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2017


An Opportunity for Leadership: An Assessment of Canada’s Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance

On September 27, 2017, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, launched the Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance. The Policy outlines the government’s approach to partnering with and supporting a strong civil society – in Canada and globally. The Policy comes at a time when space for civil society is increasingly closing. In the context of Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), this Policy marks a number of positive steps forward and offers Canada an opportunity to play a leadership role in strengthening the enabling environment for civil society in Canada and overseas.
October 2017


Implementing Canadian Ambitions: Supporting Global Development in Budget 2018

This brief outlines some priority opportunities where Budget 2018 can make meaningful contributions to Canadian and global objectives in global development and humanitarian assistance – working in collaboration with partners to implement Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy and improve the effectiveness of Canada’s development cooperation. The brief touches upon five areas where Canada can do this: through a ten-year timetable for increasing Canadian ODA; a strong focus on the poorest and most marginalized, in particular women and girls; a humanitarian response commensurate with growing needs; a commitment to new and additional climate finance; and greater transparency over spending.
October 2017



Bringing Canadian Civil Society Together: Around the Sustainable Development Goals

The National Conversation on Canada and the SDGs was a day-long meeting hosted in Ottawa on June 27 by the Canadian Council for International Co-Operation (CCIC) and Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), along with a number of co-convenors. The event brought together national and provincial civil society networks to discuss the United Nation’s agenda around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how it might be used as a unifying framework to align community-building efforts within Canada.
September 2017



Submission to Global Affairs Canada Consultation on the Revised Civil Society Partnership Policy

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) welcomes Global Affairs Canada’s (GAC) re-engagement with the International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Civil Society Partnership Policy or the Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance Policy, as it has been renamed. The recommendations focus on five areas where CCIC believes the draft revised Policy can be improved, namely:

1. Establishing the creation of an enabling environment for civil society as a principal goal of the Policy.
2. Explicitly incorporating the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness and the Humanitarian Principles.
3. Including specific commitments to foster an enabling environment for civil society.
4. Ensuring cohesion among the goal, objectives, and actions of the Policy, as well as between the Policy and other relevant national and international policy commitments, while respecting other priorities identified by civil society.
5. Integrating civil society as an equal partner in all stages of the Policy’s implementation.

September 2017



Improving our Collaborations for Better Development Outcomes. A Short Summary of a CCIC-CASID Literature Review.

In January 2017 the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID), launched the “Next Generation: Collaboration for Development” program. It seeks to address various aspects of academic/practitioner collaborations in development and ways to strengthen these collaborations. The objectives of this literature review were to identify what has been written of development-related academic/practitioner collaboration in Canada and what key themes and trends emerge from this literature.

September 2017



Reviewing Canada’s New Feminist International Assistance Policy

Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) was released by Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau on June 9, 2017. This policy paper provides a short overview of the key elements in the new FIAP; it situates the policy within the broader context of the foreign policy statement and the new defense policy; and it analyses the new FIAP, including against CCIC’s formal submission to the International Assistance Review (IAR).

August 2017



Maximizing Development Impact of Canada's DFI

A policy paper on how Canada can draw on international best practice as it shapes its new Development Finance Institution

July 2017



MOVING OUR COMMON AGENDA FORWARD: International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Priorities for the New Government

A Progress Report from Civil Society—One Year On

March 2017

In January 2016, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) produced a brief for the Minister of International Development entitled Moving Our Common Agenda Forward: International development and humanitarian assistance priorities for the new government. The brief focused on five international development and humanitarian assistance challenges and policy areas that Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) have prioritized in recent years. The brief provided a short background on each issue and identified where the government has made progress and where there are still gaps. Finally, the brief made concrete proposals of what Global Affairs Canada (GAC), in collaboration with civil society, could do to move this important agenda forward. The brief included specific proposals for action in both the first hundred days and the first year of the government’s mandate.

One year on, this report specifically assesses progress in the areas and actions identified in CCIC’s brief – areas and actions that are priorities for the CSO community in Canada – by indicating whether the government has fully acted, partially acted, or not acted with respect to each item proposed. It should be noted that this review is based on publicly available information


Budget brief 2017: Bringing Canada Back In Global Development
(PDF)
Official Development Assistance (ODA) is one essential way in which Canada contributes to building a better world. This brief outlines some priority opportunities where Budget 2017 can make meaningful and practical contributions to Canadian and global objectives in the areas of global development and humanitarian assistance – working in collaboration with all development actors to improve the effectiveness of Canada’s development cooperation. This brief touches upon five areas where we can do this: through a ten-year timetable for increasing our ODA; greater transparency over spending; a strong focus on the poorest and most marginalized, in particular women and girls; a humanitarian response commensurate with growing needs; and a commitment to new and additional climate finance.

