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Budget 2017 lacks long-term strategy and undermines Canadian leadership in global sustainable development
Civil society calls for the Canadian government to put words into action and increase Canada’s international assistance envelope

OTTAWA, 22 March 2017—Budget 2017 has failed to provide the predictable investment needed to increase Canadian leadership internationally and contribute to the realization of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says a group of Canadian civil society organizations.

The new Budget proposes no new increase to the International Assistance Envelope (IAE) — the funding used for Canada’s poverty reduction programs overseas. This is in spite of the Government’s commitment in last year’s budget that Budget 2017 would be informed by the outcomes of the International Assistance Review. These results have still not been announced, though the consultation process ended in July of 2016. The mandate of the Minister of International Development and La Francophonie to implement a new funding framework for Canada’s international assistance similarly remains unfulfilled.

 

Civil society welcomes Government’s leadership on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, and calls for increased investment in international development

OTTAWA, 8 March 2017—Civil society organizations congratulated the Government today on its announcement which addresses an important gap, both globally and in Canada, in current efforts to promote women and girls’ health and rights.  By committing to support and promote Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) as an integral part of its feminist agenda for development, Canada is demonstrating global leadership at a time when the world needs it most. SRHR has long been neglected by the international system, and recent developments in the United States have only heightened the need for bold action and leadership on this issue.


Canadian CSOs ask government to build Canada’s long-term commitment to gender equality in our Official Development Assistance

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

Now more than ever, the world is looking to Canada to take a leadership role to signal a renewed, long-term commitment to keeping the universal Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development on track.

To realize this goal, Canada will need to match the ambitions of its forthcoming international assistance statement with an equally ambitious five-year funding framework, a core element of the Minister of International Development’s mandate. In Budget 2017, we hope to see a clear timetable for doubling our international assistance envelope and moving us towards the UN target of 0.7 percent of gross national income (GNI) by at the latest 2030 – the timeline for achieving the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We believe that Canada can reach 0.7 by supporting a series of building blocks, which will generate tangible progress towards achieving the gender equality goals and targets across the SDGs and deliver on Canada’s promise to support and empower women and girls.



Civil society and government converge on priorities for Canada’s global development cooperation

Ottawa, December 7, 2016. A report issued yesterday by Global Affairs Canada, which conveys the main messages the government heard during a two-month consultation process to review its International Assistance, signals that government and Canadian international development and humanitarian organizations have converging views with respect to Canada’s role in the world.

Global Affairs Canada’s report, entitled “What We Heard”, mentions eight key elements that they heard over and over again, during consultations and in submissions, signaling that these could be the directions that they will follow when finalizing the new International Assistance Policy.


Civil society calls on Government to ensure climate commitments reach poorest and most vulnerable

Ottawa, November 18, 2016. Civil society organizations today expressed concern that Canadian climate finance is being implemented in ways that will not reach the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

“This year’s climate negotiations in Marrakesh represent a historical opportunity to kick-start the implementation of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by adopting equitable approaches that reflect the common but differentiated responsibilities of industrialized and developing economies,” said Julia Sanchez, President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC). “Almost a year since the funds were announced, however, new information about how Canada’s international climate finance will be implemented appear at odds with the real needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.”

 

CCIC welcomes launch of international assistance policy review and consultations

Ottawa, May 18, 2016. The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) welcomes the international assistance policy review process launched today in Copenhagen by Minister of International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau. This review process comes following the adoption of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda for Financing Development, Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change in 2015. It is timely for Canada to now signal the new directions and priorities it will take in response to these new agendas, and how this will enhance Canada’s leadership in addressing global challenges.

 

2016 CCIC Awards Recognize Innovative and Effective. Public Engagement Campaigns and Women's Rights Projects

Ottawa, May 11, 2016. At a special Awards Dinner taking place at the national Arts Centre, and in the context of its annual conference, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) awarded four prizes to Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) working in international development, in recognition of their innovative and effective projects.


