2012-13 will be a landmark for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) in many ways. Canada’s Aid Effectiveness Action Plan (AEAP) is up for renewal and the new plan should highlight how Canada expects to implement commitments made at the 2011 Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4). This will be particularly important following an OECD Peer Review critical of Canadian aid. 2012 will see the government translate its transparency pledge to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) into concrete deliverables. It may see further clarity around CIDA’s long-term approach to Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs). Finally, it will see CIDA release a new Private Sector strategy, including how it will promote the role of the Canadian private sector in development. And all of this comes in the context of major cuts over the next three years to Canada’s aid program and countries of operation. Canadian aid may never be the same again.
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: 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.
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
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.
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.
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).