June 28, 2011
Land grabbing in Pakistan: Impacts on the Environment and on Communities
The Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) organized a presentation on the impacts of land grabbing on the environment and on communities in Pakistan on June 3, 2011. The event took place at CCIC and was accessible also on the web. The presentation of our guest speaker, Altaf Abro, is available on the APWG webpage.
2. Civil Society Presents Proposals for next High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness
The BetterAid platform and the Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness have launched their collective asks and a YouTube video on development effectiveness a month ahead of the July Working Party on Aid Effectiveness’ (WP-EFF) meeting in Paris where the WP-EFF will launch its draft “Outcome Document” for the 4th High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan, South Korea. ‘Civil Society Voices on the Road to the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness’ is a video of quotes from civil society activists worldwide about the notion of Development Effectiveness focusing on issues beyond aid delivery to include human rights, democratic ownership, and sustainability. HLF4 marks the first time that CSOs will intervene as a full and equal stakeholder in negotiations alongside partner governments and donors. To sign up to a CCIC-managed Google Group listserv for Canadian groups interested in following key developments for HLF4 in Busan, contact Fraser Reilly-King. For more information, see CSOs on the Road to Busan: Key Messages and Proposals.
3. Beyond 2015: Where next for the MDGs?
2015 – the end “marker” of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - may still seem far off, but in mid-June, the CSO Beyond 2015 campaign launched a new website to kick-start a discussion on a post-2015 development framework. It has launched a set of draft “Must Haves” for the Framework that could establish consensus relating to leadership, legitimacy, substance and accountability and is currently seeking feedback on each. Using this consensus, Beyond 2015 will influence the development of a new Framework for post-2015 commitments at both the national and international level. For further information, visit the newly launched Beyond 2015 campaign website.
4. CRA Releases New Guidance on Working with Intermediaries
On June 20, 2011, Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) released Guidance CG-004, Using an Intermediary to Carry out a Charity's Activities within Canada (the "Guidance"). The Guidance will assist charities and applicants for charitable status who are intending on conducting charitable activities through an intermediary within Canada. For the Guidance, an intermediary is defined by CRA as an individual or non-qualified donee. The Guidance clarifies that CRA's administrative guidance concerning operating outside Canada applies equally within Canada as well. (From Charity Law Update, by Terrance S. Carter and Ryan M. Prendergast; used with permission).
5. Policy Conference and Public Forum on Climate Change
On Monday September 26, 2011, the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development, in collaboration with the CCIC Africa-Canada Forum and Asia-Pacific Working Group and the Canadian Food Security Policy Group will be holding a learning conference and public event in Ottawa entitled: Climate Negotiations and Justice for Vulnerable Populations: Perspectives for COP 17 and Rio+ 20. For more information, contact Carol Thiessen, co-chair of the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change and Development.
6. CCIC Working Groups Regional Forums
On September 27, 2011, Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) and Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) will be hosting their annual colloquium which will continue the reflection on climate justice, looking more specifically at how the debates take shape in the African and Asian contexts, how civil society is mobilizing on those issues in the two regions, and how Canadian CSOs are supporting their efforts. For more information contact APWG Coordinator Denis Côté, or ACF Coordinator Sylvie Perras. Detailed agendas will be sent later in the summer.
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7. DfID launches plans to work with the Private Sector
“Aid and the private sector” – five words that are becoming increasingly commonplace among donors in discussions relating to the international aid agenda. At the end of May the UK Department for International Development (DfID) launched “The Engine of Development: The private sector and prosperity for poor people” and announced plans to work with 300,000 companies in developing countries. While the report does not detail what percentage of DfID’s current aid budget will be earmarked for the private sector, the focus is on leveraging additional private capital to build infrastructure, implementing private delivery of essential services, cutting further barriers to investment, promoting and creating jobs, and facilitating people’s access to savings, credit and insurance. DfID is now among a handful of donors – along with CIDA – focusing on the private sector as a development actor, making it a priority theme in the lead up to the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, taking place at the end of the year in Busan, South Korea.
8. CIDA launches University Partners Call for Proposal
On June 9, CIDA launched a Call for Proposal process targeting University partners. This Call is for up to $50 million over several fiscal years for university-led programs with developing country counterparts. There is an institutional minimum and maximums set at $500,000 to $5 million respectively for up to five years. Universities have four months lead time to prepare a proposal, and will know the outcomes of their submission by mid-February 2012. Universities will be able to partner with CSOs and other development actors in submitting a proposal. As with previous CfPs, CIDA will contribute up to 75 percent of total project costs, with the university and its Canadian partners (if any) contributing the remainder in cash or in-kind. For the first time CIDA is disclosing the merit criteria and corresponding weighting by which CIDA staff evaluate elements of the proposals submitted. These include: project rationale and relevance; project design; integration of cross-cutting themes; sustainability; partner’s capacity to deliver; and, development effectiveness/partnership.
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