 

2016


Modern Charities, Ancient Rules: Public Policy Activities and Canada's Global Development Sector
Submission to the Canada Revenue Agency's Consultation on Charities’ Political Activities (PDF, 2.66 MB)
CCIC member organizations have been working together for many years to address charity regulation issues affecting the sector. Charity regulation reform and clarification have been identified by its membership as a priority to improve the enabling environment for Canadian organizations working to end global poverty and promote sustainable human development. CCIC frequently organizes workshops for members with charity law experts and has an active CRA Reference Group of member organizations dedicated to examining the legal framework for the sector. CCIC is also an active participant in other umbrella groups and coalitions that work collectively on issues of the legal and regulatory framework for the Canadian non-profit and charitable sector.

To further inform this submission, CCIC conducted two national surveys of international development and humanitarian assistance organizations in September 2016 and October 2016 to gather knowledge and views on (a) the rules related to charities’ ‘direction and control’ requirements and (b) ‘political activities’ respectively.

In Our Words: Discourse Analysis of Submissions to the International Assistance Review
(PDF, 1.6 MB)
This discourse analysis identifies key areas of emphasis, as well as convergence and divergence, in the CCIC submission, GAC’s discussion paper, and the collective submissions by the broader community. The convergences and divergences constitute the basis for more in-depth analysis of the submissions – with the areas of convergence signaling areas where CCIC should continue its advocacy, and areas of divergence as areas where CCIC could further develop its policy analysis and advocacy.

Istanbul +5 The Current State of CSO Development Effectiveness, Enabling Environment and Accountability in Canada
(PDF, 1.2 MG)
Five years following the international commitment to the Istanbul Principles and the accompanying Busan framework, there is a need to evaluate the current state of CSO development effectiveness in distinct national contexts.

This chapter reports on the progress made in Canada on the adoption of the Istanbul Principles and on the strengthening of CSO development effectiveness. The chapter is divided into the six sections: (1) the Canadian political environment; (2) a typology of the roles and responsibilities of CSOs in Canada; (3) an overview of the current Canadian enabling environment; (4) efforts to promote and implement the Istanbul Principles in Canada; (5) mechanisms for CSO accountability and transparency; and (6) recommendations to the government, civil society actors, and CPDE actions.


Developing an Enabling Environment for Public Engagement in Canada:
A Global Affairs Canada-Civil Society Partnership in the Making

(PDF, 528KB)
This discussion paper was commissioned by CCIC in 2014, as part of the mandate of the Ad Hoc Public Engagement Working Group. The document reflects on what Public Engagement is, and what conditions are needed for effective CSO-Global Affairs collaboration, makes concrete proposals, suggests guiding principles, and provides examples of what good Public Engagement is all about, based on the experience of Canadian CSOs that have been doing it for decades.


Cooperative Leadership
Canada's contribution to a fairer, more sustainable, and safer world
- (PDF 1.3MB)
Brief - (PDF 888kb)
July 2016
This submission is informed by the policy work undertaken by CCIC in recent years, as well as by the many inputs developed and received around the International Assistance Review consultation process. CCIC's staff participated in eight high-level and one working-level consultations hosted by Global Affairs Canada. In addition, CCIC organized eight roundtables, including three roundtables solely for Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors (representing 40 organizations) on Delivering Results, and an expert roundtable on Innovation co-organized with Grand Challenges Canada. CCIC staff also participated in 12 roundtable consultations organized by CCIC members. During the review process, CCIC provided over 20 summaries and analysis documents of the consultations for our organizational members, which many of them used to inform their own submissions.


Trends around Global Affairs Canada funding for civil society
(PDF 907KB)
June 2016
This provides a set of slides looking at trends around GAC funding for both foreign and Canadian civil society organizations over the past decade, identifying ten key findings.


TOWARDS A NEW CANADIAN VISION FOR GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION: Brief Analysis of the Process and Discussion Paper for Global Affairs Canada’s International Assistance Review (IAR)
(PDF 392KB)
June 2016
The current Canadian International Assistance Review (IAR) is an opportunity to craft a new vision for how Canada engages in global development cooperation as the world finds itself at a critical juncture. This brief assesses the process and discussion paper for the IAR, highlights positive developments, and identifies key areas that require further attention.



