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Canada’s contribution to the HLM in Mexico

Julia SanchezJust back from a week in Mexico City where the Global Partnership for Development Cooperation – the new structure created to implement the Busan agreements (Nov 2011) on effective development cooperation- held its first High level Meeting at the Ministerial level. Canada was well represented there – by a DFATD delegation headed by Minister Paradis, an enthusiastic and well-equipped Canadian CSO contingent, by a number of private sector firms that are engaging in innovative financing for development, amongst others, and even by the feisty NDP international development critic (who participated in activities organized by the International Parliamentary Union). In our own ways, we all managed to influence the process in significant directions.

CCIC was involved in the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) coordinating council and global council meetings on the 11th to 13th, as well in the CSO Forum on the 14th. The latter brought together 160 CSOs from all over the world that were in Mexico to participate in the HLM. Canadian CSO representatives included Heather McPherson from ACGC, Brian Tomlinson from AidWatch Canada, Robert Fox from Oxfam Canada, John Sinclair from NSI and Fraser and myself. Robert Fox was also involved in pre-conference sessions with Mexican NGOs who were new to the aid and development effectiveness process.

HLM in MexicoDuring the HLM there were a number of parallel focus sessions as well as plenary events. One of the focus sessions of particular interest to us was the one organized by the multi-stakeholder Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and Enabling Environment, where Brian Tomlinson is one of the co-chairs in representation of the CPDE. During this session we heard compelling testimonies from the Minister from Holland, as well as representatives of the Mali, French and Czech governments on the importance of supporting civil society – to ensure democratic ownership of development outcomes, to foment healthy debate on key development issues, to hold governments accountable and to provide a counterweight to the push of the private sector in development. Minister Paradis addressed the session and shared some of the views later contained in the statement he issued on the Canadian Government’s commitment to promote and protect an enabling environment for civil society. His statement was reminiscent of a leadership role that Canada has played in the past on this issue – and a welcome change from the dismissive discourse that often characterized his predecessors’ references to the place of civil society.

Minister Paradis also provided the opening remarks for a panel on the private sector and development, affirming Canada’s commitment to championing a greater role for the private sector in combating poverty in the post-2015 framework. In addition, Minister Paradis hosted a series of meetings and round tables on the margins of the HLM, including a round table with CSOs on “The Post-2015 Development Agenda and Multi-stakeholder Engagement” and another on “Engaging the Private Sector to Promote Innovation for Development”. CCIC was the only civil society participant at the second round table and offered that there was a need to promote and support more multi-stakeholder dialogue processes to bring together different perspectives on key issues that Canada is championing on the international scene, including the role of the private sector in development.

Some useful reading on what came out of the HLM, from a Canadian perspective, includes: The press release from DFATD on the HLM, the Minister’s statement on CSOs and the enabling environment, CCIC’s press release on the Minister’s statement and the HLM, and John Sinclair’s blog that appeared in the Ottawa Citizen. For more on the HLM outcomes, see below.

As in Busan, I was struck by the important contributions that Canadian CSO representatives are able to make to the process of moving forward on a progressive agenda for international cooperation. This is a clear instance where we punch above our weight – and we punch in the right direction, actively promoting inclusive development, a rights-based approach, the centrality of an enabling environment and the need to proceed with caution in the promotion of our private sector as an engine for development – ensuring that accountability and multi-stakeholder processes remain at the forefront of the way forward.

In solidarity,


Do you have any reactions to this column? I’d like to hear from you! Please send any comments to Julia Sanchez.



CCIC Conference only a few weeks away!

CCIC-CAIDP conference

The upcoming joint CCIC/CAIDP conference entitled: “Redefining Development Partnerships: A New Role for Canadians in Global Equality and Cooperation” is quickly approaching. It is not too late to register!  With three special plenary sessions featuring: the Hon. Christian Paradis, the Rt. Hon. Joe Clark and a panel of southern experts as well as over fifteen different workshops to choose from, many interesting and engaging discussions await.  You do not want to miss this exciting conference- so register now!  Please visit our conference website and agenda for further information.

