July 27, 2011
Devastating Famine and Displacement in East Africa
In the Horn of Africa, a drought more severe than the region has seen in decades has impacted the lives of some 12 million people, particularly in northern Kenya, southern Ethiopia, and south-central Somalia. The international donor community’s slow response has led to a funding gap of $1bn to address immediate needs in East Africa, according to UN OCHA. CBC has compiled a list of humanitarian organizations (including several CCIC members) currently providing humanitarian assistance in the Horn of Africa. Jim Cornelius (Executive Director of Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Chair of the CCIC Board of Directors) is featured in a CBC video explaining the current situation in Ethiopia.
2. Make Aid Transparent!
At the meeting of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness, BetterAid and a coalition of 80 civil society organizations handed over a petition to the Working Party Co-Chairs calling on donors to “Make Aid Transparent”. Signed by more than 5,000 individuals from 115 countries, the petition asks donors to publish more and better information about the aid they give, in line with the International Aid Transparency Initiative. The campaign is led by UK organization Publish What You Fund, and includes a very effective cartoon video. For more details, go to www.makeaidtransparent.org
3. Siem Reap Consensus on CSO Development Effectiveness finalized
The Second Global Assembly on Civil Society Development Effectiveness in Siem Reap, Cambodia, brought together more than 230 participants from over 70 countries to critically reflect on how they could make their development practice more effective. Following three days of work, the participants adopted in principle a final draft of the Siem Reap CSO Consensus on the International Framework for CSO Development Effectiveness, and helped further develop a toolkit for implementing the Istanbul Principles and for advocating for their adoption and use. Newsletters, speeches, agenda, photos videos and the International framework can be found on the Open Forum Global Assembly 2011 website.
4. Conference and Public Forum on Climate Negotiations and Justice for Vulnerable Populations: Perspectives for COP 17 and Rio+ 20
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, Denis Cote, APWG Coordinator, or Sylvie Perras.
5. Africa-Canada Forum and Asia-Pacific Working Group Annual Colloquiums
On September 27, 2011, Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) and Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) will each be hosting their annual colloquium. These 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 Denis Cote, APWG Coordinator, or Sylvie Perras, ACF Coordinator. Detailed agendas will be available in August.
6. International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy
The International Forum on the Social and Solidarity Economy will be held in Montréal on October 17-20, 2011. This is expected to be the largest event on community-based approaches to social and economic development ever held in Canada. The Canadian Community Economic Development Network (CCEDNet) is a partner with the Chantier de l’économie sociale in the preparation of the Forum, which will present innovative practices from around the world related to these five themes: Local Development; Finance and Market Access; Innovation and Community Entrepreneurship; Employment; and Food Security and Sovereignty.
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7. Civil society pushes “BetterAid” in draft Outcome Document for Busan
BetterAid participated in the July meeting of the Working Party on Aid Effectiveness (WP-Eff) where the draft Busan Outcome Document (BOD) for the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness was the topic of conversation. Among key CSO demands at the meeting were producing a BOD based on evidence, going beyond aid effectiveness to development effectiveness, strengthening and deepening existing commitments from Paris and Accra, and endorsing the Istanbul Principles and International Framework. BetterAid submitted a four page analysis of the BOD to the WP-Eff in time for the July 15 official deadline for comments.
8. CIDA launches new transparency portal
In early July, CIDA launched a new Open Data Portal to provide more information on current and recent aid commitments and disbursements (back to 2001). While the project browser and the annual Statistical Report had provided details of CIDA activities by project, country, sector or keyword, or in a combination, users could not previously export this data to their computers for further manipulation and analysis. The site also offers direct access to data CIDA provides to the OECD, to CIDA's annual Statistical Report tables on total bilateral disbursements per country and delivery channel, and an evaluation of Canada’s progress against key aid commitments.
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