|CCIC monthly e-bulletin: February 2017|
Trump’s impact on global development
On March 1st, CCIC will host its monthly “Food for Thought” lunch speakers’ series for CCIC member EDs/CEOs with invited guest Sam Worthington. Sam is CEO of InterAction, CCIC’s sister organization in the United States. And we have invited him to share his analysis of how the Trump administration will affect the global development landscape, and more specifically what we can expect on issues that are closest to our hearts. I look forward to hearing what Sam has to say, and also to hear about how the sector of US international development civil society organizations (CSOs) is faring. Surely we have work we can do together, to ensure that development cooperation continues to move forward during this time. Maybe we have some lessons of resistance and resilience to share with them that might come in handy in the years to come. And maybe we have work to do in supporting our colleagues down south as their landscape changes quite dramatically.
What are the implications of an “America First” approach on the US’s longstanding leadership on international development? How will a return to conservative policies affect the global landscape for development cooperation, at a time when the world is marred by growing inequality and embarking on a transformative agenda to end global poverty for good? Although the US is below the average of its peers in terms of ODA/GNI (0.17 %) relative to the size of its economy, the volume of its aid budget dwarfs others. The US is therefore a significant donor and partner in multiple important global initiatives as well as key multi-lateral institutions and others.
A strategy which emphasizes the building of walls and closing of boarders, at a time when the global community has committed to implementing an ambitious agenda to combat global challenges by addressing their interconnected and interdependent global nature, is counter-current at best, and counter-productive as well.
Already we have seen worrying signs of a withdrawal by the US from important spaces dealing with climate change, migration and refugees and women’s reproductive health, to name a few. The swift response orchestrated by the Dutch government to make-up for the gap in sexual health and reproductive rights, and the emergence of the She Decides campaign, is a positive development, though it does put other donors in a position to mitigate loses and close gaps, instead of enhancing investments at this important juncture for global cooperation.
Leadership debates last week in Canada are a stark reminder of where this can all lead – with some, hopefully fringe, conservative candidates floating ideas like the need to restrain “foreign-funded NGOs with vested interests” that are obstructing Canadian development, respond to carbon pricing by reducing transfers to provinces, and the need for extreme vetting of immigrants coming into Canada. Not to mention calls for eliminating aid budgets all together.
I am sure we have a lot to learn from each other, Canadian and US organizations involved in global development, and that there is an imperative that we work closely together in coming months and years to both halt regression on the principles and values that underpin good development cooperation, and also to foster a climate for greater collaboration and innovative ways of working, including under adverse circumstances.
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Mobilization around Budget 2017
In January 2017, the sector identified a need to coordinate communication and activities in support of a last push for an IAE increase ahead of Budget 2017. A few working groups were created to coordinate advocacy efforts and prepare the response to Budget 2017. As this article is being written, we still don’t know when Budget 2017 will be tabled in Parliament. Expectations are high in terms of re-establishing Canada as a leader in international development by restoring the international assistance budget - even if we’ve been told that the increase might be modest. We know that Canadians care about this; that is why CCIC, its members and other stakeholders have been very active in the past few weeks to channel and expand support for restoring the aid budget, by asking supporters to contact their MPs. If you want to use the advocacy material that has been developed on Budget 2017, contact Chantal Havard. For your information and reference, CCIC budget brief 2017 is available here.
Two articles were recently published in CCIC’s blog Development Unplugged. As the sector prepares for Budget 2017, Julia Sanchez from CCIC lays out her ten main reasons why Prime Minister Trudeau should increase the ODA budget. In an article published on World Radio Day, Kevin Perkins from Farm Radio International explains why this century-old technology is still relevant and powerful, especially for small farmers in Africa. Submissions to Development Unplugged are always welcomed! Send your 600-900 words articles to Chantal Havard.
ACF meets with the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association
During International Development Week, the Africa Canada Forum (ACF) met with members of the Canada-Africa Parliamentary Association (CAPA), an all-party association of Members of Parliament interested in African issues. At this event, members of the ACF and United Church partner, Rev. Dr. Leonard Mtaita, General Secretary of the Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT), spoke to the issue of good governance in sub-Saharan Africa. Different speakers focused on the role of civil society in ensuring vibrant democracies and good governance; the need for an enabling environment for civil society; the role women must play in decision-making and participating meaningfully in society, and the importance of inclusion for good governance. The exchange with CAPA and the interest they have expressed in organizing other opportunities for dialogue were very well received by ACF members.