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Not to be missed Emerging Leaders session at the CCIC Conference

The Emerging Leaders Network will be hosting a lunch and an exciting afternoon workshop entitled ‘Movers and Shakers: How to Maximize Influence in the 2015 Election’ for Emerging Leaders on Tuesday May 13th prior to the public event at the University of Ottawa. Activities will include an expert panel and discussions about different grassroots approaches to mobilization and advocacy. Please note that CCIC has a special Emerging Leaders conference price. The form to register new Emerging Leaders can be found here.   

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IYIP and IAYI renewed after intense mobilization

Putting an end to months of uncertainty and rumors, Minister for International Development Christian Paradis announced on March 28 that International Youth Internships Programs would be renewed. Many CCIC members and members of the Provincial and Regional Councils, several Universities and Colleges and past participants in the program should be congratulated for this victory! Since July 2013, as part of an informal working group, they have done wonders in promoting the value and positive outcomes of the programs, and in contacting media, MPs and Minister Baird and Paradis to convince them to renew the internships. This is a great example of what we can accomplish when we join forces! Although the announcement has been made, the Call for Proposals hasn’t been launched yet. Keep an eye on this site for more details!


Mexico moves inclusive development agenda forward

Mexico moves inclusive development agenad forwardIt was an exciting week (earthquake aside) in Mexico from April 12th-17th, as representatives from civil society organizations, parliament, the private sector, governments, the United Nations System and International Financial Institutions, met in Mexico for the First High Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. Discussions ranged from the role of the (large and multinational) private sector in development (a predominant topic of discussion), to illicit capital flows (by many of the same corporations!), to domestic resource mobilization, the changing realities of Middle Income Countries, south-south cooperation and inclusive development. The final communiqué also marked some important steps forward on country ownership, untying aid, private sector accountability, gender disaggregated monitoring, and democratic and inclusive multi-stakeholder dialogue at the country level, although it failed to guarantee an enabling environment for civil society. After some tough negotiating to ensure the final communiqué didn’t backslide on agreements made in Busan, civil society still responded, feeling the HLM lacked the ambition required for a post-2015 sustainable development agenda. The Netherlands, Mexico and an as-yet-unnamed representative from the African Union have the task of moving the agreement forward, including 39 voluntary initiatives that accompanied the communiqué.

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Canadian CSOs: here is your chance to participate in the Beyond 2015 campaign

Beyond 2015

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) was selected recently as the national lead agency to support the Beyond 2015 campaign in Canada and we are inviting all CSOs working on the post-2015 development framework to join the informal network that we are putting together to try and shape and inform the Canadian government's position on the matter. We hope to coordinate a few initial activities between now and June that will help establish a more solid foundation for this work going forward, and resources permitting, also ahead of the opening of the official government negotiations in September 2014 and beyond. If you are interested to join this network, please contact Denis Côté

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New HRBA and Equitable Partnership Guide – word is getting out!

HRBA GuideFollowing the launch in March of our English and French Guide that provides concrete and very practical tools to integrate a human rights-based approach (HRBA) into your development programming and to initiate a process to intentionally develop more equitable partnerships, CCIC has been working to bring the tool to our membership and beyond. At the beginning of April we organized a brown bag lunch for 40 people at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development on the tool, and then participated in a webinar with even more people from the Provincial and Regional Councils and CCIC.  In mid-April, the Guide was featured in a new publication prepared by the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness ahead of the High Level Meeting in Mexico, entitled “The Journey from Istanbul” – drawing together evidence of how organizations have been implementing the Istanbul Principles globally. Now CCIC, Equitas and Coady have released a short five minute video to orient you to the Guide. Now there are no excuses not to know about the Guide!


