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January 19, 2007

Headlines

  1. International Development NGOs applaud Committee Report on Aid Bill: Canada's aid accountability law passed a key hurdle on December 13. "We applaud the cross-party collaboration of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to effectively get Bill C-293 through the Committee process" said Gerry Barr, President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation. The Bill aims to focus aid spending on ending poverty. The next step for the Bill will be to pass third reading in the House of Commons. Then the Bill will be referred to the Senate for final approval.

  2. Civil Society Aid Effectiveness Discussion Paper: A CCIC discussion paper on conditions for civil society effectiveness in addressing the rights of poor and marginalized people is now available. The paper attempts to distinguish between the principles for effective donor cooperation (as outlined in the 2005 Paris Declaration) and the principles that should, in fact, shape how civil society organizations (CSOs) work on a North/South basis. The paper is available at http://ccic.ca/e/docs/002_aid_2006-11_cida_aid_effectiveness_and_csos_paper.pdf. For comments or questions contact Brian Tomlinson at btomlinson@ccic.ca.

  3. Advisory Group at DAC on Civil Society Aid Effectiveness: CCIC will be joining an advisory group at the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) tasked with identifying the principles affecting civil society aid effectiveness and its relationship with the Paris Declaration. CIDA is expected to Chair this advisory group. The results of the group's discussions will go to the steering committee planning the September 2008 High Level Forum in Accra, Ghana. The Forum will be the first substantial review of progress made on the Paris Declaration commitments. For more information, contact Brian Tomlinson at btomlinson@ccic.ca.

  4. Working Paper on Aid Effectiveness and Non-State Actors: An excellent working paper on aid effectiveness and the role of donor and civil society and private sector partnerships is now available. The paper (written by Real Lavergne - CIDA Policy Branch and Jacqueline Wood - Canadian Partnership Branch) is an authored working paper and not a CIDA position or policy paper, however, it was drafted as background material for current CIDA initiatives at the DAC and in Canada on renewing Canadian partnerships. The paper is available in English and French from Brian Tomlinson at btomlinson@ccic.ca.

  5. Colombia Policy Brief: Towards a Human Rights Framework for Canadian Policy on Colombia, written by CCIC's Americas Policy Group, examines the state of the human rights crisis in Colombia, the factors contributing to the crisis, and impact on the most vulnerable populations. The brief looks at Canada's donor, diplomatic, and commercial relations with Colombia and includes recommendations on justice for victims of armed groups, improving trade and investment practices, and promoting human rights. Copies of the brief are available at www.ccic.ca/e/docs/003_apg_2006-11_canadian_policy_towards_colombia.pdf

  6. Resources for Policy Work: Building Knowledge and Capacity for Policy Influence: Reflections and Resources is a compilation of ideas, tools and reflections from a multi-year CCIC project. It includes some basic information on the Canadian government policy-making process, and touches on some of the skills and approaches needed to carry out policy work in respectful partnership with Southern counterparts. Download it free of charge from www.ccic.ca/e/002/capacity_building.shtml. Hard copies are also available ($15 per copy for CCIC members, $20 per copy for non-members). Contact od@ccic.ca.

Upcoming Events

  1. Collaborating for Change - A CCIC Sector Retreat: Spaces are going fast so don't miss this opportunity to discuss what is needed for Canadian CSOs to contribute to global change. Register today to join other civil society leaders at the "Collaborating for Change" retreat this February 11 to13 at the Hôtel du Lac in Ville de Mont-Tremblant (www.hoteldulac.ca). Space cannot be guaranteed for registrations received after January 24. The retreat will focus primarily on efforts in policy influence, public awareness and mobilization, and partnership and alliance-building. Further information is available from od@ccic.ca.

Worth Looking At

  1. Ethics in Action - The Ethical Challenges of International Human Rights Nongovernmental Organizations: Ethics in Action, edited by Daniel A. Bell and Jean-Marc Coicaud, is the product of a multi year dialogue between theorists and NGO practitioners on the ethical challenges involved in international human rights work. The first chapter, written by Betty Plewes and Rieky Stuart, discusses the images used in NGO communications. The book is available at www.cambridge.org/uk/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521865661.

 

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