FOCUS WITH PURPOSE

Submission to House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Study on Countries of Focus
May 2016 (PDF 402 KB)
Countries of focus represent one tool by which Canada focuses its international assistance. This brief outlines some core issues for the committee and government to consider in assessing and evaluating the countries of focus model, as well as Canada’s current countries of focus. These issues are presented through ten concrete recommendations addressing the context, process, and substance of Canada’s international assistance through the countries of focus model.

SMART, TRANSPARENT, AND IMPACTFUL AID: Submission to Consultations on Budget 2016
February 2016 (PDF 393 KB)
Official Development Assistance (ODA or aid) is one essential way in which Canada contributes to building a better world. This brief outlines some priority opportunities where Budget 2016 can make meaningful and practical contributions to Canadian and global objectives in the areas of international development and humanitarian assistance – working in collaboration with all development actors to improve the effectiveness of Canada’s development cooperation. This brief touches upon five areas where we can do this: through a ten-year timetable for increasing our ODA; greater transparency over spending; a strong focus on the poorest and most marginalized, in particular women; a humanitarian response commensurate with growing needs; and a commitment to new and additional climate finance.


Transforming our world: Canadian perspectives on the Sustainable Development Goals

January 2016 (PDF 2.27 MB)
This publication is the result of an initial collaboration between the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP). The idea began as a short series of blogs to be published through the CIDP ahead of the High-Level United Nations summit for the adoption of the post 2015 development agenda, held from September 25-27, 2015. It quickly transformed into a more comprehensive series of blogs, led by CCIC, through the Huffington Post’s Development Unplugged. Given the popularity of the Huffington Post series, CCIC assembled the full set of articles from the series into a French and English publication, with four additional articles unique to the publication, respectively providing a child, youth, indigenous, and disability perspective on the SDGs, as well as a guide for University and College Professors to use the publication or individual articles to animate class discussions. Many of the entries, in particular the opening overview, have been updated for this publication to better reflect any developments since they were first published.


MOVING OUR COMMON AGENDA FORWARD: International development and humanitarian assistance priorities for the new government

January 2016 (PDF 585 KB)
This brief focuses on some of the priority international development and humanitarian assistance challenges and policy areas that Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) have been addressing over the past few years. It provides a short background on each issue, and identifies where we have made progress and where there are still gaps. Finally, it puts forward concrete proposals of what Global Affairs Canada (GAC), in collaboration with CSOs, can do to move this agenda forward – five proposals for the first hundred days and five proposals for the first year. CCIC believes these proposals will further enhance the capacity of CSOs to realize their full potential as independent development actors in their own right. Establishing a new strategic partnership between GAC and CCIC would help support the implementation of this agenda.

Update on Canadian Official Development Assistance: Time for Canadian aid to really bounce back
January 2016 (PDF 447 KB)
This brief provides an update on Canada’s aid spending across two different measures: the international assistance envelope (IAE) and official development assistance (ODA). While Canadian ODA or aid has taken a big hit in recent years, it would appear that overall Canadian aid or ODA has bounced back from $4.86 billion in 2013-14 to $5.67 billion in 2014-15. But a closer look at what has ushered in this sharp rise tells a different story. This brief looks at these numbers and reiterates the need for a real and predictable increase to Canadian aid.


2015

Review of the Overhead Compensation Policy for DFATD contribution agreements: A civil society perspective
December 2015 (PDF 461 KB)
This is the brief submitted by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) as part of the review of the Overhead Compensation Policy for the department’s contribution agreements (from February 2008). DFATD presented the parameters of this review to its partners at an official consultation in May 2015. The objectives are to arrive at a clear, simple and concise policy that optimizes government investment; to ensure the appropriateness of compensation for overhead costs; to identify cost drivers in order to determine whether the rate of 12% is equitable; and to clarify certain points (such as the distinction between direct and indirect costs as well as concepts such as flow-through funds, construction costs and volume purchases). Following this meeting, CCIC decided to conduct a survey with its members and other civil society organizations and to prepare this brief. 75 different organizations participated in this survey.

Report on Survey Sent to Parties
October 2015 (PDF 349 KB)
With the upcoming federal election, we wanted to hear from our leaders how they plan to tackle poverty and inequality, at home and abroad. We also wanted to know how they will work to implement the new sustainable development goals, or global goals as they are being called, that were adopted at the United Nations on September 25 by 160 governments and heads of state. A questionnaire was sent to leaders of the five main federal political parties on September 18th. Four parties responded, with the exception of the Conservative Party.