Open Letter to the Prime Minister on Saudi arms deal authorization, co-signed by CCIC

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau:

We, the undersigned, wish to express our profound concerns about the issuance of export permits for Canada’s multi-billion dollar arms deal with Saudi Arabia, despite the flagrant incompatibilities of this contract with the human rights safeguards of our export controls.

To provide such a large supply of lethal weapons to a regime with such an appalling record of human rights abuses is immoral and unethical. The spirit and letter of both domestic export controls and international law support this view. The government has had every opportunity to uphold this position, but has chosen not to. We therefore ask the government to rescind the export permits, ensuring that this deal does not go ahead unless and until relevant human rights concerns have been resolved.

Human Rights organization ACORD receives the Betty Plewes Award

Ottawa, March 2016. The latest -and final- Betty Plewes Award has been given to Kenyan organization ACORD, in recognition of its stellar work in promoting and supporting human rights in Africa.  The announcement was made by the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC).

CCIC created the prize in 2000 to honour the exceptional contribution made by Betty Plewes while President-CEO of CCIC. Still active in the international development sector, Ms. Plewes has always been a passionate advocate for women’s rights. The Betty Plewes Award was created to highlight an African non-governmental organization engaged in research and policy development on issues of priority to women.

Canadian aid hasn’t really bounced back, says coalition

Ottawa – April 14, 2016. Provisional aid numbers for 2015, released today by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), show that Canadian Official Development Assistance (ODA) increased in 2015 in real terms from $4.240 billion the previous year to $4.965. The ODA to Gross National Income (GNI) ratio, which had hit 0.24 in 2014 – a low in the past two decades – bounced back to 0.28 percent. Reacting to the OECD report, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation suggested the numbers do not tell the whole story.

Is Canada really back? International development sector’s expectations shortchanged in Budget 2016

Ottawa – March 22, 2016. The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is disappointed by the modest increase in aid investments included in the federal budget unveiled today. After five years of significant decline in Canada’s investments for addressing global development challenges, and commitments made by the Liberal Party of Canada during the last election campaign, expectations were high to see the government reverse that decline. While the amounts committed for 2016 and 2017, of $128 million per year, do strengthen Canada’s position on the global stage in the short-term, they are not enough to position Canada as a leader on the global stage in the long term.

 

The Karen Takacs Award for Women’s Leadership in International Development: CCIC launches an award to celebrate the life and memory of an inspiring leader

Ottawa, March 10, 2016. In the context of its first ever Women Leaders’ Forum, CCIC honoured Karen Takac’s memory and leadership in the sector by launching the Karen Takacs Award for Women’s Leadership in International Development. The Award was received on her behalf by Karen’s spouse Pam Jolliffe, in the presence of several members of Karen’s family as well as dozens of friends and colleagues from the international development sector.

After Karen’s passing in 2015, the CCIC Board and staff were compelled to honour her invaluable contribution to the fight for social and economic justice, in particular  for women’s and girl’s rights, and her commitment to working cooperatively within the sector. By creating this award, CCIC wanted to celebrate the leadership she demonstrated throughout her career, and more specifically during her time as Chair of the Board of CCIC.


Women Making Change Soirée Highlights the Work of
Inspiring Leaders Who Are Contributing to a Better World


Ottawa, March 10, 2016. More than 150 leaders from the international development, environment, education and scientific communities, as well as Ministers, Members of Parliament  and senior bureaucrats, will meet today at the Canadian Museum of Nature to celebrate women’s leadership and to explore how they can work together to accelerate global change on environmental and poverty reduction issues. 

The event is co-hosted by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Museum of Nature. It is held in the context of CCIC’s first ever Women Leaders’ Forum, which is bringing together 50 participants from across Canada to Ottawa for two days of workshops on effective communications and advocacy.  


Speech from the Throne signals positive directions for protecting the environment and addressing climate change

Ottawa, December 4, 2015. As world leaders enter the last round of negotiation in Paris to finalize a new and ambitious agreement on climate change, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) welcomes the commitment reiterated today by the Canadian government to protect the environment, to reduce Canada’s carbon pollution and to invest in clean and green technologies.

