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ACF brings together more than 40 Canadian NGOs that have a specific interest in development issues and social justice in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Africa-Canada Forum

The Africa-Canada Forum brings together more than 40 NGOs, churches, unions and solidarity groups from across Canada that have a specific interest in development issues and social justice in sub-Saharan Africa. 


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Introduction to the Africa-Canada Forum (ACF)

Working Group Value-Added Statement (PDF)

Click here for ACF Action Plan 2016-2017 (PDF)


GAC and CCIC-ACF Dialogue 2017: Report on Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa

On October 12, 2017, the Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) organized a half-day dialogue meeting in Ottawa on the Feminist International Assistance Policy. This event was part of a series of dialogue meetings between the two groups that began in December 2015. The main goal of these exchanges is to create a space where ACF and GAC can discuss and collaborate on issues related to Africa, leveraging expertise on both sides.

We are pleased to share with you the joint report prepared by CCIC and GAC staff.

GAC and CCIC-ACF Open Dialogue 2017


Parliamentary Strategy Workshop for members of the Africa-Canada Forum
November 22, 2016 | Ottawa
On November 22, 37 members of CCIC’s Regional Working Groups gathered at the offices of WUSC in Ottawa to learn more on how to build successful relationships with Members of Parliament and advocate effectively for their issues. Both newcomers and experienced members expressed their satisfaction with the analysis of the current political context provided by Velma McColl, Managing Principal at Earnscliffe Strategy Group and by Shaughn McArthur, Advocacy and Government Relations Advisor at CARE Canada. They also appreciated the hands-on tips provided by political staffer Tom Allen, Assistant to MP Cheryl Hardcastle. And the highlight of the workshop was the candid discussion with special guest Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West — Nepean. The workshop ended with separate strategy sessions for each region: The Americas, Africa and Asia-Pacific.


CCIC's Regional Working Groups are now on social media!
September 2016
Building on a number of existing initiatives, the RWGs have a new communication outreach strategy, with the goal of improving communications amongst members to help them share and network, enhance publicity for their events and campaigns, get their issues on decision makers’ radars and improve their outreach to the public. The RWGs plan to do this through a new shareable calendar and social media engagement. The RWGs will now tweet and share through CCIC’s social media presence, using personalized hashtags for each region (#CCICAmericas, #CCCIAmériques, #CCICAfrica, #CCCIAfrique, #CCICAsiaPacific, #CCCIAsiePacifique).


CCIC and ACF members at The World Social Forum
August 2016 | Montreal
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.


The Africa-Canada Forum Annual Meeting and IAR consultations
June 9-10, 2016 | Ottawa
The Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) held its annual meeting on June 9 and 10.  Forty members gathered at the office of the Canadian Labour Congress in Ottawa to discuss current issues in Africa and to prepare a strategic plan for the working group.  The key moment of the event was the consultation on peace and security with Global Affairs Canada. The members of the ACF made recommendations to the government to rethink its policies and its international aid programs in order to make them more innovative, efficient and relevant. These recommendations were included in CCIC's submission.


Whose rights are we protecting? Public forum on Trade, Investments and Human Rights
June 7, 2016 | Ottawa
On June 7th, the three CCIC regional working groups organized a public forum on trade and investment agreements and their impact on human rights and the environment. Sanya Reid-Smith, legal advisor at Third World Network, Maude Barlow of the Council of Canadians and the lawyer Steven Shrybman all participated in the debate. The event, which took place in a room filled to capacity, helped to raise awareness about the negative impact of these agreements and to propose alternatives.  The report Whose rights are we protecting? is available in both English and French. This forum was the culmination of the collective work of the Americas Policy Group, the Africa-Canada Forum and the Asia Pacific Working Group.   The regional working groups are inviting the public to get involved by visiting this website:

Sexual violence against women in Mali and Ivory Coast 
October 6, 2015 | Ottawa 
Africa-Canada Forum, in collaboration with Lawyers without Borders Canada (LWBC) and the International Bureau of Children’s rights (IBCR), are pleased to have hosted a round-table to exchange with Ms Fatimata Touré, President of the Research, Study, Training Women in Action (GREFFA) organization, and Ms Aimée Zebeyoux, President of the Ivory Coast Association of Jurists (AFJCI), on the main issues and their experiences relating to the accompaniment of women victim of sexual violence in Mali and Ivory Coast. Philippe Tremblay, IBCR’s Program and Development Director for the Americas, North Africa and the Middle East, and Gaël Pétillon, LWBC’s Legal Advisor, presented the conclusions of a jointly organized Forum held in October 2015: “Sexual Violence: what accompaniment for victims?».