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More than 100 people attend the annual meeting between the APWG and DFATD

APWGOn April 4th, 72 representatives from the three branches of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) met with 36 members of the Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) to discuss development and human rights issues in the Asia-Pacific region. This was the third of such annual meetings and the strong interest demonstrated from both sides may lead to more frequent gatherings in the future. The first part of the meeting consisted in a panel discussion while, in the second part, people participated in breakout group discussions divided as follows:  Afghanistan and Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Indonesia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Vietnam and Regional Issues (including trade and investment). The APWG will produce a meeting report to be distributed to members in the coming weeks.

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DFATD-ACF meeting: the beginning of a renewed dialogue

On April 15, the Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) met with DFATD officials with the goal of building relationships and strengthening  a continuous dialogue process throughout the year. The meeting was a great success! The ACF shared its goals, objectives and activities. DFATD discussed a variety of topics including: the CIDA-DFAIT merger, their support for the ‘Africa Rising’ narrative, the Global Market Action Plan and possible future priorities for Africa. This introductory meeting solidified interest in continuing dialogue and in future collaboration, including an agreement to host a second meeting in the fall of 2014.

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Honduran human rights leader visited Ottawa and urged MPs to put human rights first

Prominent Honduran human rights activist Bertha Oliva, general coordinator of the Committee of Relatives of the Disappeared and Detained in Honduras (COFADEH), visited Ottawa on April 8, 2014 to urge that Canadian trade and investment not trump human rights. Ms. Oliva provided first hand testimony to the Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights (SDIR) and the Standing Committee on International Trade (CIIT) about serious, systematic, increasing human rights abuses in Honduras, as well as concerns that they will be exacerbated by the Canada Honduras Free Trade Agreement (CHFTA). Ms. Oliva also spoke at the University of Ottawa, emphasizing the importance of international solidarity with Honduran civil society. Ms. Oliva’s visit was part of the “Building Solidarity with Honduras: Peoples' Rights over Corporate Rights” tour organized by 25 organizations across Canada and Quebec, including members of the Americas Policy Group.

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Results of FLASH! survey: Thanks for reading us!

Flash Survey

FLASH! is CCIC’s main vehicle to communicate with its members and supporters on news and issues of interest for the sector. CCIC recently conducted a survey with FLASH! subscribers, to gather feedback on content and the look of its newsletter, and map what could be improved. The response rate was very good and provided us with lots of useful suggestions. Globally, FLASH! is much appreciated by its readers, with 94 % who think it is “very useful” or “useful”. A few individuals suggested making changes to the format in terms of length, colors and structure, which CCIC is planning on doing in the next few months. Thank you all for your great inputs and positive comments!

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Blog on Aid and Development celebrates first anniversary and invites new contributors!

Ottawa CitizenThere is a lot to celebrate for writers and readers of the Ottawa Citizen Blog on Aid and Development! Launched in March 2013, the interest for the blog has grown rapidly, making it one of the most popular in the Citizen. Academics, practitioners, researchers and politicians have populated the blog with thought provoking articles, testimonies from the field, development success stories and reflections on Canada’s role in the world. Please note that submissions now need to be channeled through pre-approved contributors to the blog–the Citizen no longer has the time to review submissions. So if you have a good article to share, please send it to Chantal Havard.

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Coalition Profile: Women’s Rights Working Group

(To advance its policy agenda, support existing networks and have a greater impact, CCIC is involved in many coalitions. Each month we will be featuring one of them in Flash! so that you can get involved with them too.)

CCIC has coordinated the Women’s Rights Policy Group (WRPG) since the early 2000s to strengthen the focus on women's rights in the international cooperation agenda.  The group is currently co-chaired by MATCH International and Oxfam Canada, and is made up of approximately 25 participating organizations in addition to individual members. For 2014-2015, the WRPG has decided to run a women’s rights campaign focused on the upcoming federal elections.To carry this work forward, the WRPG has created 2 sub-groups: a policy & advocacy group focused on identifying specific policy asks and strategies, and a public engagement group focused on developing communication and outreach strategies. The WRPG is open to new members, and looking for people to get involved in these two sub-groups! For more information and to get involved contact Jess Tomlin or Caroline Marrs. You can also check out the report from the WRPG’s last annual general meeting here.