“Canadian organizations working in international development and humanitarian assistance are well positioned to witness how climate change affects communities in developing countries” said Julia Sanchez, President-CEO of CCIC. “If you think about food security, health and migration, all these are impacted by extreme weather manifestations, such as droughts and typhoons, and put at risk all the gains made in development in the past 50 years”, she added.

 

Open letter to new Minister of International Development calls for ambitious role for Canada on the international scene

Ottawa, November 4, 2015. Today, shortly after members of the federal cabinet were sworn in, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) sent an open letter to the new Minister of International Development, The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, laying out some priorities for the new government.

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau ahead of the Throne Speech

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

On behalf of a broad cross-section of organizations dedicated to sustainable development, we would like to congratulate you on becoming Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister.

We are inspired by your deep commitment to restoring Canada’s leadership in the world and, in particular, to refocusing Canada’s aid efforts on poverty reduction and tackling inequality. Your commitment to the poorest and most in need will ensure that no one is left behind.

Please find attached a letter from almost 50 organizations in the international development and humanitarian community flagging three issues we are hoping you might reference in your forthcoming speech from the throne, and focus on in the coming years.

Letter to welcome Justin Trudeau as new Prime Minister

Dear Mr. Trudeau,

On behalf of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and its member organizations, we want to extend our most sincere congratulations to you for becoming Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, and to the Liberal Party of Canada for winning the recent Federal Election with a solid majority.

CCIC is the national umbrella organization that brings together the main Canadian civil society organizations working on global poverty and inequality as well as humanitarian assistance. This includes the eight provincial and regional councils for international development, extending our effective outreach to approximately 500 civil society organizations across the country. Our members work hand in hand with local partners in developing countries and have a sound knowledge of today’s challenges in relation to building a fair, equitable and sustainable world for all.

We are very encouraged by many of the specific commitments you have made and positions you have taken, both before and during the recent election campaign with respect to a number of critical global issues.

How will Canada's next government situate Canada in the world? The results from an all party survey

Ottawa, October 16, 2015. Today the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is releasing the results of a survey on Canada’s role in the world sent to the five main federal parties. The questionnaire was sent to party leaders on September 18th and CCIC received responses from all parties with the exception of the Conservative Party.

Within the context of the upcoming federal election, and the recent adoption at the UN of a new development agenda, CCIC wanted to hear from the leaders on how they plan to tackle poverty and inequality, at home and abroad. More specifically, the organization wanted to know how they will implement the new sustainable development goals – or global goals as they are being called – that were adopted at the United Nations on September 25 by 160 governments and heads of state.

Seeking political party to realize Canada’s global leadership potential

Ottawa, October 9 2015. With just over a week before the elections, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is disappointed with the limited attention given by political parties to global poverty issues. On October 16th, it will release a summary of responses from all parties on key international development questions.


Canadian Civil Society will be present at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit 2015

Ottawa, Sept.24, 2015. A delegation of Canadian representatives from civil society organizations is heading to New York City, where they will attend the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, from September 25 to 27.

After three years of inter-governmental negotiations, consultations with millions of people worldwide, and thousands of inputs from experts, United Nations’ (UN) member states will adopt Transforming our World.

“This is an exciting moment for all of us in Canada working on poverty and social justice issues”, said Julia Sanchez, the President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation. “The adoption and implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the global community
represents a real opportunity to address the biggest challenges of our time, such as inequality, extreme poverty and climate change” she added.

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation Recognizes Innovative and Effective Projects with Four Awards

Ottawa, May 19, 2015. On Wednesday May 13, in the framework of its annual conference, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) awarded four prizes to Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) working in international development, in recognition of their innovative and effective projects and their impact in developing countries.

“This year the central theme of our annual conference is the post-2015 agenda and the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, indicated President-CEO of CCIC Julia Sanchez. “Addressing inequality, tackling climate change and promoting women’s rights are all central themes of the new SDGs and this is also being recognized in the Awards” she added. 

International Cooperation Days 2015: Universal Goals, Canadian Challenges
Conference Tackles Inequality, Women’s Rights and Climate Change

Ottawa, May 6, 2015. The post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, inequality, women’s rights and climate change will all be on the agenda next week as leading international development experts from Canada and abroad gather in Gatineau, Quebec for a new edition of International Cooperation Days.

