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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

Could there be a better way to spend the summer…? 

Julia SanchezCoummer!

In solidarity,

Julia
Twitter: @JSanchezCCIC

Do you have any reactions to this column? I’d like to hear from you! Please send any comments to Julia Sanchez.

NEW DEVELOPMENTS

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CCIC report - GAC contribution to CSOs

Almost a year and a half after the release of the International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Civil Society Partnership Policy, CCIC has released a new set of charts identifying various trends around funding for Canadian civil society over the past decade – drawing on data released this month. ADD SOME TOPLINE TRENDS. The findings will inform an analysis of how the CSO Partnership Policy has been implemented in its first year. This analysis, expected for fall 2016, will draw on “Milestones to Measure Progress,” which CCIC produced last fall to indicate our expectations around how the policy should be put into practice. The government has committed to meet with civil society on an annual basis to assess implementation of the Partnership Policy.

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The Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation loses provincial support

A 42 years old partnership came to an end abruptly this June when the government of Saskatchewan decided, as part of its austerity budget, not to renew the Matching Grants in Aid Program (MGAP), which was managed by SCIC. MGAP has been an important source of funding for SCIC members over the years; most organizations who have benefitted from these funds are locally based organizations, with a long history and stellar record of engaging Saskatchewanians on global issues and supporting local organizations in developing countries. SCIC and its members are mobilizing to convince government that, even in a context of domestic financial constraints, maintaining a program that has produced so many good results on the ground, and one that has such a leveraging effect, should be a priority. CCIC has written a letter of support sent to Minister of Economy, which can be found here.

Canada to host next replenishment of Global Fund

At a meeting on international development, hosted by the Hon. Justin Trudeau, Minister of International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau and around 100 civil society representatives including CCIC, the Prime Minister announced that Canada would be pledging $785 million to the Global Fund for HIV AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, for the 2017 to 2019 period – an increase of 20 percent relative to the previous three year pledge. Trudeau also announced that Canada would be hosting the 5th Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund that Canada will host the Fifth Replenishment Conference in Montréal, Quebec on September 16, 2016.

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CCIC's President-CEO joins CIVICUS Board

CCIC is proud to have its President-CEO, Julia Sánchez, as one of the newly elected Board members of CIVICUS. Founded in 1993, CIVICUS is a global alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world. The organisation has members in more than 145 countries, with its headquarters in Johannesburg and offices in London, Geneva and New York. One of CIVICUS’ flagships reports is the State of Civil Society. It offers a comprehensive picture of civil society and the conditions it works in around the world. CIVICUS Strategic Priorities for 2013-2017 are threefold: 1) influence – ensure that civil society is taken seriously and is able to have a stronger influence on the making of decisions that matter to people's lives; 2) connect – connect the different sources and forces of citizen action so that citizen action as a whole becomes more robust and effective; and 3) enable - promote better conditions for civil society to do its work, and to enhance and protect optimal standards for all civil society. CCIC is an active member of CIVICUS.

CCIC office closes for one week

Please note that CCIC’s office will be closed the first week of August, which means that nobody from our team will be around and no responses to emails should be expected. Staff members will take turn in July and rest of August to ensure presence in the office and smooth running of main operations. We wish our readers a relaxing and inspiring summer! Next FLASH! will be published late August.

Job openings in the sector

Passionate about international development and humanitarian assistance and looking for exciting openings in the sector? Make sure that CCIC's employment page is part of your favourites! Our employment page is one of the busiest! World Renew, the International Development Research Centre and WUSC, among others, are recruiting. And if your organization wants to post an ad, please send it to: jobs@ccic.ca.  You can also follow CCIC on LinkedIn, where we promote jobs, reports and events!

NEW MEMBERS

CCIC is thrilled to present Dignitas International and The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) as its two newest members!

Dignitas International Dignitas International is a medical and research organization dedicated to improving health care for people facing a high burden of disease and unequal access to services. We deliver frontline medical care, conduct research, share our findings broadly and advocate for equitable global health policy and practice. Leveraging more than a decade of experience working in rural communities to address HIV in Africa, Dignitas recently launched a diabetes program for First Nations communities in Northern Ontario. 

 

CASIDThe Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) is a national, bilingual, interdisciplinary and pluralistic association devoted to the promotion of new knowledge in the broad field of international development.  Its mission to promote and support international development studies in Canada and abroad. CASID is also CCIC’s first Associate Member. For more information regarding Associate Membership please contact Michelle Bested.

