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Towards a Fairer, More Sustainable and Safer World - CCIC’s IAR Submission
After more than two months of consulting, organizing, and writing, CCIC made its submission to the Government of Canada’s 2016 International Assistance Review (IAR), entitled Cooperative Leadership: Canada’s Contribution to a Fairer, More Sustainable, and Safer World. CCIC was actively involved in the review process, participating in eight high-level and one working-level consultations hosted by Global Affairs Canada as well as 12 roundtable consultations organized by CCIC members. In addition, CCIC organized eight roundtables, including three roundtables solely for Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors (representing 40 organizations) on Delivering Results and an expert roundtable on Innovation co-organized with Grand Challenges Canada. During the review process, CCIC provided over 20 summaries and analysis documents (including a brief assessing the IAR process and discussion paper) for our organizational members. Cooperative Leadership is informed by the policy work undertaken by CCIC in recent years, as well as by the many inputs developed and received around the IAR consultation process. CCIC's submission offers concrete suggestions on how Canada can – with a new vision, fresh approaches, a well-defined set of policy outcomes, and renewed partnerships – play a meaningful role in building the fairer, more sustainable, and safer world envisioned in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Global Affairs Canada funding trends to CSOs
Almost a year and a half after the release of the International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Civil Society Partnership Policy, CCIC has released a new set of charts identifying various trends around funding for Canadian civil society over the past decade – drawing on new historical data released in June. The stats show ten key trends, including the following: support for civil society from Global Affairs Canada has been increasing since 2012-13, ending four years of steady decline, although still well below support for multilaterals; Multilateral and Geographic Branch now provide more funding to CSOs than Partnership – influenced by the huge increase in funding for humanitarian interventions; and most funding for CSOs goes to those working in Africa, The findings will inform an analysis of how the CSO Partnership Policy has been implemented in its first year. This analysis, expected for fall 2016, will draw on “Milestones to Measure Progress,” which CCIC produced last August to indicate our expectations around how the policy should be put into practice. The government has committed to meet with civil society on an annual basis to assess implementation of the Partnership Policy.
Erik Solheim new head of UNEP
In late June, Erik Solheim, former Norwegian Minister of Environment and International Development and Chair of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC), assumed his position as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Beyond tackling climate change, ecosystem destruction and pollution, Solheim signaled he will focus on environmental issues affecting human health, and environmental factors leading to conflict and migration. He also made a strong link between environmental protection and poverty reduction. Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, former Director General of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), replaces him as DAC Chair. CCIC facilitated a discussion in January with Mr. Solheim in his capacity as OECD-DAC Chair, discussing both core issues affecting the OECD and Canada’s place in the world along with a number of CCIC members.
OECD-DAC sets up high level panel on future of aid
In early July, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – Development Assistance Committee (OECD-DAC) announced the establishment of a high-level panel to consider options for the future of the DAC – in a context that has seen fundamental changes in recent years to the global development landscape. More specifically, it will look at the DAC’s relevance, role and mandate; how to make it more inclusive and representative, especially in the context of a universal set of goals; and, the implications of this for how the DAC works. Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, will chair the 16 member panel.
CCIC and its members at The World Social Forum
With 35 000 participants from 120 countries, the 12th edition of the World Social Forum in Montreal offered, once again, a unique space for debates and discussions, in order to build a better world. Many CCIC members and members of CCIC's Regional Working Groups were actively involved and organized numerous workshops. For example, CUPE, USW and other unions coordinated activities on labour rights; Oxfam offered activities for and by the youth; Inter Pares held several workshops on equality and social justice; Mining Watch and Kairos held presentations by southern partners on the battle for accountability in the extractive sector and tax justice, among others. CCIC, in collaboration with Voices and CPDE, organized debates on the state of civil society around the world, and also co-organized a workshop on accountability around the SDGs, with AQOCI.
Prime Minister's Youth Council
In addition to being Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has taken on the youth file, an issue that has always been of importance to him. He is now inviting youth between the ages of 16 to 24 to apply to join the Prime Minister's Youth Council. The Council will advise the Prime Minister on national issues such as employment, access to education, building stronger communities, climate change and clean growth. Applicants have until October 7 to join the second wave of members who will meet with the inaugural members and the Prime Minister in 2017.
Consulting Canadians on Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda
On October 17-20, 2016, countries from around the world will gather in Quito, Ecuador, for the United Nations’ Habitat III Summit on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. The Government of Canada has confirmed its participation and interest in contributing to the New Urban Agenda that will set the direction on sustainable development for decades to come. In preparation for the Habitat III Summit, the Canadian government has launched an online consultation to engage with stakeholders. Provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous organizations, businesses, academics and Canadians are invited to provide their views on some of the key challenges, opportunities and trends in urbanization, such as poverty, quality of life, housing and climate change.