International Cooperation Days 2015: Universal Goals, Canadian Challenges, co-hosted by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP), will take place May 12 to 14 at the Palais des Congrès in Gatineau.

“2015 is a landmark year for the environment, social and economic development, and human rights,” said Julia Sanchez CCIC’s President-CEO and co-host of the conference. “This conference is an opportunity to enhance our understanding of the new sustainable development framework and explore how we, as Canadians, can play a leadership role on the global development scene so that we leave no one behind.

Canadian Organizations Mobilizing for the Nepali People

Ottawa, April 29, 2015. In the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Nepal, many member organizations of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) are already working to bring life-saving humanitarian aid to the region. With the number of deaths estimated at 5000, the injured estimated at above 9000, and with the numbers expected to rise, it is critical that aid reaches those in need as quickly as possible.

“Many of our members have years, if not decades, of experience working in Nepal,” says Julia Sanchez President-CEO of CCIC. “In times of great need, our members respond. CCIC members with expertise in water, sanitation and hygiene as well as those with expertise in logistics, health care and disaster response are on the ground in Nepal.”


Federal budget does little to tackle global poverty and inequality

Ottawa, April 22, 2015. The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) believes that Canada can and must do better to tackle global poverty and inequality, promote women’s rights and arrest climate change - all crucial challenges of our times. In this regard, it is disappointed by the lack of concrete measures in Budget 2015 to address these pressing global challenges at a time when opportunity is knocking at our door.

Budget 2015 contains no announcement to improve Canada’s performance in aid spending. With no planned increases to international assistance, Canada remains at the back of the pack in terms of its relative contribution to a more secure and prosperous world – currently sitting in 16th place out of 28 donor countries.


New government policy on partnering with civil society organizations receives enthusiastic reception at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation Leaders’ Forum


Ottawa, February 6, 2015. On February 5, at a Forum that gathered 100 leaders from Canada’s top international development and humanitarian organizations, the Honorable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and for La Francophonie, announced the launch of the “International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Civil Society Partnership Policy,” which was met with resounding applause from the participants at the Forum.

“This announcement marks a very positive turning point in the relationship between civil society organizations (CSOs) working in international development and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), “ said Jim Cornelius, Executive Director of the Canadian Foodgrains Bank and Chair of the Board of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC). “The Minister’s commitment to promoting and protecting an enabling environment for civil society in developing countries and to partnering with groups to achieve sustainable results are two key elements for Canada’s success abroad”, he added.



We Can Do Better 2015 Campaign Launched Today

Ottawa, February 5, 2015. Canada can do better in tackling inequality and climate change and promoting women’s rights. This was the message delivered today as leaders of Canadian international development organizations came to Parliament Hill to launch the “We Can Do Better 2015” campaign.

“Canada needs to provide decisive and positive leadership on reducing inequality, combating climate change and ensuring women's rights,” said Julia Sánchez, President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation. “Today, we are saying to all Canadians that we can do better to meet some of the greatest challenges of our times.”

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation welcomes new funding initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health by federal government

Ottawa, November 5 2014. The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is reacting positively to the funding announcement made earlier today by the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and for La Francophonie.

Minister Paradis announced an allocation of $ 370 million to the Partnerships for Strengthening Maternal, Newborn and Child Health call for proposals. This call will fund projects by Canadian groups working in developing countries over the next five years. This is a follow-up to Prime Minister Harper’s announcement in May of this year to continue championing the cause of maternal, newborn and child health as Canada’s top development priority.


In the fight against global poverty and inequality, the federal government needs to partner with Canadian organizations

Ottawa, August 14, 2014. The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is calling for a new, strategic partnership between Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) working in international development and the federal government, arguing that such a relationship is necessary to tackle global inequality and poverty effectively. The call comes the week after CCIC submitted its response to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development’s (DFATD) draft Civil Society Partnership Policy.