DFATD’s International Development and Humanitarian Civil Society Partnership Policy: Milestones to Measure Progress
August 2015 (PDF 701 KB)
In February 2015, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) released the International Development and Humanitarian Civil Society Partnership Policy. It articulates nine objectives and actions it will pursue to support the work of civil society organizations (CSOs) in advancing Canadian development and humanitarian priorities. The government has committed to reviewing the policy’s implementation on an annual basis with civil society. This brief lays out a set of milestones and indicators, from a civil society perspective, to measure progress in implementing the policy in the first five years after its adoption.


The Post-2015 Development Framework: International Process and Canadian Priorities (version 4)

June 2015 (PDF 745 KB)
As the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, United Nations’ member states, civil society, and the private sector worldwide are engaging in discussions to propose a new sustainable development framework to succeed the MDGs in 2015. This paper looks at:        
1. the process to date,
2. the current state of play towards developing a post-2015 framework, including how it will be financed, and
3. Canadian priorities for post-2015.


CCIC Submission to “Request for Feedback” on Government of Canada’s Priorities for Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda

May 2015 (PDF 542 KB)

Achieving Impact Where it Matters: A Joint Statement by Civil Society Coalitions on the Implementation of the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction
March 2015 (PDF 467 KB)
The Hyogo Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA) has provided critical guidance to reduce disaster risk. Its implementation has, however, highlighted gaps in addressing the underlying risk factors and effectively safeguarding communities. Evidence at the local level indicates that impacts are increasing. This is due to policies and plans not adequately addressing the reality on the ground. In particular, this includes the constant threat of small-scale, recurrent, localized disasters. However, these disasters are largely unacknowledged and unrecorded, leaving communities to fend for themselves.  In order to build on the successes of the HFA and address its shortcomings, the Post-2015 Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Framework must work to address reality at the local level. The new framework calls for actors to identify their roles in implementation.

The Post-2015 Development Framework: International Process and Canadian Priorities (version 3)
February 2015 (PDF 651 KB)
As the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, United Nations’ member states, civil society, and the private sector worldwide are engaging in discussions to propose a new sustainable development framework to succeed the MDGs in 2015. This paper looks at 1. the process to date, 2. the current state of play towards developing a post-2015 framework, and 3. Canadian priorities for post-2015.

The coalition landscape: A mapping and analysis of current priorities, key issues, gaps and areas of overlap, and implications for Canadian international development and humanitarian coalitions
January 2015 (PDF 1.10 MB)
What value can working in coalition bring to your work? What coalitions actually exist in Canada? What international issues are they focusing on? Last month, CCIC launched, “The Coalition Landscape” that profiles the landscape of 28 coalitions operating in Canada, providing an assessment of their changing memberships, mandates, governance structures, who they are collaborating with, how they are funded, and what issues they are looking to address in the future. Executive Summary (PDF 694 KB) / Appendices (PDF 1 MB)


2014


The Post-2015 Development Framework: International Process and Canadian Priorities (version 2)

August 2014 (PDF 761 KB)
As the deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, United Nations’ member states, civil society, and the private sector worldwide are engaging in discussions to propose a new sustainable development framework to succeed the MDGs in 2015. This paper looks at the process to date, the current state of play towards developing a post-2015 framework, and Canadian priorities for post-2015.

Submission on the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Draft Civil Society Partnership Policy
August 2014 (PDF 668 KB)
CCIC's response to DFATD’s Draft Civil Society Partnership Policy.

Establishing an enabling environment for civil society organizations in Canada. Key issues affecting Canadian international development and humanitarian organizations
June 2014 (PDF 2.5 MB)
In collaboration with the Inter-Council Network

Integrating HRBA and Equitable Partnerships into Development Programming: Operationalizing the Istanbul Principles 
A Practical Guide to Help Facilitators Run Participatory Workshops and a Resource Manual for Participants
March 2014

Leveraging the Private Sector? An overview and analysis of how Canadian international development organizations are engaging the private sector through advocacy, dialogue, promotion and partnership
March 2014 (PDF 1.8 MB)
Over the past several years, the role of the private sector in development, particularly how these actors can address global development challenges, has garnered increased attention. As a result, donors and many civil society organizations (CSOs) are considering how to engage the private sector to achieve various development objectives. In anticipation of what this latter trend may mean for the future of the international development CSO community in Canada, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) launched a research project in 2013 to explore how Canadian CSOs are engaging the private sector. To capture this information, CCIC canvassed members of the CSO community. Drawing on the results of a comprehensive survey, this report provides a broad overview or map of how the 62 CSOs who responded to the survey are currently engaging the private sector, what the key dynamics are of this engagement, and what organizations are planning to do in the future. An Executive Summary (PDF 894 KB) of the report is also available.