ACF – DFATD Meeting - Annual Dialogue 
December 7, 2015 | Ottawa 
Africa-Canada Forum members are invited to participate in our annual meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. This meeting presents an opportunity to promote open dialogue on Africa issues / priorities and engagement in the region. This year's meeting is highlighted by seven break out groups on a variety of thematic areas of interest to both parties. Thematic areas explored will include: Private Sector in Development; Food Security; Skills Development and Education; Innovation in MNCH; Gender Equality and Women's Economic Empowerment; Conflict Prevention and Development and Climate Change and Environmental Justice. 

Please note this meeting is open to CCIC and ACF members only.

For information on how to become a member or to register, please contact Fraser Reilly-King:

Cancelled - Registration for Africa-Canada Forum’s Annual Colloquium is Open!
October 21, 2015 | Ottawa
The Africa-Canada Forum’s Annual Colloquium on "Strengthening Solidarity: Building Bridges between Programming and Advocacy Work" has regrettably been cancelled.


Burundi in Turmoil: Implications for Peace and Democracy at National and Regional Levels?  
July 6, 2015 | Ottawa

The Africa-Canada Forum and Equitas hosted a round-table discussion on the current state of Burundi and the efficiency of internationally-led human rights and peace-building interventions. After a decade of relative peace and stability and a hope for a genuine democratic system based on power-sharing mechanisms, another very bleak chapter in the violent history of Burundi has begun. The small and land-locked East African country is back in the medias headlines, expressing concerns and risks of civil war. Political and civil society organizations have called for peaceful demonstrations across the country and abroad. Demonstrations are followed by police repression and decent by the ruling party. The youth wing is progressively seen as a militia group.  In such a regimented society people voices are silenced and those who speak out are harassed and illegally arrested.

We welcomed René Claude Niyonkuru for a candid discussion. René works with “Association pour la Paix et les Droits de l’Homme”, a Burundian civil society organisation working to promote peace and human rights in Burundi. 

A PowerPoint of the presentation can be found here

Africa-Canada Forum welcomed Presbyterian World Service and Development’s Malawian Partners | April 1, 2015 | Ottawa
The Africa-Canada Forum welcomed six Malawian partners from PWSD. We had a candid informal learning session on their Farmer-to-Farmer Agro-ecology participatory research project, which can help improve food security and nutrition in Malawi. Building on past achievements, the project is scaling-up the intervention to support rural Malawians in building sustainable, healthy, equitable, resilient communities, using farmer-led, participatory research, ecological approaches to farming, local indigenous knowledge and democratic processes, while addressing economic, health and social inequalities at the household, community and national levels in Malawi.




Religious Fundamentalisms Impact on Women’s Rights in Africa
April 21, 2015, Ottawa

The Africa-Canada Forum (ACF), one of the working groups of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies from Carlton University, organized a one day learning event on religious fundamentalisms and their impact on women’s rights in Africa. This forum discussed the impact of different forms of religious fundamentalism on women’s rights in Africa from the perspectives of academia, African civil society and Canadian civil society organizations (CSO). The day opened with an overview of religious fundamentalisms and their specific impact on women’s rights. We then analyzed the issues through case studies examining Islam and Christianity.


Concept note 

Video documentation available:

Shareen Gokal (AWID): Overview of religious fundamentalisms & impact on women’s rights

Fahima Hashim and Erin J. Augis: Islamic Fundamentalisms and Women (Sudan, Sénégal)

Benoît Kungua and Pius Adesanmi: Christian Fundamentalisms and Women's Rights in sub-Saharan Africa

Letter of Recommendation for Political Parties Election Platforms

In January 2015, the Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) attended a consultation between the Liberal Party of Canada and the Africa Study Group, on the relationship between Canada and Africa.  The ACF developed a series of recommendations, through consultation, which were subsequently sent to the Liberal Party of Canada, the Conservative Party of Canada and the New Democratic Party. The letter is available to members of the ACF. If you are member of the forum and would like a copy of the letter please e-mail Kimberly MacMillan ( 

