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September 14, 2007

Headlines

  1. North/South Civil Society Relations: At a recent conference on Civil Society and the Aid Effectiveness Agenda, CCIC's Brian Tomlinson spoke on civil society and aid effectiveness in the context of the Paris Declaration. The purpose of the International Civil Society Arena Conference in Sweden was to feed into the High Level Forum in Accra in September 2008 where progress made on the implementation of the Paris Declaration will be reviewed. The speech "North/South CSO Relations - A Northern Perspective" is available on CCIC's web site (www.ccic.ca).

  2. Reconciling Trade and Human Rights - The New Development Agenda: The report from a two-day conference on ways which the human rights framework could inform new strategies for trade, development and poverty eradication is now available on CCIC's web site www.ccic.ca/e/docs/002_trade_2007-09_rd-ccic_hr_conf_report.pdf). This international conference was co-hosted in May 2007 by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation and Rights & Democracy. The report will also soon be available in Spanish.

  3. Human Rights and the Canada - Mexico Relationship: "Security and prosperity for whom? Keeping human rights and democracy in focus in Canada's relationship with Mexico", a briefing note by CCIC's Americas policy group, examines the human rights impact of deeper security policy integration and key human rights concerns in Mexico. The briefing note makes recommendations on the security, prosperity and partnership of North America, migrant rights, gender equality, indigenous rights, judicial and police reform, and corporate social responsibility abroad. The briefing note is available on CCIC's web site at www.ccic.ca/e/docs/003_apg_2007-08_hr_issues_mexico_cda.pdf.

  4. The Art of the Possible in bookstores October 16: Amanda Sussman's (see Government 101 Webcast below)The Art of the Possible shows that democracy is not only for the well-funded, entrenched or few. It is a remarkable political system that includes everyone. Using her own experience, as well as interviews with chiefs of staff, advisors to the prime minister, and former ministers, Amanda Sussman offers step-by-step advice on how and when to make the strongest argument, ultimately proving that those on the outside can successfully challenge and change the government.

  5. Ethiopia - The Path to Self-Resiliency: The factors that contribute to the vulnerability and the resilience of communities and households in rural Ethiopia are explored in the report "Ethiopia - The Path to Self-Resiliency". The report is the result of research coordinated by CHF on behalf of a 15-member Canadian NGO Network in Ethiopia (CANGO). Based on research in five regions and five major livelihood systems, the study provides insights on how best to promote self-resiliency for the chronically food insecure at both household and community levels. The report is available at www.chf-partners.ca/publications/publications.shtml.

Upcoming Events

  1. Government 101 Live Webcast - How Government Works: CCIC' s first online webcast for members on government relations will take place Thursday September 27, from 12:00 to 2:00 pm (Ottawa time). In this webcast, Amanda Sussman will speak on how to use limited time and resources to have the maximum impact on government policy. Focusing on an overview of how government decisions get made, Sussman will also touch on defining clear advocacy objectives, running effective meetings with government, and choosing advocacy tactics. Amanda Sussman is a past policy advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration. Her book, The Art of the Possible will be released in October. There is no cost to participate but registration by September 24 is required. To register contact Joanne Vézina at (613) 241-7007 ext. 336 or jvezina@ccic.ca.

  2. 2007 Africa-Canada Forum Symposium: Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness will be on the agenda at the Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) 2007 Symposium to be held September 30 to October 3. The ACF is preparing a number of case studies highlighting best practices and enabling conditions for CSOs in their role as development actors. These case studies will contribute to the process led by the DAC's Advisory Group on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness. The deadline for registration is September 21. For more information or to register, contact Sylvie Perras at sperras@ccic.ca or (613) 241-7007 ext. 321.

  3. Public Engagement Video Conference: A public engagement forum for CCIC members will take place by video conference between Edmonton and Ottawa on October 12 and 13. The forum is an opportunity for participants to discuss the current context for public engagement in Canada, profile good practices in campaigning and public engagement, and share models and tools. Participants must travel to one of the two sites to participate. Some travel subsidies are available. For more information or to register contact Michael Stephens at mstephens@ccic.ca or (613) 241-7007 ext. 332.

  4. Public Engagement Fund: The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) has launched a call for proposals for the Public Engagement Fund (PEF) with a deadline for submissions of October 22, 2007. The PEF provides a maximum of $150,000 for one or two-year projects that increase the understanding and engagement of Canadians in international development issues. Projects are cost-shared on a 3:1 basis. For more information go to www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/CIDAWEB/acdicida.nsf/En/DOM-125153243-S4H.

  5. Call for Nominations: The Canadian Society for International Health holds elections every two years for CSIH members to serve on the Board of Directors. Persons nominated should be prepared to serve on the Board for a two-year term. Positions to be filled this year are two regular members and the student representative. Completed nomination forms must be received no later than 5:00pm EDT, Friday October 5, 2007. For more information call (613) 241-5785 or e-mail ljibson@csih.org.

  6. Effectiveness and Advocacy: "How do you know if you're effective in your work?" This is a question few organizations have the time or resources to examine. Through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Dr. Maureen Wilson and Dr. Elizabeth Whitmore of Carleton University are developing indicators of success in collaboration with organizations doing advocacy on social justice issues. The process includes interviews, workshops and a national symposium. There is no cost to the participating organizations. Organizations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ottawa and Toronto are specifically encouraged to participate. For more information contact Dr. Elizabeth Whitmore at Elizabeth_whitmore@carleton.ca.
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