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May 27, 2011



1. New President-CEO Appointed for CCIC


During CCIC's AGM on May 27, the Board announced the appointment of Julia Sanchez as new President-CEO of CCIC. Sanchez, who presently serves as Regional and National Campaigns Director for the Global Campaign for Climate Action, based in India, also worked for 14 years for the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI), and has worked as a consultant with Oxfam Great Britain, with USAID, and in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). She succeeds Gerry Barr, who led the organization for 11 years. She begins her new position August 15.

2. Civil Society Enabling Environment now on Global Agenda


One of the key challenges to civil society organizations realizing their full potential as development actors is the local and national environment in which they find themselves.  Ahead of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan, South Korea, civil society organizations, donor governments and partner countries have agreed on a set of collective key messages on "CSO Development Effectiveness and the Enabling Environment". The Task Team that produced the messages is co-Chaired by Swedish SIDA, the government of Mali and the Canadian Council for International Co-operation. The messages point towards continued commitments for progress in the areas of CSO development effectiveness and an enabling environment, which are an essential foundation of inclusive ownership and development outcomes for poor and vulnerable people. The Key Messages can be found here.  


3. City Consultations on the Istanbul Principles and CSO Development Effectiveness


Approximately 70 people participated in the city meetings CCIC organized with Provincial and Regional Councils in Ottawa, Montreal, Winnipeg and Toronto on the Istanbul Principles and CSO Development Effectiveness. The meetings were an important opportunity to bring participants up to speed on developments since the March 2010 Canadian consultation on CSO Development Effectiveness and the adoption in September 2010 of the Istanbul CSO Development Effectiveness Principles. The meetings also proved to be a fertile forum for generating ideas on how to socialize the Principles within the work of international development organizations in Canada, and for highlighting the positive role that civil society plays as independent actors in development. A full report on the city meetings is available in English from


4. Survey Reveals Frustration Among Many with “Call for proposals” System at CIDA


In April 2010, CCIC carried out a survey of its members to hear about their experiences with CIDA’s processing of program proposals through the former Canadian Partnership Branch (CPB) and through the new call for proposals system under Partnership with Canadians Branch (PWCB). While most members who responded to the survey say they are likely to participate in the call-for-proposals, many have already voiced frustration with the process. This stems from a lack of transparency in criteria for assessing proposals, CIDA staff not being able to provide clarifications, and various improvements that respondents felt need to be addressed to enhance the call for proposals mechanism. Survey respondents also identified a number of possible solutions for addressing these concerns. They voiced concerns about how uncertain funding cycles will affect local ownership, results and development impact. The full survey report will be made available in English and French to interested parties by contacting


5. Civil Society Organizations in the Pacific Region: Some Reflections on Climate and Environmental Justice Issues


The Asia-Pacific Working Group hosted a presentation by Emele Duituturaga, Executive Director of PIANGO (Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisations), on May 25. Ms. Duituturaga discussed the perspectives of CSOs of the Pacific region on issues related to climate and environmental justice. The event took place at CCIC’s office in Ottawa.

6. 2010-2011 Annual General Report now Available


CCIC’s  2010-2011 Annual General Report is now available online. Click here to download the PDF file (314 k).




7. Land grabbing in Pakistan:  Impacts on the Environment and on Communities - June 03, 2011


The Asia-Pacific Working Group will be hosting a presentation by Altaf Abro on the impacts of land grabbing on the environment and on communities in Pakistan on June 03 from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Mr. Abro is program manager for a food security project with Oxfam Novib in Pakistan and he has a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas. The event will take place at the office of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCCI) located at 450 Rideau, Suite 200, in Ottawa. It will also be possible to attend this meeting via the web. Please register by contacting Denis Côté (coordinator of the APWG).



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