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Annual Forum and 45th Annual General Meeting
MAY 23-24, 2013

2013 Forum | 2013 AGM | Public Debate | Emerging Leaders

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Forum & AGM 2013

Three days of lively, forward looking discussion and inspirational presentations at this year’s Annual Forum and AGM!

CCIC’s 2013 Annual Forum and Annual General Meeting opened on Wednesday May 22nd with a public debate at Ottawa U. The mock-debate presented the pros and cons on the resolution “Be it resolved that Canada’s official development assistance can be used both to promote poverty reduction and human rights as well as Canadian commercial interests”. The debate featured four passionate speakers who brought the perspectives of academia, the private sector and the government, and sparked the interest of over 150 participants.

The debate set the tone for the next two successful days of CCIC’s Annual Forum. Entitled: Development and Social Transformation as Shared Responsibility: Building new Bridges and Connections”, the event gathered 110 participants from 65 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) across Canada. The discussions and reflections were kick-started by a fabulous presentation from Michael Edwards, well-recognized practitioner and thinker on international development, who challenged us on our traditional and future roles as CSOs.

The forum highlighted the local and global challenges, pressures and opportunities for international development CSOs. It also offered interesting and provocative ways in which CSOs can adapt to the ever changing landscape and maintain their relevance. The event closed with CCIC’s AGM, at which President-CEO Julia Sanchez presented the 2012-2013 key highlights and strategic priorities for the upcoming year.

This year’s forum included a strategy to foster new and innovative ideas, coming from young, passionate and promising individuals committed to international development, working or volunteering with CCIC member organizations. The Forum included 11 Emerging Leaders who met with parliamentarians, participated in their own special session and contributed actively to the Forum discussions.

One of this year’s new activities was the 2013 Innovation and Effectiveness Awards.  CCIC is very happy to recognize the four winning organizations! In the CSO Effectiveness category, CCIC congratulates Co-Development Canada and Crossroads International, for their efforts towards greater organizational effectiveness and impact. And for CSO Innovation, CCIC congratulates World Vision and Farm Radio International, for their out-of-the box ideas which have made a difference on the ground.

CCIC would also like to acknowledge the 18 volunteers who brought their dedication and enthusiasm to CCIC’s debate, Forum and AGM. CCIC is grateful for the time, skills, know-how and support they gave to this year’s activities, essential to the success of this year's Forum.

The report on the Forum can be found here. Detailed summaries of some of the workshops have been posted on the Members' Space.



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