MEMBER PROFILE: SUCO

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This month CCIC met with the Executive Director of SUCO, Richard Veenstra. SUCO (which means Solidarity, Union and Cooperation) is a Montréal-based NGO that just celebrated its 55th anniversary. We discussed SUCO’s focus on agro-environment and the volunteer sending program, among others!

SUCO is celebrating this month 55 years of engagement in international development. Can you point us to some key moments of your history, and reasons for the sustainability of your organization over the years?

Over 55 years, there have been a lot of key moments.  SUCO volunteers were among the first in many former British and French colonies in the 60s. They worked alongside liberation movements in southern Africa in the 70s and labour movements in Latin America through to the 80s.  Our participation in these movements formed our identity in that era.

Today, our identity is more about empowerment. 

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MEMBERS IN ACTION

Canada to rejoin the UN Convention to Combat Desertification

CCIC and many members, including USC Canada, Canadian Foodgrains Bank, World Federalist Movement – Canada, and the United Church of Canada, early in June released a letter asking Prime Minister Trudeau to rejoin the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). In 2014, Canada was the only country in the world to withdraw from the UNCCD. On World Day to Combat Desertification (June 17), Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, “recognize[d] not just the link between land degradation and climate change, but also the risks that desertification poses to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals” and announced they will be “taking positive steps to rejoin the global effort”.

A study by ICN on small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs)

A study by ICNIn the past five years, many Canadian SMOs working in international development have been marginalized as the government implemented Canada’s aid priorities, despite their record of effective programming. This paper commissioned by the Inter-Council Network presents a profile of Canadian SMOs involved in development cooperation, the impact of changing funding modalities on SMOs since 2010, and the characteristics of SMOs as development actors, as evidenced by third party evaluations. The paper also makes a case for new initiatives to re-­‐engage SMOs in Canada’s development efforts based on this record and core competencies.

Lewis Perinbam Award for International Development 2016 - Call for Nominations

Lewis Perinbam AwardThe Award Trustees and World University Service of Canada (WUSC) recently announced that nominations are open for the 2016 Lewis Perinbam Award for International Development. The Lewis Perinbam Award recognizes significant volunteer efforts that do the following: improve people’s lives in the developing world; engage and inspire Canadians to undertake volunteer action; and offer new ways of thinking about addressing development challenges. Nominations will be accepted until October 11, 2016. Winners will receive a monetary award of $5,000 towards their volunteer work. Click here to access the nomination form.

Activities of the WSF International Solidarity Committee – AQOCI

The World Social Forum (WSF) is quickly approaching (August 9-14, Montreal) and many CCIC members will participate and organize activities. Tens of thousands of people from civil society groups, organizations and social movements, all dedicated to building a more sustainable and inclusive world, are expected in Montreal for this important rendez-vous. The WSF International Solidarity Committee now has its own website which presents all activities organized under the different streams in English, French and Spanish. CCIC and AQOCI are co-organizing a workshop on the Global Goals, which will feature speakers from the Global South and a representative from the UN:  Sustainable development goals : a tool for the promotion of a more equitable world? AQOCI and its members are actively involved in the preparation of the WSF.

PM asked to act for peace in Syria – Development and Peace

Development and PeaceFaced with what the UN describes as “the greatest humanitarian challenge of our time,” Development and Peace invites the Canadian public to sign a petition calling on the Canadian government to do everything in its power to protect civilians in Syria and to end the conflict through diplomatic means. This includes strengthening Canada’s diplomatic role to contribute to finding a lasting peace through political rather than military means, and bringing the voice of Syrian civil society to the negotiating table; ensuring access to humanitarian aid so that it can reach the most vulnerable people in Syria; and promoting both social cohesion and self-sufficiency among Syrian refugees and their host populations in neighboring countries.

Latin American organizations called on PM to better regulate Canadian mining

Development and Peace and Mining Watch Canada called on Prime Minister Trudeau to give special attention to an open letter signed by 200 Latin American and international organizations, urging for sweeping change to Canada’s foreign policy regarding the global mining sector. “Under prior administrations,” the letter observes, “Canada’s human rights performance deteriorated considerably, not only in the eyes of the international community, but also from the perspective of the individuals, peoples and communities that live with the negative impacts of Canadian extractive projects.” They express hope for change based on past support from Liberal Members of Parliament – including the Prime Minister - “towards the adoption of a legislative framework that would hold state agencies and companies to account for abuses related to Canadian mining companies’ overseas operations.”