2013


Consultation on CSR strategy for the extractive sector

December 2013 (PDF 197 KB)
CCIC responded to the government’s invitation to submit inputs to its process of assessing the CSR strategy for the extractive sector, adopted in 2009. The document formulates four key recommendations.


Strength in Numbers: Metrics on the international development community in Canada

November 2013 (PDF 637 KB)
In response to some work that Imagine Canada has done around defining several metrics for the charitable sector in Canada, and to support the work that we are doing on developing a new narrative for our sector, this report was commissioned to identify some key metrics for the development and humanitarian community - different numbers that give a better sense of who we are. It was felt that this information could help demonstrate the importance of the international development community in Canada and revamp the way we talk with the public about ourselves and our work.

Two years on from Busan: Looking back, looking forward
October 2013 (PDF 749 KB)
An analysis of a survey on the implementation of the Istanbul Principles, Human Rights-Based Approaches to development and equitable partnership, and the Enabling Environment

Creating the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development: Benchmarks for more Effective and Coherent International Development and Humanitarian Assistance
April 2013 (PDF 758 KB)


Analysis of Budget 2013

March 2013 (PDF 693 KB)
In collaboration with Aid Watch Canada

Investing in the Business of Development: Bilateral Donor Approaches to Engaging the Private Sector
January 2013 (PDF 4.95 MB)
In collaboration with the North-South Institute

This is a new paper published by The North-South Institute and CCIC. Over the past few years, members of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee (OECDDAC)—the forum through which donor countries coordinate their aid efforts—have renewed their focus on economic growth and the private sector as driving forces behind development. Despite these trends, donor policies for promoting economic growth and the private sector have received very little comparative analysis. This paper seeks to address that gap with an initial mapping and exploratory assessment of bilateral donor strategies on the private sector and economic growth. The paper is based on an examination of publicly available OECD-DAC donor policies reviewed between January and June of 2012, including websites, strategy papers, policy documents, and donor commitments at HLF4 and in other multilateral fora. Taking a framework analysis approach, the objective of the paper is to identify emerging themes in donor policies around growth and the private sector by comparing and contrasting different elements of donors’ strategies. A shorter version (PDF 884 KB) is also available, as well as a Power Point presentation.


2012


Comments on the Report of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development

November 2012 (PDF 902 KB)
On November 7, 2012, the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (FAAE) tabled its report on the role of the private sector in achieving Canada’s international development mandate, following a series of hearings the Committee held to study the theme over the past year. Entitled “Driving inclusive economic growth: the role of the private sector in international development”, the report provides a summary of the range of views that were presented at the hearings, and a series of recommendations to the Canadian government, and more specifically to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).  This brief analysis of the report aims to identify the gaps in the report and some of the areas that require more attention and reflection, and also addresses some of the recommendations the Report makes to CIDA.


Practitioners Activity Guide, Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness

August 2012 (PDF 8.7 MB)
In collaboration with the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness
The aim of this new resource is to train CSO practitioners to transmit the concepts and collective experience behind the International Framework and the accompanying toolkits, and to help CSOs take those first conceptual and planning steps on the path to improving their effectiveness.

Analysis of Budget 2012
June 2012 | Revised July 2012 (PDF 530 KB)


OECD Peer Review 2012 of Canada – Overview of Issues Raised, Recommendations made, and CCIC Analysis

June 2012 (PDF 1.16 MB)

Commentary on the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development
May 2012 (PDF 90 KB)
In early May 2012, CCIC was invited to submit comments to CIDA to “help define thefocus and activities of the International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development leading to a call for proposals to choose a Canadian university to host the Institute”. While welcoming the opportunity to contribute comments to the process, CCIC requested that a formal multi-stakeholder consultation process, with more directed questions and with a clear mechanism for recommendations to be considered in the final design of the Institute, be included in the start-up phase of this endeavor.

Dialogue on Development and the Mining Sector
May 2012 (PDF 243 KB)
On May 22, 2012, CCIC convened a dialogue of 20 people from 14 organizations on the mining sector and development focusing on NGO partnerships and engagement with mining companies. The group identified some common starting points, which are explained in this one-pager.

Putting Partnership back at the Heart of Development: Canadian Civil Society Experience with CIDA's Call-for- Proposal Mechanism, Partnerships with Canadians Branch
March 2012 (PDF 1.75 MB)
In collaboration with the Inter-Council Network

Report - Provincial Council Workshops on implementing the Istanbul Principles
February 2012 (PDF 465 KB)
In collaboration with BCCIC, ACGC, SCIC, MCIC
In the winter of 2012, CCIC was invited by a number of Provincial Councils to run some workshops with their members on implementing the Istanbul Principles.