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MEMBER PROFILE: Collaboration Santé Internationale


CSI Executive Director Pierrette Defoy-Dolbec visiting a community clinic in Guatemala.

This month CCIC has met with the Pierrette Defoy-Dolbec, Executive Director at Collaboration Santé Internationale (CSI) based in Québec City, to learn more about this unique NGO which delivers medical equipment and medicine to developing countries. Mme Defoy-Dolbec spoke with passion about the many partnerships that allow CSI to fulfill its mission and the important role of volunteers...among other things!

CCIC - For over 40 years, Collaboration Santé Internationale (CSI) has been sending medication, equipment, medical supplies and school supplies to developing countries through its distribution network, which is active in four continents. Which main partners help you fulfill your mission?

CSI has been operating for the last 46 years, mainly in Africa, Latin America and in the West Indies. During this time, we have been able to develop knowledge and expertise, which we use to choose partners on the ground based on their experience, commitment, credibility and ability to complete missions on time. The selection process is very important and is crucial to the success of all projects, as sustainability is always an objective in our health and education projects. CSI was originally founded to support the development projects of missionaries, and later began supporting NGOs, associations and other groups that have received our aid.

We have many partners. Here are a few examples: Les Amis de la Saint-Camille and the Association Saint-Camille-de-Lellis (Benin), Cassira (Guatemala), Entraide sans frontières (Madagascar), Fondation pour le Développement Économique et Social (FODES-5, Haiti), the Hôpital Aristide Le Dantec of CHU Dakar (Senegal), the École La Sagesse (Senegal), students of nursing and medicine at Laval University and McGill University, and a number of CEGEPs in Quebec that offer health training and health care internships in developing countries. CSI has changed with the times without altering its values and mission. Our 46 years of operation are an indication that we meet a basic need in the unique niche in which we work.

Read the full interview...

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Climate Change Impacts and Vulnerability in Canada

On April 10th CCIC collaborated with the Climate Action Network (CAN) and the Climate for Development (C4D) coalition on several events to raise awareness with parliamentarians and the general public on the impacts of climate change on development. A series of speakers (representing the insurance, health, and agricultural fields) presented their first-hand and expert insights to Parliamentarians from all parties at a breakfast event co-hosted by the House of Commons All Party Climate Change Caucus. This was followed by a press conference where the same speakers were able to engage representatives of the media at the parliamentary press gallery.

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Tax Justice and Human Rights: A Collaborative Symposium for Researchers, Students and Activists

On June 18-20, researchers, tax justice activists, community organizations and civil society organizations from around the world will convene in Montreal for a unique symposium to discuss the latest research, share experiences, and promote public participation in the growing international dialogue on taxation. The symposium will address offshore tax havens, corporate taxation, gender and fiscal justice, and highlight efforts in both the North and South to promote progressive taxation. Since taxation is a major determinant of the allocation of rights and resources within and across societies, a key theme will be the human rights implications of tax policy. This event is co-organized by the Faculty of Law of McGill University, the Tax Justice Network (UK), the Halifax Initiative, Canadians for Tax Fairness as well as Inter Pares. To register, click here.

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Brief launched by MiningWatch Canada on Project-Level Non-Judicial Grievance Mechanisms

MiningWatch Canada prepared this brief for an expert meeting on practical solutions to the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights' “effectiveness criteria.”  The data for this brief is derived from the work of MiningWatch Canada and their local and international partners on a project-level non-judicial grievance mechanism at Barrick’s Porgera Joint Venture mine in Papua New Guinea, as well as their initial engagement on a similar mechanism at African Barrick Gold’s North Mara mine in Tanzania.

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Humanitarian Coalition Blog - Call for Submissions

Humanitarian CoalitionThe Humanitarian Coalition, which brings together CARE Canada, Oxfam Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Plan Canada and Save the Children Canada, has established an online blog to better engage Canadians on humanitarian issues and encourage exchanges within Canada's humanitarian community and with the public at large. Anyone is welcome to make a blog post submission. These may take many forms, including personal accounts, summaries of academic research, technical briefings, picture exposés, or any other format which provides new and engaging content. For more information on the submission process, please click here.