Consultation on Canada-Mexico Bilateral Dialogue on Human Rights
On February 10 members of the Americas Policy Group (APG) participated in a first consultation organized by Global Affairs Canada officials, to discuss the human rights crisis in Mexico. The consultation took place in preparation for a high level Canada-Mexico dialogue meeting to be held in the spring in Ottawa. The meeting brought together 10 APG members and 10 GAC officials and allowed for an open discussion on the many challenges faced by Mexico in terms of protecting and defending human rights and human rights’ activists. As a concrete follow-up to the meeting, APG prepared a series of recommendations on how Canada can best support civil society and human rights defenders in Mexico.
Consultation on the Free Trade Agreement with Colombia
On February 15 members of APG-Colombia met with a delegation from Global Affairs, as part of a consultation on Canada’s Annual Report on Human Rights and Free Trade between Canada and Colombia. Although the 2015 report has been prepared with an improved consultation process, APG members expressed -once again- disappointment with the very narrow focus of the report, questioning its credibility. Indicating that they felt they had fulfilled their mandate with the report, GAC officials invited Canadian CSOs to keep raising what they think should be covered in the report, so that they can be included as policy recommendations.
Next Generation - Collaboration for development
Now that the new joint CCIC-CASID program has been launched, it is our great pleasure to present you the logo that identifies this initiative! The program is well on tracks with the recent hiring of two research assistants: Cailean David and Stephanie Ferrao, Masters students at the University of Ottawa, who will participate in the "mapping" of the university researchers, research institutes and Canadian think tanks working on issues related to international development, international assistance and humanitarian aid. In fact, we will send out a short survey in March to CCIC members in order to identify the individuals who are doing research and/or are involved in the production of knowledge within their organization.
Webinar - CCIC members are invited to a webinar to learn more about the program New Generation - Collaboration for development! The webinar will take place on Tuesday, March 7th, at 1pm in English, and at 3pm in French. Thank you for registering with Andréanne Martel email@example.com.
The "New Generation" team is looking for a great candidate who will work in close collaboration with the program officer during the entire duration of the program. The program assistant will provide administrative and logistical support to the program New Generation - Collaboration for development, in addition to collaborate in the development, planning, execution and monitoring of the activities of the program, especially in connection with the models of collaboration. We are also looking for two research assistants to support us with this program. The first mandate will be to develop a framework for monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) for the program. The second will be to conduct a literature review (scientific articles and others) to identify the different experiences of collaboration between academics and practitioners, both in the North and in the South.
MEMBER PROFILE: SOCODEVI
MEMBERS IN ACTION
In the context of International Development Week -and other key moments such as the provincial election in British Columbia- colleagues from the Regional and Provincial Councils for International Cooperation have been launching a number of new and exciting tools for public engagement. AQOCI has launched a comic book to illustrate the challenges and resilience of young girls around the world. BCCIC has published an Elections Toolkit, to engage candidates on the Sustainable Development Goals. Also on the SDGs, MCCIC produced a short video to explain in simple terms why the SDGs are relevant to Manitobans and to the world. OCIC launched its latest edition of Transformations exhibit, which focuses on how farmers in rural Tanzania are addressing issues of climate change, food security, gender equity and youth skills development programs.
All Canadians were shocked and deeply saddened by the mass shooting that took place late January at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec City. Six lives were lost and many people were injured. But the tragedy also generated a wind of solidarity and many initiatives to create bridges with the Muslim Community. CCIC member organization Islamic Relief Canada has launched a fund to help families affected by this tragic event. This campaign is running until March 5, 2017.