“This draft policy, recent funding announcements and roundtables, and statements reaffirming the centrality of civil society mark important first steps in an urgently-needed process to re-establish a constructive relationship between DFATD and  Canadian development and humanitarian organizations,” said Julia Sánchez, President-CEO of CCIC.



Lack of timely and predictable funding from DFATD having detrimental impact on developing countries as well as Canadian organizations

Ottawa, June 12, 2014. A new report launched today by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Inter-Council Network (ICN) of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation, establishes a direct link between the lack of support and funding opportunities from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) over the past three years, and a significantly reduced Canadian presence and impact in developing countries.

“Based on recent statements, we know that Minister of International Development Christian Paradis recognizes the important role that civil society organizations (CSOs) play in poverty reduction and promotion of good governance,” said Julia Sánchez, President-CEO of CCIC. “We now need to see that translated into actions.”

 

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation recognizes innovative and effective partnerships with four Awards

Ottawa, May 20, 2014. On Wednesday May 14, during its Annual Conference, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) awarded prizes to four Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs), in recognition of their achievements in innovative and effective partnerships for development.

“This year partnership was the central theme of our annual conference and the Awards recognize four successful and innovative partnerships. Partnerships are central to achieving sustainable development outcomes and transformative change”, said Julia Sanchez, president-CEO of CCIC.


Canadian Council for International Co-operation welcomes renewed engagement of government with development groups

Ottawa, May 15, 2014.  In a keynote address to a conference of hundreds of international development experts, practitioners and academics meeting in Ottawa, Minister of International Development, Christian Paradis, announced new funding for international youth internship programs, aboriginal internship programs and for the next five-year Volunteer Cooperation Program. He also recognized the specific and important role of civil society in development, and underscored his commitment to increase and enhance collaboration between his Ministry and civil society actors.

“We welcome the Minister’s recognition of the importance of civil society for development, and the much-awaited funding announcements”, commented Julia Sanchez, President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and co-organizer of the conference attended by the Minister.

 

CCIC welcomes Development Minister Paradis’ commitment
to protect and promote an enabling environment for civil society

Mexico City, April 18, 2014. The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) today welcomed a statement released by the Canadian Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Christian Paradis, following Canada’s participation at the first High-Level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC) in Mexico City.

“We are encouraged by this statement which both underscores the importance of civil society in reducing poverty and ensuring sustainable development and commits to protecting and promoting a series of rights which are essential for civil society to realize its diverse roles,” noted Julia Sánchez, President-CEO of CCIC. “Canada’s renewed commitment to this crucial aspect of the development effectiveness agenda is very welcome.”

 

Young Canadians will be able to continue to grow and learn: CCIC welcomes the renewal of the International Youth Internship Program

Ottawa, March 28 2014. It is with great enthusiasm (and a big sigh of relief!) that the Canadian Council for International Co-operation today learned of the renewal of both the International Youth Internship Program and the International Aboriginal Youth Internship by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD).

“We are happy that the government has recognized the value of these internships and how they have change the lives of countless Canadians, all the while equipping them with better tools to find jobs upon their return,” said Julia Sánchez, President-CEO of CCIC.

 

Canada/Colombia Free Trade Deal: Meaningless Consultation Process Sells Human Rights Short

Ottawa - Human rights, development, and labour groups have serious misgivings about the Canadian government’s commitment to carry out a meaningful assessment of the human rights impact of its controversial free trade agreement with Colombia, as is legally stipulated by annual reporting requirements in the agreement. 

Concerns were heightened when it came to light that government analysis for the 2014 report, due on or before May 15, would be based in part on an online consultation that lasts just six working days. A call for submissions by “interested parties” was quietly posted on a government webpage on March 19, 2014. The deadline given for submissions is six working days later on March 26, 2014. 

Minister Paradis to Address International Development Community

Ottawa - The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and Canadian Association of International Development Professionals  (CAIDP) are pleased to announce that the Honorable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, has accepted their invitation to address representatives of Canadian civil society organizations and other professionals working in international development.