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MEMBERS IN ACTION
Nominations are still open for the 2016 Lewis Perinbam Award for International Development. The award recognizes significant volunteer efforts that improve people’s lives in the developing world; engage and inspire Canadians to undertake volunteer action; and offer new ways of thinking about and/or addressing development challenges. Nominations are accepted until October 11, 2016.
WORTH A LOOK
The recent International Assistance Policy Review offered many opportunities to engage Canadians and politicians on global issues. To make sure that the consultation process will result in a strong policy and funding commitment from the Canadian government towards a fairer, more sustainable and safer world, CCIC has produced an easy-to-use MP Engagement Toolkit, which has been circulated to members and supporters. An infographic that captures the main recommendations was also developed. We invite you to consult it and use it to contact your MP and let him/her know that Canada’s role in the world matter to you.
Many articles, written by a wide range of contributors, have been published in Development Unplugged in the past two months. We invite you to pay a special attention to the series that was developed around the main themes of the International Assistance Policy Review (first published in the Hill Times), in addition to other timely topics such as the Three Amigos Summit and World Humanitarian Day. Articles can be submitted to Chantal Havard on an ongoing basis.
The Development Co-operation Report 2016 explores the potential and challenges of investing in developing countries, in particular through social impact investment, blended finance and foreign direct investment. The report provides guidance on responsible business conduct and outlines the challenges in mobilizing and measuring private finance to achieve the SDGs. Part II of the report showcases the profiles and performance of development co-operation providers, and presents DAC statistics on official and private resource flows. The OECD also released “Better Policies for Sustainable Development 2016,” a framework to help governments design and implement coherent policies for sustainable development.
Last September, BCCIC published a report called Keeping Score, a civil society inquiry into how Canada is strategically positioned on each of the SDGs. This year, with Keeping Track, BCCIC asked thought leaders in Canada how we could measure progress on the SDG. The UN Secretary-General also released the first annual report on progress towards realizing the SDGs, providing a global overview of using the latest available data. The report includes a focus on the theme of the High-level Political Forum on sustainable development (HLPF) - 'Ensuring that no one is left behind.'
This annual report by Development Initiatives is a leading resource for understanding financing for humanitarian crises globally. Following the World Humanitarian Summit, this report begins to set a baseline for measuring progress on the implementation of global commitments to invest in humanity in the years to come. The 2016 Report navigates through an increasingly diverse and complex picture on financing, looking in detail at where resources are coming from, where they are going to, and how they get there. Navigate its key findings via the infographic and chart pack.
The 2016 State of Civil Society Report summarizes the key events, issues and trends affecting civil society around the world. The 5th annual report draws on contributions from more than 30 of the world's leading experts on civil society as well as investigative work from the CIVICUS staff, which was conducted in close partnership with hundreds of activists in the field. The Report comes out as the UN Human Rights Council issues a resolution committing States to protect civil society space, and renews the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the freedom of peaceful assembly and of association for three more years.
A report was published in May shedding new light on The Narrative Project, a wide-scale research project driven by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, InterAction, and other major NGOs in the lead-up to 2015 (and the new Sustainable Development Goals), aiming to improve US, UK, French, and German public perceptions of aid and development cooperation. Although the overall evaluation of the project so far is rather positive, it seems to have proven ineffective in fundraising, according to Alison Carlman from GlobalGiving. Read more in her blog published in From Poverty to Power.
In “Neoliberalism: Oversold?” the International Monetary Fund admits that they have systematically been overselling the benefits of two elements of the pro-market policies: fiscal austerity during economic slowdowns and the deregulation (or liberalization) of financial markets. The report concludes that 1) these policies have not delivered the high economic growth rates that were expected, 2) often in fact exacerbated economic inequality, 3) which in turn has been a drag on the level and sustainability of economic growth.
Private international development consulting firm, Cowater, has released the first in what it expects to be a series of white papers on global development issues. This one focuses on “Renewable Energy: How it drives sustainable economic growth, and lifts the poorest and most vulnerable out of poverty.”
CAFOD has recently released two video animations on the SDGs. The first one explains what the SDGs are and why they are transformational in the way we fight extreme poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change. The second one looks at how civil society groups can get involved in the implementation of the SDGs at national level and the opportunities offered to strengthen their work.
Seventy-three charity sector leaders and experts came together in Calgary last May to debate and discuss how the sector would like its public policy advocacy to be valued and regulated by Canadian governments. The meeting, organized by The Philantropist, also aimed to identify some preliminary steps the charitable sector would need to undertake to help realize that consensus. A report is available here.
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