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March 2, 2007

Headlines

  1. Aid to Afghanistan: In response to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's announcement this week of aid increases to Afghanistan, CCIC commented that development must be a priority focus, not merely an add-on to counter-insurgency efforts in Afghanistan. "With today's announcement, I hope that the Prime Minister realizes that the conflict in Afghanistan will not be solved by military aggression. I hope that this announcement represents an important shift in Canada's strategy towards one of peace-making and not war-making," said Gerry Barr President and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation.

  2. Agriculture should be Priority for CIDA: The Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development unanimously recommended to the Government "that the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) establish agriculture as a priority sector using the strategies and policies developed in the CIDA policy document entitled Promoting Sustainable Rural Development focusing on sustainability and the reduction of poverty and hunger." This resolution was the result of recent testimony before the Committee by the Canadian Food Security Policy Group (FSPG) based on research studies commissioned by the group on CIDA's programming in agriculture in three African countries. The FSPG will be following up with the Minister for International Cooperation to propose how the Agency can significantly increase CIDA investments in this sector. The research summary and report is available at www.ccic.ca/e/003/food.shtml.

  3. Public Engagement and Evaluation Action-Research Pilots Launched: Four action-research pilot projects to explore good practice in public engagement and evaluation are being launched. The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, Canadian Nurses Association, Jamaican Self-Help, and the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation will participate in this project. The methodologies, tools and learnings from this core group of public engagement practitioners will be shared with the CCIC membership. For more information contact Michael Stephens at mstephens@ccic.ca, (613) 241-7007 ext. 332 or any of the above-mentioned organizations.

Media File

  1. Senate Report on Africa Commentary: Following the Senate Committee's recent report on aid to Africa, a commentary by CCIC President and CEO Gerry Barr appeared in the Ottawa Citizen. The commentary "Aid can work if it's properly channeled" pointed out that in the numerous recommendations in the Senate report, one was actionable right now (passing Bill C-293 which would focus aid spending on ending poverty) and the other (abolishing CIDA) was plainly wrong. The commentary can be found at www.ccic.ca/e/004/commentaries.shtml.

  2. Grant System Mired in Red Tape - Toronto Star Commentary: "Federal grants and contributions support investments in research and productivity by businesses, individuals and institutions in every part of Canada. They support the work of literally thousands of voluntary and non-profit organizations… Yet in the area of federal grants and contributions, matters seem to have become worse, not better. It has become harder to apply for grants and contributions, more difficult to comply with terms and conditions." Frances Lankin and Ian Clark, co-chairs of a Treasury Board Blue Ribbon Panel on Grants and Contributions, in their Toronto Star commentary on February 13, went on to note that "recipients of federal grants and contributions are treated like suspects to be watched over rather than partners in an enterprise of public good." The Blue Ribbon Panel report can be found at www.brp-gde.ca/en/report.cfm.

Upcoming Events

  1. Leadership Forum: A CCIC Leadership Forum, for member organization executive directors and board chairs, will look at the context and progress to-date on CIDA's Plan of Action on Partnerships with Civil Society. This year's Forum will take place March 15 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm the Holiday Inn, Plaza de la Chaudière, Gatineau, Québec. CIDA officials will be in attendance for the afternoon session. For agenda and registration information contact France Joncas at fjoncas@ccic.ca.

  2. An Evening with Lawrence Hill: Canadian Crossroads International is presenting an evening with author Lawrence Hill who will read from his novel, The Book of Negroes. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Canadian Crossroads International to support its work stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, promoting the rights of women and developing local economies through projects in West Africa, Southern Africa and the Andean region of South America. The event starts at 6:30pm on Thursday March 22 at the Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen St. West in Toronto). Tickets are $100 and include a copy of the novel. For more information call (416) 967-1611 ext. 240 or toll free at 1-877-967-1611 ext 240.

 

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