“CCIC and CAIDP welcome this opportunity to engage in conversation with the Minister, and are encouraged by the interest he has demonstrated in reaching out to a diversity of stakeholders” said Pamela Branch, Member of the CAIDP Board.

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Joe Clark to Address International Development Community

Ottawa - The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and Canadian Association of International Development Professional (CAIDP) are pleased to announce that Rt. Hon. Joe Clark will be a keynote speaker at a conference they are jointly organizing in May in Ottawa, Ontario.

Mr. Clark will be addressing the attendees on what he believes are the missteps in Canada’s recent foreign policy and what Canada can do to best position itself for success in the future. This is subject of his latest book, How We Lead: Canada in a Century of Change, released by Random House Canada late in 2013. The conference, “Redefining Development Partnerships: A new Role for Canadians in Global Equality and Cooperation”, marks the first time that CCIC and CAIDP will be holding a joint conference. Other keynotes and panelists – from Canada and abroad – will be announced shortly.


Foreign Aid Budget Suffers No Further Cuts, But Charities to Face Stricter Rules?

Ottawa - It is a good-news federal budget for Canadians who care about international development, as Canada’s foreign aid budget suffered no further cuts.

But Canada’s international assistance envelope is still shrinking. In Budget 2012, the government announced that the international aid budget would be cut by almost 8% over a three year period. However, in 2012-13, $370 million was actually cut from Canada’s aid budget including roughly $290 million in unspent money that was returned to Treasury Board. This was much more than the anticipated $180.7 million for that year.

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation commends former CIDA for making the top ten in the Aid Transparency Index

Ottawa - On the first day of Global Transparency Week, the Aid Transparency Index was published, with Canada climbing to the 8th position out of 67 donor countries and organizations. The index, put out by Publish What You Fund – an independent advocacy group focusing on promoting greater aid transparency of major donors –recognizes that Canada is delivering on its commitments to more transparent development assistance. (October 28, 2013)


Creating Jobs, Helping Families a Good Thing—at Home and in Developing World: Government encouraged to use focus of Throne Speech to support communities in world’s poorest countries

Ottawa - Jobs, helping families and national pride—these are things the Government of Canada wants to promote, according to today’s Throne Speech. These are things that are important to Canadians. They are also important for people in developing countries and for the international development groups that work with them says Julia Sanchez, President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation. (October 16, 2013)


National platform welcomes CIDA/DFAIT merger legislation and looks forward to a strong Canadian commitment to poverty reduction

Ottawa - The federal government tabled Bill C-60 in Parliament yesterday, which contains the new legislation that will guide the amalgamation of the Canadian International Development Agency with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The new department is the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. (April 30, 2013)


Creating the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development: Benchmarks for more effective and coherent international development and humanitarian assistance

Ottawa - The Canadian Council for International Co-operation, in preparation for the legislation to implement the merger between CIDA and DFAIT, and in collaboration with other international development and humanitarian actors, has developed a set of benchmarks to inform our engagement with and analysis of the legal and key structural elements that will consolidate the amalgamation. (April 29, 2013)

CIDA being folded into DFAIT: The Canadian Council for International Co-operation concerned about CIDA’s mandate being watered down

Ottawa - Reacting to today’s announcement included in federal budget 2013 to amalgamate the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT) and CIDA, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) asks that CIDA’s core mandate and long experience in poverty reduction be preserved. (March 21, 2013)


Global launch of the icons representing the Istanbul Principles!


The Ontario Council for International Cooperation, in collaboration with the Canadian Council for International Co-operation and the Open Forum for CSO Development Effectiveness, used the CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal for the official global launch of the icons that will come to represent the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness. Developed for open to use by all, the Istanbul Principles icons are intended as a visual reference for those involved in development activities worldwide - particularly CSOs who created and are now putting the Istanbul Principles into practice. (September 6, 2012)


UN Human Rights Expert Puts Spotlight Back on Controversial Canada-Colombia FTA

Ottawa, Olivier De Schutter, a renowned human rights expert and the UN special Rapporteur for the Right to Food, will discuss human rights and trade and investment treaties at a public event tonight - a mere day before the Canadian government tables its first human rights impact report of the controversial Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). (May 14, 2012)

