|CCIC monthly e-bulletin: April 2016|
A new policy and funding framework coming our way!
There is a saying in Latin America that, according to Wikipedia, is the equivalent of “like a breath of fresh air” but is literally “like the rains in May”. When something happens that is eagerly anticipated or that is sorely needed, something that will make an important difference looking forward, the saying goes that it is “como agua de Mayo”. The saying captures how welcome the rainy season is when it finally comes following hot dry months; and how a good rainy season, at the right time, will determine a good crop.
With May around the corner, word has it that things are almost ready for the launch of the policy and funding framework review process as referenced in Minister Bibeau’s mandate letter. We understand that a scoping paper will be made public which will put forward proposed priority orientations for the government in international development. Inputs will be invited via a web portal and accompanied by a series of thematic round table discussions. Canadians and Canadian organizations will be solicited for inputs, as will parliamentarians, developing country partners and international organizations. Toward the end of the summer / early fall, Minister Bibeau would be in a position to announce the government’s new priorities based on this process.
CCIC has welcomed the review as a much needed process to modernize and clarify Canada’s engagement with the evolving international cooperation global context. Agenda 2030, the Paris Agreement on climate and the growing humanitarian needs, to name a few, demand that we revisit our priorities and approaches. Given the dearth of public policy and the inadequate nature of the current funding mechanisms, the Canadian government is ill-equipped to provide the leadership and impetus needed to put Canada back on the global stage - as is clearly the ambition of this new government. As documented during Canada’s last OECD peer review, and now compounded by the adoption of new global agendas, we are lacking a clear strategic framework for global development cooperation. This requires an overarching statement in which our different thematic priorities and accompanying guiding documents can sit and a clear strategy for ensuring coherence between these policies and our broader foreign affairs and trade policies. The absence of such a framework has resulted in a policy vacuum over recent years on most key thematic and operational areas. The policy and funding framework review process should address these important gaps, or at the very least provide a solid foundation on which to (re)build a robust policy suite over the coming months and years.
CCIC has provided informal and formal inputs to Global Affairs Canada on the process to date, suggesting ways that civil society organizations and government can collaborate to make the most of this review. We have emphasized the importance of designing an inclusive process that will allow all key stakeholders, from across the country and internationally, to have a say in the review process. And we have also underscored the importance of having an open and transparent process which allows for meaningful engagement from stakeholders and that will result in a greatly enhanced policy and funding framework. After the set of webinars we held with our members in late April on the review process, we prepared a short submission which addressed these key points and more. And we are now ready to mobilize and support our sector to engage with the review process as fully as possible.
Stay tuned for webinars and a chance to input and comment on CCIC’s own submission to the review process as well as opportunities to coordinate with others around your own submissions, as needed. We also expect that CCIC will be called upon to help coordinate civil society participation in the thematic round tables so as to maximize the effectiveness of these dialogue platforms. This is a value-added role that we believe we can play so as to focus our collective inputs and have greater impact on the process. The importance of the review process to be launched in May cannot be overstated – it is of crucial importance that our sector, as a key stakeholder, participate as fully as possible in the process to influence the outcomes. This is important from a policy perspective, but also from a funding perspective. As noted in Budget 2016, the outcomes of this review process will inform Budget 2017. The stakes could hardly be higher!
At CCIC we look forward to working with many of you on this strategic opportunity for Canada’s international development priorities moving forward. I have my umbrella and rubber boots out, ready to welcome the rain – I hope you do too!
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MEMBERS IN ACTION
Oxfam Canada recently launched the campaign #ImAFeminist, inviting the public to share its views on gender equality and what it means to be a feminist in 2016. The campaign is based on a recent report published by Oxfam Canada which demonstrates that women are more likely to be poor, to experience violence and to be affected first and most in situations of economic and environmental crisis.
In the context of the Panama Papers, Oxfam-Québec recently launched a campaign and public consultation called À la recherche des milliards perdus which aims to put an end to tax havens and use the lost billions for development purposes. Alain Deneault, the campaign spokesperson and author of the book Une escroquerie légalisée, was recently interviewed at the well-known CBC TV show Tout le monde en parle.
Referring to the bloody conflict that has been raging in Yemen for a year and made thousands of victims and millions of displaced people, Amnesty International Canada calls on the Minister for Foreign Affairs Stéphane Dion to suspend arms transfers to Saudi Arabia. AI says that there is overwhelming evidence that the Saudi-led military coalition is failing to protect civilians, and that some attacks may amount to war crimes. According to AI, the conflict in Yemen is fueled by arms sales from a dozen countries including Canada. Amnesty asks that no country should be directly or indirectly supplying weapons, munitions, military equipment or technology that would be used in the conflict until the violations stop.
WORTH A LOOK
A lot of food for thought in Development Unplugged's recent articles! Find out more on the need to reconcile economic security, environmental protection and social justice, and on how the timing is right for Canadian CSOs to reinvest in political advocacy. Following up on federal budget 2016, CCIC wrote an article on how disappointing it is to see little investment in international development, and the Global Compact Network Canada shared its views on the private sector's contribution to the Agenda 2030 . Finally, two articles present inspiring impact stories from the field, one by World Vision Canada and the second by the Canadian Red Cross.
At the end of March, the Canadian Government released the 2014-15 Statistical Report on International Assistance. As in previous years, the report provides a useful update on trends in Canadian ODA, identifies the top aid actors, priority regions, countries and recipients, and key thematic areas of focus. Like the OECD statistics, the report shows that Canadian ODA jumped from Cdn$4.84 billion in FY2013/14 to Cdn$5.68 in FY2014/15.
The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) launched a policy brief and research report which demonstrate how innovations can alter the balance of power in societies and markets and provoke systemic political change. The authors address when and why politics matters for innovation, and what this means for donors, foundations and impact investors backing innovations for development.
Most Canadians know little about the historical foundations and complex nature of their country's entanglements with non-Western societies. Canada and the Third World provides an introduction to Canada's historical relationship with the Third World. The book asks four central questions: how can we understand the historical roots of Canada's relations with the Third World? How have Canadians, individuals and institutions alike, practiced and imagined development? How can we integrate Canada into global histories of empire, decolonization, and development? And finally how should we understand the relationship between issues such as poverty, racism, gender equality, and community development in the First and Third World alike.
The South Centre has released a timely Research Paper of particular relevance to Canada: The Rise of Investor-State Dispute Settlement in the Extractive Sectors: Challenges and Considerations for African Countries. This report situates the rise of international investment treaties, and the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) cases that come with them and often restrict the policy and legal space in countries, against the ‘Africa Mining Vision’, which introduces policy and regulatory frameworks intended to maximize development impacts in regions. This paper considers the potential challenges that could arise out of these two competing sets of rules, and the space for industrialization and development.
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