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November 25, 2005

Headlines

  1. No Plan for World's Poor - Economic and Fiscal Update Ignores Poverty Issues: Finance Minister Ralph Goodale dubbed his November 14 Budget Update a "Plan for Growth and Prosperity". Unfortunately no plan was outlined for growth and prosperity for the world's poor. "This government could have used the economic update to show it was serious about ending global poverty," said Gerry Barr President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and Co-Chair of Make Poverty History." What we needed to see was a timetable for reaching 0.7% of GNI - the internationally agreed to figure for aid spending." CCIC's review of the Budget Update will be available soon.

  2. Development Groups Welcome Increased CIDA Funding for Canadian NGOs: Development groups applauded an announcement by Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation on November 18, to increase funding for Partnership Branch. The increase amounts to approximately $30 million a year for the next five years. The Minister also announced the creation of a "Canadian Partnership Fund". This Fund, consolidating two existing programs, will support small, regionally-based NGOs across Canada and is expected to have an annual budget of $15 million (not included in the $30 million per year above). The Partnership Fund, however, may be limited to funding only the priorities outlined in the government's International Policy Statement (IPS).There is no mention of agriculture in the IPS, and with the majority of the world's poor depending on agriculture for their livelihood, this is a grave omission.

  3. CCIC Policy Paper for December WTO Hong Kong Ministerial Released: Demise of the Development Agenda?, a CCIC background briefing paper, provides an overview of the development issues and an updated state of play in four key areas of the Doha Development Agenda: Special and Differential Treatment, Agriculture, trade in Services and Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA). This paper also provides a perspective on Canada's role in the negotiations, and makes recommendations for an approach for Canada consistent with the goal of ending poverty. The backgrounder is available on CCIC's web site (www.ccic.ca).

Make Poverty History

  1. Barenaked Ladies Lead Charge - Make Poverty History Targets WTO: "Unjust international trade rules have a huge impact on lives of the almost 3 billion people in the world who are living on less than $2 a day," wrote the pop stars Barenaked Ladies, in a message to Make Poverty History campaign supporters, urging them to write International Trade Minister Jim Peterson and Agriculture Minister Andy Mitchell. "Tell them you expect Canada to stand for development and trade justice. Tell them Canada must refuse to sign any agreement that doesn't. Tell them to help make poverty history." The Make Poverty History campaign, endorsed by over 700 organizations and a quarter of a million citizens, launched the Barenaked Ladies e-mail blitz on November 14 targeting politicians on the ongoing World Trade Organization (WTO) negotiations. The action is the first of many to mobilize Canadians ahead of the WTO summit in Hong Kong in December. For more information go to www.makepovertyhistory.ca.

Worth Looking At

  1. International Policy Statement - Members Comments: CCIC's web site now includes a "Members Comments" section on the International Policy Statement (www.ccic.ca/e/002/policy.shtml). Members who have made written submissions are encouraged to send them to fjoncas@ccic.ca and they will be added to the CCIC site.

  2. The Voluntary Sector Awareness Project's Online Feedback Form: The Voluntary Sector Awareness Project is collecting feedback on a proposed national campaign to build awareness of the role of the voluntary sector in Canada. The online feedback form (www.imaginecanada.ca/vsap_survey) reproduces the three questions provided in the project's discussion paper, Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts (www.ccic.ca/e/docs/002_awareness_greater_than_sum_of_parts.pdf). Answers will be collected and added to those received at the "Community Conversations" being held across the country this fall.
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