rights standards. Read CCIC’s news release.

2. e-Au Courant – Focus on G8 and G20

 

The Spring 2010 issue of CCIC electronic publication e-Au Courant focuses on the upcoming G8 and G20 Summits.Read what Gauri Sreenivasan, CCIC’s policy co-ordinator, has to say about governance and the G20. Amanda Sussman looks at ending poverty as Canada’s G8 challenge.  The Pembina Institute’s Clare Demerse calls on Canada and world leaders to do more about climate change. In an interview with Charles Abugre, he challenges G8 leaders to make good on their MDG commitments. And the North-South Institute’s Bill Morton argues for fairer global economic rules. 

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3. Revised Dates and Location Announced for the Open Forum Global Assembly

 

The CSO-led Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness will hold its first Global Assembly in Istanbul, Turkey, September 25 to 30. More information will soon be available on the Open Forum web site.  CCIC coordinated a Canadian consultation on CSO development effectiveness earlier this year and its report on the outcomes of that consultation will be one of many national consultation reports contributing to a global Draft Framework on CSO Development Effectiveness.

Ethics in a Flash

 

4. Dear Ms Ethics


Dear Ms Ethics:  Following the recent disaster in Haiti there have been scores of health professionals going down on short term missions to help out.  Haitian nurses and doctors are reportedly left standing on the sidelines even though their skills and language would be an asset.  Is there a part of the Code that would address the hiring of local professional or non-professional staff? Disastrous

 

Dear Disastrous: There are a number of areas of the CCIC Code of Ethics that provide us with guidance on this issue.  The overriding goal expressed in the Development Principles is that development should foster and promote the full realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms.  In addition, the Partnership Principles recognize that the key to achieving development outcomes is to work on the basis of partnership (i.e., with local organizations) and that strengthening socially beneficial institutions is integral to the practice of development. When organizations are considering sending staff or volunteers to another country, they should ask themselves how Development Principles C4.3, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7 and 4.9 as well as Partnership Principles C5.1, C5.5 and C5.9 might apply.  For example, how will placements strengthen local capacity – e.g. health systems – and long-term partnerships?  Should we support local people who can do the same or similar work? How can we avoid marginalizing local experts by our presence or methods?

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