Report on Key Findings from CCIC learning conference on CIDA's Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy
January 2012 (PDF 577KB)

 

2011


The elusive quest for pro-poor growth? An analysis of CIDA’s Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy

December 2011 (PDF 1.34 MB)
In collaboration with Aid Watch Canada

Putting the Istanbul Principles into Practice
November 2011 (PDF 892 KB)
In collaboration with the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness
A Companion Toolkit to the Siem Reap Consensus on the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness


Advocacy Toolkit

November 2011 (PDF 1.25 MB)
In collaboration with the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness
Guidance on how to advocate for a more enabling environment for civil society in your context

From Accra to Busan: The road we’ve travelled
November 2011 (PDF 313 KB)
In collaboration with AidWatch Canada
Speech by Brian Tomlinson to the Global Civil Society Forum, Busan, South Korea


Canadian government and CSO positions and activities ahead of the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4)

November 2011 (PDF 623 KB)

The Report to Parliament on the ODA Accountability Act: Will 2012 be a leap year?
November 2011 (PDF)

Survey on the impacts of CIDA funding delays on civil society organizations
November 2011 (PDF 278 KB)
In collaboration with the Inter-Council Network
Read the Key Findings of the report (PDF 43 KB)


The Report to Parliament on the ODA Accountability Act: Third time lucky?

October 2011 (PDF 167 KB)

The Calls for proposals system at PWCB – Current issues and recommendations for improvement
October 2011 (PDF 270 KB)

Brief to the Pre-Budget Consultations
September 2011 (PDF 353 KB)

Report - From Principles to Practice: CSOs as effective development practitioners
May 2011 (PDF 430 KB)
In the late spring, following a series of meeting with the Provincial Councils, CCIC organized a one day Forum on Implementing the Istanbul Principles with CCIC members and staff from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

CIDA/CCIC Cooperation Agreement
April 2011 (PDF 150 KB)
CCIC’s call for a new Cooperation Agreement between CIDA and Canadian NGO's which would set out shared principles and commitments to support each other's work.

Analysis of the implications of the 2011 Federal Budget on Canadian ODA
March 2011 (PDF 84 KB)

CCIC Pre‐Budget Backgrounder
March 2011 (PDF 168 KB)

The 2011 Federal Budget: What will it say about Canada’s role in the world?

March 2011 (PDF 125 KB)

2010

Review of the Second Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s Official Development Assistance, 2009-2010
October 2010 (PDF 137 KB)

Analysis of CIDA’s Partnerships with Canadians: Renewing the Mandate of Canadian Partnership Branch
August 2010 (PDF 70 KB)

Human Rights Impact Assessments for Trade and Investment Agreements
June 2010 (PDF 390 KB)
In collaboration with seven organizations worldwide
This report sets out key issues and methodologies for conducting human rights impact assessments (HRIAs) for trade and investment agreements. It reviews the conclusions of an international expert seminar on the issue convened under the auspices of the UN Special Rapporteur for the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter. The report is also available in Spanish.


A Time to Act – Implementing the ODA Accountability Act: A Canadian CSO Agenda for Aid Reform

May 2010 (PDF 1.5 MB)
A CCIC Report, compiled from chapters submitted by different organizations, on what the government could do to better implement the Act. To download each chapter separately, please click here.

Rules for Charities Working Overseas – Guide
April 2010 (PDF 1 MB)
This guidebook was developed in the context of a two-year project implemented by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) with financial support from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The goal of the project is to assist Canadian international development charities with overseas activities, by enhancing their capacity to increase compliance with Income Tax Act requirements.

Canadian Consultation for the Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness
April 2010 (PDF 302 KB)

Bilateral Investment Treaties: A Canadian Primer
April 2010 (PDF 163 KB)
Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) make up one part of a global investment regime that governs how countries and their governments can regulate foreign-owned assets. In Canada, BITs are called Foreign Investment Protection and Promotion Agreements (FIPAs). Canada is a major promoter of these instruments.

Principles and Recommendations for International NGO Participation in Haiti Recovery, Reconstruction and Development
March 2010 (PDF 362 KB)
In collaboration with six organizations worldwide
Principles and Recommendations for International NGO Participation in Recovery, Reconstruction and Development.  A Joint Paper of NGO Platforms from Brazil, Canada, Chile, Europe, France, Spain, and the United States.