Summit of the Americas: An opportunity for Canada to reboot its troubled Americas Strategy, say NGOs

Ottawa - Canadian civil society organizations will be following this weekend’s Summit of the Americas closely, hoping to see Canada take on a stronger role in democratic governance, corporate accountability and human rights. Canada designated Latin America as a foreign policy priority in 2007, but its record of action to date has been narrowly focused on trade. (April 13, 2012)

Report unveils potentially devastating effects on Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) of CIDA’s new funding mechanism

Ottawa - A report documenting the impacts of the new funding mechanism at CIDA’s Partnerships with Canadians Branch on Canadian CSOs –and their partner organizations in developing countries- was launched today by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation and the Inter-Council Network. The report presents the results of a survey that was conducted in January 2012 and completed by 158 Canadian organizations involved in international development (March 2, 2012).

CIDA’s funding delays having a negative impact on Canadian organizations and on developing countries

Ottawa - CIDA, which represents the main source of funding for many Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) involved in international development, is months behind in announcing the results of its last calls for proposals, and it is seriously impacting the sector (December 6, 2011).


Canadian international development platform congratulates CIDA for stride forward on transparency

Ottawa - CCIC welcomes the announcement by CIDA that it has signed on to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), a commitment made by CIDA on the eve of the first day of the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. (November 29, 2011)

Seeking a New Deal between CIDA and Canadian NGO’s
Ottawa - CCIC is calling for a new Cooperation Agreement between CIDA and Canadian NGO's which would set out shared principles and commitments to support each other's work.
(March 21, 2011)

Out of Step with Canadian Values? International Priorities in Budget 2011
Stronger action is needed on Aid and climate change, not military spending.
(March 17, 2011)

Negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement continue between Canada and Honduras while the human rights situation deteriorates
Ottawa - International human rights experts and respected representatives of Honduran civil society organizations to appear before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (March 9, 2011).

Open Letter to the Minister of International Cooperation
Open letter to Minister Bev Oda about the new approach of Partnership with Canadians Branch.
(November 26, 2010)

Canada’s next step to increase aid effectiveness agenda falls short
Ottawa — Canada’s new approach to engage Canadians and organizations in international development might be a good thing, but it is the first time most Canadian international development organizations have heard about it. (July 29, 2010)

Government Called on to Be Transparent and Respect Democracy, Freedom of Expression
A new coalition, Voices-Voix, is sounding the alarm that the quality and health of democratic life in Canada is under serious threat. Voices-Voix released today its “Raise Your Voices” Declaration signed by human rights, women’s, labour, environment, student, faith-based and development organizations. (June 17, 2010)

Joint Statement Canada-Colombia Human Rights Deal “Empty”: Civil Society Leaders
Ottawa –The Liberals today closed ranks with the Conservatives in passing legislation that brought two years of vigorous public debate to an end—and finalized a free trade deal alongside a new human rights agreement with Colombia that civil society leaders say lowers the bar on human rights. (June 15, 2010)

CIDA Funding to CCIC Threatened
Canada’s Foreign Aid Community Risks Losing Strong Voice for World’s Poor
CIDA funding to the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), Canada’s pre-eminent coalition to end global poverty, is in doubt. A critical and well-respected voice for the world’s poor risks being silenced if funding to CCIC is cut off. (June 2, 2010)

Landmark Legislation Suffers from Lacklustre Implementation
Two years after passing the Official Development Assistance (ODA) Accountability Act the government has failed “to fulfill the Act’s spirit and the intention of parliament” according to a report released May 18, 2010.

