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AID POLICY

Canadian Aid Policy and Practice

 

2016 International assistance policy review and consultations

 

On May 18, 2016, Minister Bibeau launched an important and historic international assistance policy review process. The review process was conducted through a series of in-person consultations, as well as through an online consultation, based on six priorities put forward in a discussion paper posted on Global Affairs Canada's web portal.

Multilateral and international partners, in addition to local stakeholders, were included in the consultation process which took place over a two months period. CCIC and its members were actively involved in the different consultations.


To learn more about the consultation and CCIC's contribution, read:


CCIC's analysis of the consultation process and discussion paper circulated by Global Affairs.

Ten key messages for the 2016 International Assistance review.

CCIC's final submission to the international assistance policy review process, complete or brief


To engage your MP
on the expected outcomes of the consultation, use:

MP Engagement Toolkit

Infographic on 10 ways to strenghten Canada's International Assistance Policy 


To read the discourse analysis of submissions to the International Assistance Review, consult In Our Words

International Assistance Review - Discourse framework

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Recent news, analysis and commentary

 

Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance on its
Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2017 Budget

October 2016

Members of the Committee,
Thank you for inviting the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) to appear here today. 
As some of you may know, CCIC is Canada’s national coalition of civil society organizations (or CSOs) working globally to achieve sustainable human development. Our 80-plus members represent a broad range of CSOs working in international development and humanitarian assistance — from faith-based and secular groups, to labour unions and cooperatives, to professional associations.  Together with eight Provincial and Regional Councils, our collective membership is more than 400 organizations strong.

 

UPDATE ON CANADIAN OFFICIAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE:
Canada’s aid takes one step forward one step back

October 2016
This brief provides an update on Canada’s aid spending across two different measures: the international assistance envelope (IAE) and official development assistance (ODA). The Canadian IAE continues to stagnate. And while it appeared that overall Canadian aid or ODA had bounced back from $4.86 billion in 2013-14 to $5.69 billion in 2014-15, this was due to one-off increases. In 2015-16, Canadian aid dropped back to approximately $5.1 billion. This brief looks at these numbers and reiterates the need for real and predictable increases to Canadian aid.

 

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Statistics on Civil Society Organizations
July 2016
Statistics, trends, graphics and analysis of Global Affairs Canada funding to Canadian and Global CSOs. (PPT)

 

FOCUS WITH PURPOSE
Submission to House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Study on Countries of Focus

May 2016
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
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.


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

January 2016
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
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.

 

Review of the Overhead Compensation Policy for DFATD contribution agreements: A civil society perspective
December 2015
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
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.


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

The Post-2015 Development Framework:
International Process and Canadian Priorites

August 2014
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.


Report on the Aid Transparency Knowledge-Sharing Event with Canadian CSOs (Gatineau, December 12, 2013)


CCIC News Release on Budget 2013

March 2013 (PDF 127KB)

CCIC and Aid Watch Canada Analysis of Budget 2013
March 2013 (PDF 693 KB)

A new era for Canadian aid – but is fighting poverty in the mix?
CCIC country chapter for Reality of Aid 2012 report (forthcoming)

CCIC Analysis of Budget 2012
June 2012; revised July 2011 (PDF 554KB)

OECD Development Assistance Committee – Peer Review Highlights
June 2012 (PDF)


Presentation to the Foreign Affairs and International Development Parliamentary Committee

May 2012
Memo on the role of the private sector in international development, presented by CCIC to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development as part of their hearings on achieving Canada’s development interests

The morning after the night before – what future for Canadian aid?
CCIC blog
April 2, 2012

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Canadian Aid Budget

In collaboration with its members, CCIC continuously monitors and analyzes trends and developments related to the International Assistance Envelope, Canadian Official Development Assistance and its implications on development and programming.

 

Aid 101 Capacity Building Resources


What is ODA and how do we measure it?
March 2010 (MP4 video 100MB)

How do we improve the quality of Canadian ODA?
March 2010 (MP4 video 100MB)

Aid 101: Part 1 What is ODA and how do we measure it?
March 2010 (Powerpoint presentation 113 KB)
These CCIC learning resources were compiled in collaboration with Oxfam Canada, and are designed to provide an introduction to the aid regime for practitioners working or volunteering in the sector. 

 

Federal Budget 2017

Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance on its
Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2017 Budget

October 2016

Members of the Committee,
Thank you for inviting the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) to appear here today. 
As some of you may know, CCIC is Canada’s national coalition of civil society organizations (or CSOs) working globally to achieve sustainable human development. Our 80-plus members represent a broad range of CSOs working in international development and humanitarian assistance — from faith-based and secular groups, to labour unions and cooperatives, to professional associations.  Together with eight Provincial and Regional Councils, our collective membership is more than 400 organizations strong

 

Federal Budget 2016


SMART, TRANSPARENT, AND IMPACTFUL AID:
Submission to Consultations on Budget 2016

February 2016
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.

 

UPDATE ON CANADIAN OFFICIAL DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE:
Time for Canadian aid to really bounce back

January 2016
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.

