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December 21, 2010

 

 

Best Wishes!

 

Dear members and friends,

 

The year that is coming to an end has been filled with events and challenges, but CCIC came out of it strengthened by the steady confidence you expressed over the months. Thanks to you, the Council remains an essential player that defends the sector’s interests on the most important issues to us all.

 

On behalf of CCIC’s staff and Board, I send you our best wishes of health, happiness and success.

 

Gerry Barr
CEO, CCIC

 

1. A call to Restore Confidence

 

In a reaction to recent revelations made at the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and in the House of Commons about CIDA’s decision to defund human rights NGO KAIROs in 2009, Gerry Barr held a press conference on December 16, where he raised doubts about the reliability of funding criteria at Canada’s national aid Agency.

 

Gerry Barr described the increasingly troubled relationship between the NGO community and CIDA, illustrated by recent revelations that Bev Oda’s decision to defund KAIROS had been taken in the face of a contrary recommendation by CIDA officials that the program be funded. To date Minister Oda has said the decision to defund KAIROS was based on a “due diligence” review of KAIROS program which uncovered weaknesses in the proposed program.  Barr also named sweeping changes at CIDA’s Partnerships with Canadians Branch as new elements which are likely to undermine the autonomy of Canadian NGOs and ownership of development initiatives by their southern partners. For more on this, read Gerry Barr’s Op-ed published on December 7, 2010 in Embassy. Also read the press conference transcript here.

 

Gerry Barr concluded by asking the Minister to take strong steps to restore confidence in Canada’s public standards for aid spending. 

 

Press coverage
Oda: I don't know who altered KAIROS memo, Embassy, Dec 15
Aid groups question CIDA after funding revelations, the Toronto Star, Dec 15

Funding cut over politics: Aid group, Ottawa Sun, Dec 15

2. Urging Reform to Canada’s Access to Medicine Regime

 

Canadian civil society organizations, including HIV Aid Legal Network, CCIC and the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), have urged Parliamentarians to do the right thing and support critical reform of Canada’s Access to Medicines Regime (CAMR). Private member’s Bill C-393 carries the power and potential to streamline and strengthen CAMR to help ensure lower-cost generic medicines for HIV/AIDS and other public health problems can get to developing countries.

 

An open letter to MPs from Canadian organisations was sent on World Aids Day, December 1st 2010.

 

For more information please click here and follow postings at www.twitter.com/aidslaw.

 

Upcoming Events

 

3. Workshop on Social Analysis System

 

The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) will be co-hosting a workshop on Social Analysis System Training (SAS2) in Toronto on February 8-10, 2011. SAS2 is a new approach to participatory action research and evaluation used by PWRDF partners in Bangladesh.  The training will be facilitated by Daniel Buckles and his colleagues. The agenda and registration information can be found here.

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