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April 19, 2011

 

 

1. Registration to the 2011 CCIC Forum and Annual General Meeting

 

Information about registration, agenda, venue and accommodation for CCIC’s 2011 Forum and AGM are now on CCIC’s website. This year, registration to the AGM can be done online.


The Forum, From Principles to Practice, Improving our development effectiveness as CSOs and the AGM will be held on May 26 and 27, 2011, at the Travelodge Hotel Ottawa and Conference Centre, in Ottawa.


Visit CCIC’s website to register!

 

2. Application Deadline for the Busan Summit

The BetterAid Platform has just launched the process for determining civil society participation at the Fourth High Level Forum (HLF4) in Busan, Korea, on November 29 – December 1, 2011. To be able to participate as a CSO inside the meetings, you must fill in and send your application before May 8, 2011. Among the 300 eligible global participants, Canadian CSOs can expect to have 5 to 10 spots. 

 

3. Online Survey: Status of CIDA Funding Among CCIC Members

 

Building on an annual CCIC members’ survey over the past two years assessing the status of Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) funding for members, CCIC is launching a new survey. This survey will garner a more complete picture of the status of current CIDA partnership agreements and proposals among members. The goals of the survey are twofold: to better understand member organizations' current funding status, concerns, and challenges; and to help shape CCIC’s advocacy with CIDA in this area in the coming year.

 

Individual surveys and their results will be treated as confidential, but a summary of the survey findings will be circulated at the CCIC’s 2011 AGM. This survey will be open from April 14 to May 5, 2011. If you are a member organization of CCIC and wish to participate in the survey, click here.

 

4. New UN Rapporteur to Protect Citizens’ and Civil Society’s Rights

 

At the end of March, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Maina Kiai, a Kenyan national, as the Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association. Mr. Kiai has over 20 years of experience working on human rights and constitutional reform in Kenya.  Internationally, he has worked for Amnesty International and the International Human Rights Law Group. Mr. Kiai currently heads the International Council on Human Rights Policy in Geneva.

 

His appointment follows the adoption of the Human Rights Council’s Resolution A/HRC/15/L.23, which created the new Special Rapporteur position. This resolution was strongly promoted by Civicus and the International Centre for Not-For-Profit Law, among other international CSOs, in response to closing political space for many civil society organizations. 

 

For an analysis and documentation of country situations, see Civicus’s report, “The Clampdown is Real”, click here.

 

5. DAC Releases Preliminary ODA Figures for 2010

 

The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) announced that Official Development Assistance (ODA) for 2010 was US$128.7 billion, based on preliminary ODA reports from 23 DAC donors (including Korea). DAC real ODA (less debt cancellation, students and refugees in donor countries) is estimated to be US$119.6 billion in 2010, compared to US$112.7 billion in 2009. Overall donor ODA performance improved in 2010 – 0.32% of Gross National Income (0.31% in 2009), with an estimate of 0.30% for real ODA in 2010.

 

6. Donors Fail to Honour their 2005 Gleneagles Aid Commitments

 

While DAC donor aid in 2010 increased by 6.5% over 2009, these donors failed to meet their 2005 Gleneagles commitments to increase ODA by US$50 billion by 2010, falling short by US$19 billion, with only US$1 billion accounted for by lower than expected growth rates. Sub-Saharan Africa fared even worse, receiving less than half of its 2005 commitment, only US$11 billion of the US$25 billion promised at Gleneagles. Significant aid shortfalls by Germany, Spain, Austria and Italy were the main reasons for this failure.

 

7. Bleak Projections for Future Aid Commitments by the DAC

 

In releasing the 2010 ODA figures (see above), the OECD DAC also reported donor preliminary projections for the next three years. The news is not encouraging for new aid commitments. They expect increases to core aid flows to slow to about 2% per annum between 2011 and 2013, compared to 8% in the period 2008 to 2010.  Annual aid increases for Sub-Saharan Africa are expected to slow to about 1%, compared to 13% growth in the past three years. 

 

8. DAC Records Large Aid Increase for Canada in 2010

 

The DAC reported a 12.7% increase in Canadian ODA in 2010 over 2009.  There are several explanations for this, the main one being a significant amount of one-off increases for Canada’s aid disbursements in the last months of the fiscal year 2009/10 for Haiti and in the fiscal year 2010/11 for a number of initiatives such as the Mother Child Health Initiative. Supplementary estimates during 2010/11, (beyond the budgeted International Assistance Envelope of Cdn$5 billion) totaled Cdn$452 million or more than 8% of the original ODA budget set out at the beginning of the year.  The DAC calculates Canada’s aid performance for 2010 at 0.33% of GNI for 2011, ranking 14th among donors.

 

Events

 

9. May 2011 Africa-Canada Forum Regional Meetings  
Climate change and Development: What's at stake for Africa?

 

The Africa-Canada Forum is planning regional meetings in Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto to begin understanding the various perspectives and political issues at play for Africa in the upcoming international negotiations for the UN Conference on Climate Change (in Durban, South Africa, November 2011), and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development - Rio + 20 (in Rio de Janeiro, June 2012).  The meetings will take place in Montréal on May 9, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m., in Ottawa on May 11 , 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., and in Toronto on May 12, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Experts will be with us to guide our reflection.  For more information and to register before May 5, please contact Sylvie Perras.

 

 

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