Expanding the Evaluation Repertoire: Summary Observations on Four Case Studies in Evaluation Design
2010 (PDF 128 KB)
Prepared by Jean Christie for CCIC

2009

CCIC's Key Messages for the UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen
December 2009
CCIC has developed a series of briefing notes on environmental justice and climate change that highlight priorities for Copenhagen 2009.  The briefing notes call for equity and justice to be at the heart of a legally-binding agreement at the upcoming Climate Summit, and identify other policy reforms that are key for a comprehensive Canadian agenda to address environmental justice and climate change.

An assessment of the AAA from a civil society perspective
November 2009 (PDF 195 KB)
BetterAid
This paper looks at how the 16 recommendations set forth by the Better Aid Platform in advance of the Third High Level Forum in Accra have been integrated into the AAA

Canada's Humanitarian Donorship: A Working Paper
November 2009 (PDF 232 KB)
The paper examines issues of volume, timeliness, flexibility and the extent to which funds for humanitarian assistance are allocated according to needs.  The working paper presents the perspectives and priorities of Canadian humanitarian agencies vis-à-vis Canada’s humanitarian donorship and its consistency with the spirit of the Good Humanitarian Donorship principles. As a working paper, it is open for review and is intended  to stimulate discussion.


Strengthening Civil Society's Roles and Voice: Reflections on CSO Engagement with the Accra Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness

October 2009 (PDF 1 MB)
CCIC, CIVICUS and IBON Foundation (Philippines) has documented the CSO experience in organizing the September 2008 Accra High Level Forum and its impact on global CSOs.

Strengthening Civil Society's Roles and Voice: Reflections on CSO Engagement with the Accra Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness
October 2009 (PDF 1 MB)
A documentation of the CSO experience in organizing the September 2008 Accra High Level Forum and its impact on global CSOs.
Jacqueline Wood and Henri Valot, CCIC, CIVICUS and IBON Foundation

CCIC Pre-Budget Consultation - Federal Budget Brief
October 2009 (PDF 44 KB)
Brief submitted to the Standing Committee of Finance in the context of the pre-budget consultations.

Official Interpretation of the "ODA Accountability Act" – One Year Later
October 2009 (PDF 57 KB)
Halifax Initiative

CIDA Estimates 2008-2009 Part III – Report on Plan and Priorities
October 2009 (PDF 45 KB)


Review of the First Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s Official Development Assistance, 2008-2009

October 2009 (PDF 139 KB)

Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness: Exploration of Experience and Good Practice
September 2009 - Second Edition (PDF 1.42 MB)
A reference document prepared by Réal Lavergne and Jacqueline Wood for the Advisory Group on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness.


Approaches to Strengthening CIDA: Creating an Effective Government Department for International Cooperation

June 2009 (PDF 105 KB)

Fragile Peace in a Volatile World: What Role for Canada in Supporting Peace Processes?
June 2009 (PDF 248 KB)
On June 10, 2009 CCIC helda one-day seminar and strategizing meeting with civil society organizations, academics, and conflict resolution practitioners to develop a shared policy agenda for strengthening Canada’s role in supporting peace processes. Also, read Breakout Group recommendations (PDF 134 KB).

Toward Good Practice in Public Engagement: A participatory evaluation guide for CSOs
May 2009 (PDF 778 KB)
This guide was launched at the at CCIC’s Public Engagement Forum in May. Toward Good Practice presents the findings from last year’s Public Engagement Practices (PEP) project. PEP, a year-long joint initiative of CCIC, the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, the Canadian Nurses Association, Jamaican Self-Help and the Fair Trade Manitoba initiative of the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation, was designed to help participating organizations prove and improve their practices in public engagement through the use of participatory evaluation methodologies. The guidebook explores how to test for organizational readiness for conducting participatory evaluations; outlines a framework for evaluation; and documents the experiences of the four PEP organizations and what these experiences tell us about good practice in public engagement.

Investment Treaties and Extractive Industries: Implications for Human Rights and Sustainable Development
May 2009 (PDF 160 KB)
The seminar was an opportunity to learn about alternative policy approaches being pursued in the South for regulating investment in extractives for development outcomes and how Canada's bilateral investment treaty agenda affects and interacts with those Southern approaches.

Aid in the Crosshairs: Civil-Military Relations in Afghanistan
April 2009 (PDF 310 KB)
This briefing note documents the growing insecurity experienced by Afghan civilians and aid workers and points to the perceived association between international military forces and civilian aid efforts as a key cause. It recommends measures Canada and like-minded allies can take to enhance civilian security, humanitarian access, development effectiveness and peace-building and reconciliation.