Syria: Stop the Bombing – Amnesty International

Syria : Stop the BombingAmnesty International launched a petition calling the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to urgently protect civilians in Syria. This call takes place in the context of several areas remaining under siege in Syria, with nothing moving in or out for months and even years. Reports say that starvation is being used as a weapon of war by both the Syrian government and armed groups, which is considered as war crimes.

WORTH A LOOK

New in Development Unplugged

If you haven’t visited CCIC’s blog in the past few weeks, you’ve missed exceptional and exclusive content! Latest articles include a series around the World Humanitarian Summit; an article on how to measure the SDGs; how Canada needs to reinvest in peacebuilding operations; Canada’s support to Least Developed Countries; and a final post on the 3 main takeaways of the World Humanitarian Summit. Contributions are always welcome and should be submitted to Chantal Havard, Communications Manager at CCIC.

Useful online resources on the Global Goals

If you want to engage your members and supporters on Agenda 2030 but don’t know exactly where to start, this website is for you! It includes many useful resources on the SDGs, including a press kit, important links, facts and figures, social media content, and much more! Together 2030 also offers information, resources and ready to use material for engagement around the Global Goals.

Voices-Voix Declaration 2016

Voices-Voix DeclarationVoices-Voix launched a new Declaration calling on the Government of Canada to: actively promote political diversity, advocacy and dissent; foster an enabling environment for civil society organizations; strengthen parliamentary accountability and democratic processes and institutions; be transparent and accountable; and respect indigenous rights and self-determination. Organizations are invited to endorse the declaration. Voices-Voix is a non-partisan coalition of Canadians and Canadian organizations committed to defending our collective and individual rights to debate and dissent. It was created in 2010.

Youth Participating in Community Life - Equitas

EquitasEquitas recently launched “Implementing human rights projects in the Middle East and North Africa: Lessons learned and good practices”, one of the main tools developed through the Mosharka project. This publication captures the lessons learned and good practices for engaging young people in the promotion of human rights, including working towards implementing recommendations from the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The Mosharka project started in November 2012 with the goal of building networks and capacity, in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, for engaging and mobilizing youth to promote human rights as well as increasing their democratic participation.

Humanitarian hub launched

Humanitarian Hub LaunchThe world is facing the largest displacement crisis since the Second World War, and the gap between humanitarian needs and available aid is widening. Concerned by that, Bond (CCIC’s equivalent in the UK) launched a new humanitarian hub to bring the different stakeholders together, present case studies on the humanitarian work conducted by NGOs, share useful resources as well as the latest humanitarian news and views.

New CJDS special issue on humanitarian aid

François Audet, director of the Canadian Research Institute on Humanitarian Crisis and Aid (OCCAH), edited a special issue on humanitarian aid published in the Canadian Journal of Development Studies. The publication covers a wide range of issues, including hunger, mining, and land grabbing. One article also analyses the transformation of Canadian humanitarian assistance in the context of the country’s changing international behavior.

Book: Rethinking Canadian Aid, Second Edition

Rethinking Canadian Aid

 

This revised edition of the book not only analyzes Canada’s past development assistance, it also highlights key opportunities in the context of the recent change in government. Designed to reach a variety of audiences, the book showcases contributions by twenty scholars and experts in the field, who offer an incisive examination of Canada’s record and initiatives in Canadian foreign aid, including its relatively recent emphasis on maternal and child health and on the extractive sector, as well as the longer-term engagement with state fragility.

 

CCIC IN THE NEWS

Cobourg’s Horizons of Friendship presents Founders Awards
Northumberland News | June 18, 2016

Canada Should Go To The World Humanitarian Summit With Real Commitments
Huffington Post Québec | May 17, 2016

Trudeau government should scrap controversial Saudi arms deal
The Hill Times | May 16, 2016

How to prepare and deliver a five-minute IGNITE speech
Informed Opinions | March 20, 2016

CCIC PRESENTS

Report Launch - Canadian International Development Platform: Data Report 2016
The Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP), in collaboration with the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
June 30, 2016
Ottawa, Ontario

Sustainable development goals: a tool for the promotion of a more equitable world?
2016 World Social Forum
Montreal, Quebec
August 9-14, 2016

EVENTS

Natural Resource Governance and Economic Diversification in Africa: Strategies, Lessons, and Challenges
Ottawa, Ontario
June 29, 2016

2016 World Social Forum
Montreal, Quebec
August 9-14, 2016


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