Mobilized by Oxfam Québec, more than 100 organisations and public figures from education, health, environment, labour unions, academic, business, international cooperation, arts and culture, anti-poverty, youth and human rights sectors have joined forces and published a common declaration asking governments to put an end to tax havens. On January 31rd and February 1st 2017, they received a copy of the declaration, as well as a petition signed by more than 24 000 citizens and the results of a consultation done with 2500 people on the social cost of tax havens. On February 2 in Montreal, a media stunt was organized to denounce the damages of tax havens. To learn more about the campaign and to endorse it, go to: www.milliardsperdus.com.
WORTH A LOOK
Last week, Global Affairs Canada launched Results-Based Management for International Assistance Programming: A How To Guide. This guide is intended to help GAC partners understand how to design and manage projects or programs for results and replaces the 2009 guide. CCIC will be hosting a webinar with GAC on this guide. More information will be shared with members shortly!
Oxfam recently released two reports on blended finance for development: Blended Finance: What it is, how it works and how it is used and Private Finance Blending for Development: Risks and opportunities. The reports aim to clarify what blending is, how it works and how it is used, and foster greater understanding of this increasingly prominent development finance mechanism. Highlights indicate that blended finance can be problematic: it does not necessarily support pro-poor activities; there is little evidence of the development impact; it often focuses on middle-income countries; and it may give preferential treatment to donors’ own private-sector firms. Other concerns raised include not aligning with country plans, and commonly failing to incorporate transparency, accountability, and stakeholder participation.
Canada currently spends approximately 0.26% of GNI on official development assistance (ODA). With budget 2017 just around the corner, the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP) designed a clear and useful infographic showing what it would cost to get Canada on the path of 0.7 of GNI on ODA. To bring Canada back as a leader on the global stage, Canadians would have to spend the equivalent of one coffee and one doughnut per month for one year!
At the heart of the UN Global Goals is the commitment to ensure that ‘no one is left behind’ and that no goal is considered met unless met for all. To learn more about this inclusive agenda, the Leave No One Behind partnership has produced a new toolkit to equip stakeholders with useful information and material to organize campaign activities. Made-up of three international non-profit organizations (CIVICUS, Development Initiatives, and Project Everyone), and supported by the UK Department for International Development, the Leave No One Behind partnership seeks to ensure that ‘leaving no one behind’ turns words to reality.
Based on an inclusive consultation that concluded in Nairobi, Kenya at the 2nd High Level Meeting (HLM2) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC), the Nairobi Outcome Document was released on December 1st, 2016. This document will help shape how existing and new development actors can partner to implement Agenda 2030 and realize the UN Global Goals. The CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) released an assessment of the Nairobi Outcome Document and pointed to minimum commitments that need to be made to ensure a successful outcome document.
AidWatch Canada's Brian Tomlinson has co-produced an analytical summary of theSecond High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in November-December 2016. The paper focuses on what was accomplished in Nairobi as well as emerging challenges for the Global Partnership and development effectiveness efforts, and suggests some concrete steps for moving forward.
Between 2013 and 2016, civil society in 22 countries carried out an Enabling Environment National Assessment (EENA). The EENA is a civil society-led process that analyses the extent to which national conditions enable the work of civil society. The EENA analysis explores in particular how laws and regulations relating to civil society are implemented in practice, and what is their impact. CIVICUS released the EENA findings in a new report Contested and Under Pressure, which reveals that in many cases, CSOs are not free to act without the state’s permission. This is the case even in several countries where notification regimes exist on paper but do not apply in practice, as state agencies, officials and security forces assume powers to veto CSO activities.
The OECD has launched the OECD Due Diligence Guidance for Meaningful Stakeholder Engagement in the Extractive Sector. This report provides practical guidance to mining, oil and gas enterprises in addressing stakeholder engagement challenges and contributing to positive social and economic development by involving stakeholders in their planning and decision making.
Global Affairs Canada (GAC), in collaboration with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), launched the second edition of the International Policy Ideas Challenge, designed to identify concrete innovative solutions to emerging international policy challenges faced by Canada. The objective of the program is to draw on the network of talented Canadian graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and civil society researchers. Ten selected finalists will be given several months to further develop their proposals into policy briefs, which will then be presented to Government of Canada officials. The application deadline is Monday, March 13, 2017. To learn more about eligibility, proposal themes, and application procedures, please visit theInternational Policy Ideas Challenge 2017 website.
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