Canada Turning Its Back on the World’s Poor: Foreign Aid Spending Hit Hard by Federal Budget
Canada is turning its back on the world’s poor. Today, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty announced that there will be no further planned increases to foreign aid.  “What was needed from this government was a commitment to the world’s poor who are suffering most as a result of the global financial crisis,” says Gerry Barr, President-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC). “Instead, what we got was a turning of our backs on the poorest and most vulnerable in developing countries.” (March 4, 2010)

Poverty, Climate Change and Financial Reform Must be on G8-G20 Agenda.
Representatives of Canadian anti-poverty and environment groups will brief the media on January 26 from 10:00 to 11:00 am in the National Press Theatre on Canadian civil society priorities for the G8 and G20 Summits. Poverty, climate change and the economic crisis, issues threatening the lives of millions around the globe, must be tackled at the G8-G20 Summits. (January 22, 2010)

19 Canadian aid groups press for action at Montreal conference
International leaders gathering in Montreal to discuss the future of Haiti's reconstruction must press for the participation of Haitian people, promote the interests of women and youth and coordinate their efforts under UN leadership, Canadian aid agencies urged today. (January 25, 2010)

Open letter to Minister for International Cooperation
We are writing this open letter, on behalf of the 90 members of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), to express the sector’s deep shock and dismay at recent events concerning the defunding of KAIROS.  First, that a long-standing and highly-respected CCIC member was falsely and publicly labelled as anti-Semitic by a Government Minister. Second, that despite earlier responses to KAIROS and to Parliament, it has been revealed that a plainly political rationale was applied in your decision to de-fund KAIROS as a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) partner.
(December 21, 2009)

Canada Urged to Reject "Controversial Elections" in Honduras
A coalition of Canadian development, church, labour and human rights organizations are calling on the Canadian government not to join the US in recognizing the controversial elections to be held in Honduras on November 29—and are calling for further action to strengthen democracy in the Central American nation.
(November 27, 2009)

Canadian Development Organizations Respond to Canada’s Auditor General - CCIC agrees with the Auditor General's report when it notes that international development requires stability, predictability and timely decision making, unfortunately, that’s not what we’re getting.
(November 3, 2009) 

Prominent Canadians Ask Ignatieff to Put Human Rights Before Free Trade in ColombiaOver 50 prominent individuals and organizations have sent Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff a letter urging him to help stop the ratification of the proposed Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement until a full and independent human rights impact assessment can be carried out. (April 30, 2009)

A Civil Society Prescription for Canada at the 5th Americas Summit, Trinidad, 17-19 April, 2009 - The 5th Americas Summit represents an important crossroads for Canadian policy in this hemisphere. That's the message in a statement from the Americas Policy Group (APG). (April 15, 2009)

Make Civilian Security in Afghanistan a NATO Summit Priority, CCIC Urges PM - In a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the eve of the Strasbourg NATO Summit (3-4 April), CCIC President and CEO, Gerry Barr, urges him to take a leadership role in "promoting measures to increase the safety and protection of civilians caught in the conflict, and in particular those involved with development and humanitarian work inside Afghanistan." (April 1, 2009)

CCIC Releases Analysis of Colombia Free Trade Deal - CCIC is releasing an analysis of the text of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, tabled by the federal government in Parliament. Making a Bad Situation Worse, was compiled by CCIC in collaboration with the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers, the Canadian Labour Congress and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (March 26, 2009)

World's Poor - Hardest Hit by Global Financial Crisis - Missing from Federal Budget - The global financial crisis will be a devastating human tragedy for the world's poor, but unfortunately there was no mention of foreign aid in the Federal Budget. (January 27, 2009)

Signing Free Trade Pact With Colombia Presents Grave Human Rights Concerns - Amnesty International and Canadian Council for International Co-operation are deeply concerned that the free trade agreement between Canada and Colombia has been signed without regard for the widespread and very serious human rights violations that continue to be the daily reality in Colombia. (November 24, 2008)

Canada Must Not Turn Its Back on the Democratic Republic of Congo - Peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) remains illusory, despite a number of on-going peace efforts. Unless the international community, including Canada, remains engaged, the country runs the risk of being subsumed by violence, according to a report released by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC). (report) (PDF 187 Kb) (November 12, 2008)

Foreign Aid Failing to Help End Global Poverty According to Reality of Aid Report - Foreign aid, in both its quality and quantity, is failing to help end global poverty according to a report. (backgrounder) (PDF 84 Kb) (September 11, 2008)

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