 

Federal Budget 2013

CCIC News Release on Budget 2013
March 2013 (PDF 127KB)

CCIC and Aid Watch Canada Analysis of Budget 2013
March 2013 (PDF 693 KB)

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)

News release on publication of Benchmarks
April 2013

News release on Bill C-60
April 2013 (PDF 119 KB)

List of articles on merge between CIDA and DFAIT
April 2013 (PDF 478 KB)

 

Federal Budget 2012

CCIC Analysis of Budget 2012
June 2012; revised July 2011 (PDF 530KB)

Federal Budget 101: Making sense of the numbers on aid
April 2012 (Powerpoint presentation 1.63MB)

The morning after the night before – what future for Canadian aid?
CCIC blog
April 2, 2012

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

 

Federal Budget 2011

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

CCIC Pre‐Budget Backgrounder
March 2011) (PDF SIZE)


Federal Budget Key Messages
March 2011 (PDF SIZE)

 

Federal Budget 2010

Canada Turning Its Back on the World’s Poor: Foreign Aid Spending Hit Hard by Federal Budget
CCIC Press Release
March 2010 (PDF 57 Kb)

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

 

Federal Budget 2009

2009 Federal Budget – Pre-Budget Backgrounder
December 2008 (PDF 48 Kb)

 

Federal Budget 2008


CIDA Estimates 2008-2009 Part III – Report on Plan and Priorities
CCIC Briefing Note 
April 2008 (PDF 54 Kb)

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CIDA and aid reform

Over the past several decades, CCIC has worked in collaboration with its members to monitor CIDA’s policy and practice, identify policy gaps, and propose changes to improve CIDA’s work in the area of international development and humanitarian assistance.


Civil Society and Development

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.

Report on the Aid Transparency Knowledge-Sharing Event with Canadian CSOs (Gatineau, December 12, 2013)
The development program of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) and the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) co-hosted a full day event with Canadian development civil society organizations (CSOs) to help facilitate a greater understanding of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and to discuss potential next steps on the path towards greater aid transparency.

CIDA/CCIC Cooperation Agreement
April 2011 (PDF 150KB)
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.

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

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

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

 

The Marginalization of CSOs in Canada's International Cooperation Program
Briefing Note
January 2006 (PDF 71 KB)

An Overview of Issues for Canada's International Cooperation Program

Briefing Note
February 2006 (PDF 97 KB)

CIDA's Operational Requirements and the Foundation of Partnerships

Briefing Note 
February 2006 (PDF 49 KB)

Public Engagement and Global Citizenship
Briefing Note 
February 2006 (PDF 45 KB)

The four briefing notes above correspond to CCIC’s input to a 2006 Expert Panel on Partnership Programming in CIDA and its renewed Framework for Effective Partnerships.

 

 

The Millennium Development Goals and the Post-2015 framework


The Post-2015 Development Framework:
International Process and Canadian Priorites

August 2014
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.


Thinking outside the MDG Box: Taking stock of the Millennium Development Goals and Looking ahead to the Post-2015 Era

February 7, 2013
The Canadian Council of International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) have partnered to bring international development, environment, and human rights practitioners and academics together to help shape Canadian civil society’s response to the global development framework. This conference report summarizes the main issues discussed, assessing the progress we have made, the weaknesses and criticisms, and outlining the lessons learned to guide us in establishing a new framework that will succeed the MDGs.

The Politics of the Millennium Development Goals:  Contributing to Strategies for Ending Poverty?
CCIC and the North-South Institute
August 2005 (PDF 108 Kb)
Summary report of conference

Summary of Main Arguments and Conclusions
May 2005 (PDF 109 Kb)


Part One:  The Politics of the MDGs and Poverty Eradication
May 2005 (PDF 160 Kb)

Part Two:  Financing the MDGs Through a Global Partnership for Development
May 2005 (PDF 152 Kb)

Part Three:  Canada and the Global Partnership for Development
May 2005 (PDF 139 Kb)

 

OECD Peer Reviews


OECD Development Assistance Committee – Peer Review Highlights
June 2012 (PDF 1.16MB)

OECD Development Assistant Committee – Peer Review Highlights
October 2007 (PDF 31 KB)

 

Security and Aid

Official Development Assistance and Security – Should the criteria be expanded?
May 2006 (PDF 29 KB)

Official Development Assistance and Security-Related Expenditures - Myths and Realities
May 2006 (PDF 39 KB)

 

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CIDA’s development and humanitarian policy

 

Countries of Focus

In February 2009, the Canadian government announced that by 2010/11 CIDA would be allocating 80% of its bilateral money in 20 “countries of focus”. The 20 countries are Bolivia, Colombia, Haiti, Honduras, Peru, the Caribbean Region, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, Sudan, Tanzania, and Ukraine. When the Conservative government replaced the 20 long-term programming countries and five fragile and conflict-affected countries set out by the Liberal Government in 2005, it did so without consulting African counterparts or Canadian development actors. Further cuts to CIDA’s countries of operation occurred in 2012 as part of Budget 2012.

 

FOCUS WITH PURPOSE
Submission to House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development Study on Countries of Focus

May 2016
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.

 

Analysis of Budget 2012
June 2012; revised July 2011 (PDF SIZE)

CCIC Briefing Note – A Review of CIDA's Countries of Priorities
February 2009 (PDF 27 Kb)

 

Thematic Priorities: children and youth, food security, and sustainable economic growth

The Canadian government announced in April 2010 that CIDA will focus its programming in three thematic areas: food security; sustainable economic growth; and children and youth (with a sub-theme of maternal, newborn and child health).

For information on food security, see Food Security Policy Group

The elusive quest for pro-poor growth? An analysis of CIDA’s Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy
December 2011 (PDF 1.34MB)
A discussion paper by Brian Tomlinson (AidWatch Canada) and Fraser Reilly-King (CCIC) on CIDA’s sustainable economic growth strategy

Agenda and concept note for CCIC learning conference on CIDA's Sustainable Economic Growth Strategy
January 2012 (PDF 460KB)

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

 

Crosscutting themes

CIDA has maintained three cross-cutting themes:

Strengthening Canada's International Leadership in the Promotion of Gender Equality: A Civil Society Response to the Evaluation of the Implementation of CIDA's 1999 Policy on Gender Equality
Informal CSO Working Group on Women's Rights
September 2009 (PDF 664 Kb)

 

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