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December 7, 2007


  1. Re-orient Afghan Mission to emphasize peace and development, Canadian CSOs Tell Manley Panel: Canada should make peace-building and sustainable development its top priorities in Afghanistan. That's the message of the Afghanistan Reference Group (ARG), a network of CSOs with involvement in Afghanistan, to the Independent Panel on Canada's Future Role in Afghanistan, chaired by John Manley. In three joint submissions (on Human Rights, Gender Equality; Governance, Security and Peace; and, Humanitarian Assistance and Development) the ARG calls on the Panel to go beyond the military options set out for it by the government, to embrace a non-military perspective on Canada's role in Afghanistan. They emphasize the importance of better development, more diplomacy and the separation of the military from the humanitarian and development efforts. They also present concrete suggestions for what Canada can do to help bring about a negotiated and lasting peace in Afghanistan. For more information, contact Stefan Lehmeier at CCIC has also made its own submission to the Panel. You can access it at:

  2. Where is Africa in Canada's Development Agenda? - New Briefing Note From CCIC's Africa Canada Forum: Prime Minister Harper stressed Canada's re-engagement in the Americas at the Council on Foreign Relations in September. The America's strategy would be based on advancing security, prosperity and democracy in the hemisphere. The government presents development and security as two faces of the same coin. This helps explain Canada's deep military involvement in Afghanistan, its role in fragile states such as Haiti, and its focus on international trade and investment in the Americas. The Throne Speech added that "Canada's leadership in the world will be guided by our shared values of democracy, freedom, human rights and the rule of law." Notable in this new foreign policy agenda - elaborated with no consultations of any kind - is the absence of any mention of Africa. Canadian civil society is deeply concerned about the meaning of this silence and its implications for Canada's commitment to Africa's development. CIDA and Foreign Affairs officials say privately that this shift does not mean that Canada is abandoning Africa. It is also worrisome that information on Africa on CIDA's and Foreign Affairs' web pages, is no longer visible. This briefing note makes the case for reaffirming Canada's commitment to poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa and increasing support to that end in line with increases in the International Assistance Envelope. An aid strategy targeting poverty reduction and the advancement of human rights, and cognizant of Canada's commitment to the Millennium Development Goals, demands nothing less. For the full briefing note go to

  3. International CSOs Draft Brief on Paris Declaration and Aid Effectiveness: International CSOs are developing common perspectives on aid effectiveness and planning a parallel CSO Forum to take place at the time of the Accra High Level Forum (HLF) in September, 2008. The Accra HLF will review progress in implementing the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and approve the Accra Agenda for Action (AAA), a work plan for the next two years and beyond. CSOs were not involved in the negotiation of the Paris Declaration, nor were their roles in development considered. To address that omission, international CSOs are attempting to inject a CSO perspective into both the AAA and, ultimately, any agreement that succeeds the Paris Declaration in 2010. They have established an International Steering Committee to organize the parallel event and prepare a draft policy brief on key CSO issues related to the Paris Declaration and aid effectiveness. For a copy of the draft brief see For details of preparations for the parallel forum visit

  4. CCIC Leadership Forum/National Consultation, January 17 & 18, 2008: CCIC is inviting the Executive Directors and Chairs of the Boards of its member organizations to its 2008 Leadership Forum/Canadian Consultation (CC) on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness. At this event, Canadian CSOs will develop their contribution to an international consultative process on issues of civil society and aid effectiveness. The consultative process is leading up to the September 2008 High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Accra, Ghana, where progress in the implementation of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness will be reviewed. At the Leadership Forum/Canadian Consultation, CSOs will have the opportunity to examine and propose ways forward on aid effectiveness issues and challenges facing CIDA and its civil society partners, and to learn from leading edge concepts and practice. The first day will be a CSOs-only session. The second day will involve representatives of CIDA and Canadian CSOs. The draft agenda and registration forms were sent to invited organizations on November 29, 2007. Please register before January 4th 2008.

  5. CCIC disputes Senlis Council proposal to use aid as combat weapon: Gerry Barr, CEO/President of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation, and Kevin McCort, Interim CEO of CARE Canada, take issue with a recent report by the Senlis Council on NATO`s (and Canada`s) policies in Afghanistan in a commentary published in Embassy Magazine. They find particularly disturbing and dangerous the suggestion that aid and development work should be further militarized. There is a substantial consensus among Canadian civil society organizations involved with Afghanistan to the effect that this is precisely the opposite of what is needed. The militarization of aid and development work is already significant and is a major cause of the growing insecurity for Afghans and aid workers. The commentary, "Aid as a Combat Tool? A Very Bad Idea", will soon be available on the CCIC website. For a copy in English, contact Peter Puxley:

  6. Climate change threatens unprecedented human development reversals - UN Human Development Report 2007-2008: As governments discuss the future of the Kyoto Protocol in Bali, the UN Development Programme's Human Development Report warns the development impact of climate change could bring unprecedented reversals in poverty reduction, nutrition, health and education. The report, "Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world", provides a stark account of the threat posed by global warming. It argues that the world is drifting towards a "tipping point" that could lock the world's poorest countries and their poorest citizens in a downward spiral, leaving hundreds of millions facing malnutrition, water scarcity, ecological threats, and a loss of livelihoods. Rich countries must provide some $86 billion by 2015 to help the world's poor adapt to global warming, the report says. Without the money, a warmer world "could stall and then reverse human development" in the countries where some 2.6 billion people live on $2 a day or less. For the full report:

  7. Grassroots and CSOs to develop a People's Protocol on Climate Change in parallel with Bali: While dignitaries from over 180 countries gather at the Bali International Convention Center (BICC) to design the Bali roadmap on climate change, people from the grassroots and civil society are also gathering in a forest conservation area in Sumber Klampok, a four-hour drive from the BICC, to come up with their own roadmap for a stable climate. The People's Protocol on Climate Change will stress a sustainable economic framework and people's sovereignty over natural resources. Participants will seek inclusion of the Protocol in the post-2012 climate change plan emerging from the Bali conference. The people's conference is organized by the IBON Foundation Inc, the International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID), Aid/Watch and the International League of People's Struggles- Indonesia. The People's Protocol on Climate Change will be endorsed at a nationally coordinated people's actions in 14 cities in Java, Sumatra, Sulawesi and Kalimantan on December 10th, International Human Rights day. People from all over the world are also encouraged to adopt the People's Protocol through sign-ons and other campaign actions. The endorsed People's Protocol on Climate Change will be submitted to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. For more info, contact Ava Danlog at IBON is a Philippine think-tank focusing on socio-economic issues -

  8. Film Screening: "Undermined: Communities, Consultation and Corporate Accountability in Guyana": The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) helped to fund the production of this short video by two first-time filmmakers from Ottawa. The 35-minute documentary profiles the perspectives of eight Amerindians from Guyana, South America, about issues relating to mining-in particular, the issue of community consultation and the activities of Canadian mining companies operating in the country's interior, where numerous land claims remain unresolved. The Ottawa premiere of the documentary will take place at the National Library & Archives on January 9th, 2008 from 7.00-9.00 pm. The screening will be followed by presentations from invited speakers and a public discussion on topics related to the film. Admission is free. For more information, please contact Emily Wilson or Brent Parker at or check the website for news and updates at
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