Making a Bad Situation Worse: An Analysis of the Text of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement
March 2009 (PDF 380 KB)
In collaboration with the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, Canadian Labour Congress and Canadian for Policy Alternatives
While trade can support development and the realization of human rights, the authors find that neither the political conditions in Colombia, nor the terms of this FTA meet the criteria that would allow that to happen. The report is also available in Spanish (PDF 960 KB).


Conducting a Human Rights Impact Assessment of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement:  Key Issues
 
February 2009 (PDF 100 KB)
Prepared by James Harrison for CCIC's Americas Policy Group
CCIC's Americas Policy Group commissioned Dr. James Harrison, an international expert, to provide recommendations for a credible and effective HRIA process which reflects a commitment to human rights principles. CCIC also created a briefing note (PDF 70 KB) outlining key benchmarks required for the HRIA process.


Briefing Note – A Review of CIDA's Countries of Priorities

February 2009 (PDF 27 Kb)

Environmental Justice briefing papers now available
January 2009
Three discussion papers were prepared as backgrounders for the "Reclaiming the Commons - Promoting a North/South Agenda for Environmental Justice" policy roundtable that was held in Ottawa on January 14, 2009. They focus on environmental issues which currently intersect with CCIC policy work.

Brief 3 – Fragile Environment, Fragile State: The Challenge of Violent Conflict and Climate Change (PDF 62 KB)

2008

Global Philanthropy and International Cooperation
December 2008 (PDF 263 KB)
Prepared by Betty Plewes for CCIC
This research paper looks at trends in global philanthropy and their implications for international cooperation CSOs.


International Human Rights Standards and Canadian ODA – Implications and Issues of the Canadian ODA Accountability Act

December 2008 (PDF 79 KB)

Evaluation of Development Action – Why? of What? for Whom?
Prepared by Jean Christie for CCIC
November 2008 (PDF 268 KB)

Is Canada turning its back on the Democratic Republic of Congo?
November 2008 (PDF 157 KB)
Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains illusory, despite a number of on-going peace efforts. Unless the international community, including Canada, remains engaged, the country runs the risk of being subsumed by violence, according to a report released by CCIC.

The Strategic Use of IT in Youth Engagement for Global Citizenship
October 2008 (PDF 627 KB)
This article summarizes the findings of a research conducted by CCIC in collaboration with its member on the potential of Information Technology (IT) for youth engagement. It is intended as a resource to help stakeholders involved in public engagement develop an effective strategy and select the right tools for achieving their objectives. It also presents a glossary of technologies, some innovative practices and numerous links to online resources. Also, read the strategy guide (PDF 359 KB).

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought for 2008 - Final Forum Report
September 2008 (PDF 126 KB)
In collaboration with Unisfera International Centre, Farm Radio International, UNITERRA/WUSC, Care Canada
In June, to mark the 2008 World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, a special forum on small scale agriculture and adaptation to climate change in Africa brought to Ottawa representatives from Canadian civil society organizations, CIDA and other government departments, and national and international institutions.

Terms of Reference: CCIC Evaluation Reference Group (ERG)
September 2008 (PDF 29 KB)

The Accra Third High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness:  A CCIC Participant Assessment of the Outcomes
September 2008 (PDF 74 KB)

CCIC's Federal Election Platform to End Global Poverty and Injustice
September 2008 (PDF 469 KB)
The pamphlet, based on CCIC's 10-Point Agenda to End Poverty and Injustice, is a useful tool to urge candidates to put ending poverty on the election agenda.

A CCIC Response and Proposals for a CIDA Policy on Civil Society and Development
June 2008 (PDF 99 KB)

International Forum: A Multi-stakeholder dialogue on Civil Society and Aid Effectiveness
April 2008 (PDF Various)
Conference report, background papers, recommendations and speeches.

CIDA, Civil Society and Development - A Summary of the Discussion Paper
April 2008 (PDF 57 KB)
CCIC’s Africa Canada Forum

Afghanistan:  A Study on the Prospects for Peace
March 2008 (PDF 178 KB)
This paper calls on the international community to support peace efforts – Is peace in Afghanistan possible? Findings released today in Afghanistan: A Study on the Prospects for Peace, 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.

CIDA, Civil Society and Development - A Discussion Paper
February 2008 (PDF 96 KB)
Assembled by Réal Lavergne and Jacqueline Wood with inputs from CIDA's Expert Group on Civil Society

 

 

 

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