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Not good news: New Reports from the IPCC on the impacts of climate change

Not Good News - ReportThe Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change provides a clear and up to date view of the current state of scientific knowledge relevant to climate change. It consists of three Working Group (WG) reports and a Synthesis Report (SYR) which integrates and synthesizes material in the WG reports for policymakers. The SYR will be finalized on 31 October 2014. Of particular interest to the international development community is the Working Group II contribution which considers the vulnerability and exposure of human and natural systems, the observed impacts and future risks of climate change, and the potential for and limits to adaptation. The chapters of the report assess risks and opportunities for societies, economies, and ecosystems around the world.


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Public services as the strongest weapons to inequality

Public services as the strongest weapons to inequalityIn a report entitled Working for the Many, Oxfam says that public services such as the provision of health and education are among the strongest weapons to use in the mix against global inequality. They benefit everyone in society but the poorest most of all. Oxfam cites an OECD study that says that, on average, all public services provide the poorest people with the equivalent of 76% of their post-tax income. Spending on these services has the same inequality-busting potential in rich and poor countries alike, reducing income inequality by between 10-20 per cent. According to the report, this is why cuts in these services around the world are so catastrophic.

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Accountability for civil society by civil society: A Guide to Self-Regulation Initiatives

Accountability for Civil Society by civil society

CIVICUS has recently launched a guide about civil society organizations’ self-regulation – a new addition to their Legitimacy, Transparency and Accountability (LTA) programme. This is the result of a research conducted by CIVICUS and its members and partners: it features more than 20 case studies from around the world, lessons learned, innovations and practical advice. The guide is available in English, French and Spanish.



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Inclusive Development – a new way of thinking

The High Level Meeting in Mexico included four discussion papers on Results, Transparency and Accountability, Country Ownership, and a statement on the New Deal, but by far the best was the paper on Inclusive Development, which frames the issue in terms Voice (inclusion of perspectives), Action (inclusion in democratic processes) and Results (outcomes that are inclusive) – a must for any post-2015 sustainable development agenda.

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Key challenges faced by Canadian and international humanitarian actors

Key challenges faced by Canadian and international humanitarian actors

The papers presented in this volume are the outcome of some of the presentations made during the conference by Canadian humanitarian experts. The topics covered by these papers are wide ranging and tackle key challenges faced by Canadian and international humanitarian actors. This includes finding ways to equip humanitarian workers with the skills necessary to respond to increasingly complex and multi-layered crises. They also explore how to make best use of new technologies to facilitate better humanitarian action in the field. Other topics covered include understanding how to operate in contexts of acute violence and vulnerability and finally on how to make humanitarian action more sustainable and accountable.

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Opens Application Round 13 of Grand Challenges Explorations

The Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationThe Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently announced that it is accepting applications for Round 13 of its Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, which seeks innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing global health and development problems. Great ideas come from everywhere, and grants have been awarded for over 900 projects in over 50 countries to date. Proposals are being accepted through May 6, 2014. Click here to submit a simple, online, two-page application.

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Canadian Advocacy Network launched

Are you looking for help with media training, public relations, government relations, or coalition-building? The Canadian Advocacy Network (CAN) is a group of experienced government and public relations professionals who have come together to offer pro bono assistance in these and other areas to charities and nonprofits. If you think that your organization could benefit – either in your outreach efforts or for your staff and professional development – visit the CAN website and find out how you can apply to be connected with a CAN volunteer.

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Democracy Is More Than Just Holding Elections

Wouldn’t you like to give those in power a report card? This is what citizen engagement looks like, and it’s possible for all of us, according to John Gaventa, head of the Coady International Institute, appearing in a video clip by Open Society Foundations in New York. Because democracy means more than just holding elections. “It's being involved in between elections, throughout the whole policy process—from what should be worked on to what the policies are to how they're funded, to whether or not the money reaches your communities,” says Gaventa.

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