CCIC - Flash
A semi-monthly electronic bulletin

September 24, 2010

1. Reality of Aid Key Messages for UN MDG Summit


The global Reality of Aid Network issued a short summary of key messages for the UN High-Level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the Millennium Development Goals.  While acknowledging the importance of the MDGs, the Network stresses the importance of measures to reform the current aid system and address all internationally agreed development goals.  The Statement is available at  (in English only).   

2. First Draft of International Framework on CSO Development Effectiveness


More than 200 CSOs and representatives from donors and partner governments will gather for the first Global Assembly of the Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness, in Istanbul, September 28-30.  The Global Assembly will consider a draft International Framework on CSO Development Effectiveness, as well as ways to advance further CSO dialogue on improving CSO practice and donor/government enabling conditions.  The Draft Framework, and a Synthesis of the Outcomes of more than 40 national CSO consultations on CSO development effectiveness, can be found at,052-.html and on CCIC’s site at  Brian Tomlinson from the CCIC Policy Team will represent the Canadian process in Istanbul.  He welcomes comments on the Draft Framework: send comments to

3. Input sought for Review Process of Extractive Sector CSR Counsellor


The Office of the Extractive Sector Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Counsellor recently completed public consultations on construction of a review mechanism for the Canadian extractive sector operating overseas. The dispute resolution process will be launched on October 20, 2010. CCIC has been asked, as one of six umbrella groups, to contribute to a user guide for the review process to ensure that it speaks to potential users of the review process and provides sufficient practical guidance (it will not address legal issues). CCIC has been asked to nominate up to two members with relevant experience to participate in a conference call to be held October 4 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT. To express interest, or for more information, contact Gauri Sreenivasan at

Upcoming Events


4. Reminder: Issues of Peace and Security in Africa


The Africa-Canada Forum colloquium on the theme “Issues of Peace and Security in Africa: A Civil Society Agenda for Democratization” will be heldOctober 4-6, 2010 in Ottawa. Participants will be asked to reflect on ways to promote the advancement of democratization in Africa and the transformation of partnership relationships in order to better support African colleagues’ efforts to build sustainable peace. To receive a draft agenda and a registration form, contact Sylvie Perras, ACF Coordinator at

Ethics in A Flash


5. Ethics Program Update


Below you will find the final Dear Ms Ethics. This question and answer feature has been an important part of the approach of the CCIC ethics program to provide advice and guidance to members about the ethical issues they face in their organizations. As a result of the funding cuts at CCIC, it will not be possible to continue this part of the program. The requirement to comply with the Code of Ethics and Operational Standards, however, will continue. To ensure that members are guided in that process and in their day-to-day issues, the Ethics Review Committee has developed a new Guidance Document and has revamped the ethics section of the CCIC web site. Follow the links from the main ethics page to access all the resources that have been developed over the years, including example policies; past Dear Ms Ethics questions and answers; new guidance on each of the Operational Standards; information on the compliance process; and video clips explaining the importance of ethics in organizations.

6. Dear Ms Ethics


Dear Ms Ethics: A member of our governing body is interested in running as a political candidate in an election.  What advice do you have about such a situation?  Politically sensitive

Dear Sensitive: The Operational Standards do not prevent governing body members from exercising their right to run for election. The individual and the organization should, however, consider Standards 3.1 and 3.5 in relation to such a situation. Would the person have enough time to both run for the election and govern the organization fairly and responsibly? Would his overt partisanship affect the independence of the organization, and/or his ability to govern independently? Would her personal (i.e. political) interests be sufficient to appear to influence the objective exercise of her organizational duties? What does the organization’s conflict of interest policy say about how to manage such a situation? Is the organization comfortable with an individual on the Board becoming overtly political in the eye of the public? It might prefer the person to detach herself so it is not seen to have such a close attachment to a political party. The political climate of the time will have an impact, and each organization will be different. All of this means it is a strategic conversation for the governing body, keeping in mind the Code of Ethics principles of human rights, transparency and fairness.

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