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May 2, 2008

HEADLINES

  1. CIDA Policy Directions in its Part III Estimates: Plans and Priorities for 2008/09: CCIC has prepared an analysis of CIDA's "Part III Estimates: Plans and Priorities for 2008/09" released in April. The CIDA report suggests that Canada's aid programs may be more closely aligned with current Canadian foreign policy priorities. Further details on CIDA's priority focus countries were also provided but, unfortunately, unlike previous "Plans and Priorities", this year's report gave almost no details on the components of the International Assistance Envelope, which had included indicative figures for the various Branches of CIDA. CCIC's analysis of the "Part III Estimates: Plans and Priorities" is available at www.ccic.ca/e/docs/002_aid_2008-04_cida_estimates_2008-09.pdf .

  2. The Advisory Group on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness Synthesis Report: The Advisory Group on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness (AG) was created in January 2007 by the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness, based at the OECD DAC, to propose ways to strengthen the role and voice of civil society as development actors. Its mandate includes an assessment of the contributions of civil society to enriching the implementation of the Paris Declaration and suggestions for how donors, developing country governments and civil society can strengthen civil society aid effectiveness. CIDA chairs the Advisory Group and CCIC is a member. The AG's "Synthesis and Recommendations" will inform consultations and preparations by donors, governments and civil society leading to the September High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Ghana. The recommendations will also be an important reference for dialogue with CIDA on its civil society policies and considerations. The Synthesis report is available at www.ccic.ca/e/docs/002_aid_2008-04-16_ag_synthesis_and_recs.pdf.

  3. Report from International Forum on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness: The final Report of the International Forum on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness, which was facilitated by CCIC, is now available on CCIC web site at www.ccic.ca/e/docs/002_aid_2008-04_intl_forum_report.pdf. More than 200 representatives from 66 donor and developing country governments and civil society, North and South, met in Gatineau, Quebec, in February. The participants engaged in an in-depth dialogue on strengthening the role and voice of civil society as development actors and in improving the effectiveness of aid. Proposals from the International Forum used the Forum sponsor, the Advisory Group on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness (see previous item).

  4. Gender Equality: Is your organization proud of the progress it has made over the last decade in terms of gender equality? Do you consider yourselves to be an example of good practice? Or are you stalled at the commitment level with little practice to show for it? Do you grapple with this issue and wonder why others are managing to succeed? Share your experiences and explore this issue with other CCIC members during the two remaining focus groups of the CCIC project "Gender Equality - Promise to Practice: A study of the progress toward gender equality of CCIC members". Don't miss out on ensuring your organizational voice is heard. To participate in a focus group (Ottawa: May 13, and Toronto: May 15 both locations from 1:30 - 4:00) contact Ronna Mogelon at ronna@mogelon.com.

UPCOMING EVENTS

  1. Indigenous Rights and Mining: Indigenous people from Australia, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and Chile are struggling to protect their rights in the face of major Barrick Gold mining projects. Representatives from these countries will be in Canada in May to call on the Canadian government to implement mandatory environmental and human rights standards for Canadian companies operating abroad. They will also call on the government to, minimally, implement the recommendations from a March 2007 report coming out of the Corporate Social Responsibility Roundtable process. Events are planned for Toronto:
    May 3 to 9, Ottawa: May 12 to 14 and Montreal: May 16 to 20. For more information contact Catherine Coumans of MiningWatch Canada at (613) 569-3439 or email catherine@miningwatch.ca.

  2. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Governance and Management Course: The School of Public Policy and Administration and the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development are offering a graduate executive-style summer course at Carleton University in Ottawa from June 12 to 20. This graduate course is offered in a seven-day, training format. It will explore key issues facing the non-profit and voluntary sector in Canada. This course is for graduate students, managers and practitioners in non-profit and voluntary organizations, members of non-profit boards and committees, policy-makers, funders, regulators, consultants and researchers. Registration can be for a credit course (tuition plus $150) or for professional development ($1200). For more information, contact admin@cvsrd.org.
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