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May 16, 2008


  1. Development NGOs Applaud Passing of Foreign Aid Bill: Members of Parliament, of all political stripes, are to be commended for unanimously passing Bill C-293 last week. Bill C-293, also known as the "better aid bill", makes ending poverty the exclusive goal of Canadian foreign aid. "The Conservatives, Liberals, Bloc Québecois and New Democrats were all on side for this Bill," said Gerry Barr, President and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation. "What we've seen here is the putting aside of partisanship to ensure that ending global poverty is given the attention and support it deserves." Canada's foreign aid must now focus on poverty reduction, take into account the priorities of the people living in poverty and be consistent with Canada's international human rights obligations. Bill C-293 also makes Canada's aid spending more accountable and transparent.

  2. Comments on First Draft of Accra Agenda for Action Due: The first draft of the Accra Agenda for Action is available for comment by CSOs up to May 27. A revised draft will then be prepared and released in mid-June. The draft Accra Agenda for Action is available in English at On the page devoted to the Accra Agenda for Action on the side margin is a link to a response form. Alternatively comments can be e-mailed directly to the High Level Forum Secretariat at Copy any comments to Brian Tomlinson at CCIC ( A French version of the draft Accra Agenda for Action is available on request from CCIC by e-mailing

  3. Information Technology for Capacity Building: CCIC is looking at possible uses of information technologies (I.T.) to build the capacity of public engagement practitioners in the membership. The public engagement section of CCIC's website is also being restructured. A short survey (5 to 10 minutes to fill out) is on-line at Those working in public engagement are encouraged to respond to the survey and help CCIC get a better sense of members' I.T. needs and preferences. For more information, contact Karine Girard at (613) 241-7007 ext. 339 or at

  4. Consultation on Canada Revenue Agency Fundraising Policy: The Charities Directorate of the Canada Revenue Agency is accepting comments, until June 30, on a proposed policy on fundraising by registered charities. A summary document is available at The document sets out the reporting guidelines for fundraising expenses and the process and considerations for determining whether a registered charity's fundraising is acceptable.


  1. Afghanistan: A Study on the Prospects for Peace Now Available On-line: In January and February 2008, CCIC's Peace and Conflict Policy Analyst, Surendrini Wijeyaratne, undertook interviews in Afghanistan on perspectives on peace. Findings show that a number of nascent peace efforts are, in fact, already underway. These peace efforts, however, are disconnected and lack support from the international community. The report calls on the international community to support peace efforts. This research was undertaken through the Walter and Duncan Gordon Foundation Global Policy Fellowship. The report Afghanistan: A Study on Prospects for Peace is now available at


  1. Accra Registration Deadline - June 15: The registration deadline for both the Accra High Level Forum and the CSO Parallel Forum on Aid Effectiveness is June 15. CSOs from around the world will be gathering in Accra for the two-day CSO Parallel Forum on August 30 and September 1, just preceding the multi-stakeholder High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. The Parallel Forum is being coordinated by a Ghana CSO Facilitating Group working with the CSO (North/South) International Steering Group (ISG). The Parallel Forum (agenda still to be finalized) will cover a wide range of CSO concerns relating to the implementation of the Paris Declaration. The CSO Forum will prepare a statement for the Ministerial session of the High Level Forum. Registration forms, for both the Parallel Forum and High Level Forum, are available on the ISG web site at There are only 80 CSO delegate spots available for the Accra High Level Forum. These delegates will be selected by the International Steering Group based on already established criteria.

  2. Peace and Development - an Afghan Perspective: Mirwais Wardak of the Afghan NGO, Co-operation for Peace and Unity in Afghanistan will be in Canada in May and public talks are scheduled for Montreal and Ottawa. In Montreal, Mirwais Wardak will give a first-hand account of his experience in development and conflict resolution at community levels, focussing on the role of civil society and governments in creating a lasting peace for Afghans. The talk, sponsored by Development and Peace and Oxfam Quebec will take place at Centre 7400, 7400 boulevard Saint-Laurent on May 22 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sonia Lebesgue of Development and Peace at In Ottawa, CCIC and the Canadian Institute for Conflict Resolution will host a public talk on "Building Peace in Afghanistan". Mirwais Wardak will be joined by Ernie Regehr of Project Ploughshares, and Surendrini Wijeyaratne of CCIC. The Ottawa talk is on Monday May 26 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul's University Amphitheatre. For more details, contact Surendrini Wijeyaratne at

  3. Youth Engagement and Technology - Live Webcast: CCIC members are invited to a live webcast "Strategic Use of Information Technologies for Youth Engagement". The webcast will take place on June 5, from 2:00 to 3:30 PM (eastern time). Make Poverty History public engagement coordinator, Alejandro Gomez, will address the basics of strategic planning for youth engagement. The webcast will also highlight good practices for the successful use of technology. Join the webcast from the comfort of your office and question the presenters via the web. The webcast is bilingual (French and English) with no interpretation available. There is no cost to participate but registration by June 2 is required and spaces are limited. To register, contact Joanne Vézina at (613) 241-7007 ext. 336 or

  4. Registered Charity Information Return Learning Session: Charities File, a pan-Canadian project funded by the Canada Revenue Agency and administered by the Centre for Voluntary Sector Research and Development in partnership with the Canadian Federation of Voluntary Sector Networks, is offering telephone learning sessions to registered charities. Charities File aims to increase awareness and capacity of registered charities to file complete and accurate T3010As.The telephone learning sessions last approximately 2 hours. There are no registration or long distance fees associated with the sessions. Each session will cover either "Training and Resources to Complete the T3010A" or "Ten Practices for Managing your Charitable Status". For more information visit
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