ACF-DFATD Meeting Report 
On October 30, 2014, members of the Africa-Canada Forum met with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development to learn about each other’s priorities and deepen the dialogue on a variety of thematic areas. Both DFATD and the ACF have agreed to hold another meeting in the next year to for an annual update of changes in priorities and focus areas. A report of the meeting is available here

The Africa Rising Narrative & Partnering With the Private Sector:
Analysis from Ousainou Ngum, Executive Director of
October 16, 2014, 5-7:00 pm | Saint Paul’s University, Ottawa
Guigues Hall - 223 rue Main Street, Ottawa
Alumni Amphitheatre Room 1124, Ground floor

The Africa Rising narrative has been adopted by government and non-government institutions with the goal contributing to structural transformation in Africa - which is guided by  economic principles. Ousainou Ngum provides a critical analysis, from a civil society perspective, on the Africa Rising Narrative and the structures, drivers and determinants of inequalities and how inequalities are currently being addressed within the global context. In addition, he will touch upon how African civil society organizations are approaching partnerships with multi-national corporations.

This public event is organized in collaboration with the Africa Study Group and Africa-Canada Forum.

Please register at the following link

If you have any further inquiries, please contact Louise Ouimet ( or Kimberly MacMillan (

Africa-Canada Forum Kiosk @ Career Day – University of Montreal
November 11, 2014, 10:30-1:30pm | Pavilion 3200 Jean-Brillant-2nd floor
The Africa-Canada Forum, along with CCIC’s regional working groups will present itself at the University of Montreal’s career fair. Come visit us!

Africa-Canada Forum Kiosk @ One World Film Festival

September 26, 2014, 5:30-11pm | Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
The One World Film Festival is showcasing two films touching on the importance of National Parks in Africa. Come join us to watch Virunga and Song From the Forest, followed by a discussion with the Jane Goodall Institute and Kairos. The Africa-Canada Forum will share information with the community at a kiosk in the main hall. Stop by to ask for information!

Registration for Africa-Canada Forum’s Annual Colloquium is Open!
October 14-15, 2014
Ottawa ACF’s Annual Colloquium will be hosted in Ottawa on October 14-15. The theme of the conference is “Building Partnerships to tackle Inequality: opportunities and challenges for African and Canadian CSOs”. The coordination committee that is helping to make this event a success is comprised of L’Œuvre Léger, Oxfam Canada, Inter Pares and CCIC. Find more information here. If you have any further inquiries, please contact Kimberly MacMillan (

Upcoming ACF-DFATD meeting
October 30, 2014, 1:00pm to 4:00pm | Ottawa
Africa Canada Forum members are invited to participate in a meeting with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development on October 30, 2014. This meeting presents an opportunity to touch base on DFATD's priorities in Africa, talk about the merger process and to discuss issues that are of particular interest to civil society organizations. This meeting will include the participation of people from the three branches of DFATD: foreign affairs, trade and development. The agenda will be designed in the coming months and the content will be drawn from our ACF-DFATD April 15th meeting.

Please note this meeting is open to CCIC and ACF members only.

For information on how to become a member or to register, please contact Kimberly MacMillan:

Ethics: Exploring and Rethinking Traditional Approaches to Corruption Prevention and Building Integrity in Tanzania
July 27, 2014, 12:00-1:30pm | In Person or Webinar
Paul Maillet is a consultant currently involved with a project to build an ethics secretariat in the office of the president in Tanzania. This project aims to reach 10,000 political and public service leaders, through education and engaging the Meta environment (business, academic, sectors, civil society and the public service), around leadership in both formal and informal accountability. This in person event and webinar will explore ethics in Africa, alternative approaches and challenges to corruption prevention, building integrity and accountability. In addition, we will touch base on exploring the geo-political context around the Tanzanian case study.

PLEASE NOTE that the event has been filmed, click here to watch. Follow along with the power point slides!

Transition from Emergency Humanitarian Relief to Long Term Development in the Philippines and South Sudan
June 9,  2014 | Toronto
The Africa-Canada Forum, the Asia-Pacific Working Group and PAGER collaborated in hosting this event on the topic of transition from relief to recovery. More specifically: the transition of emergency humanitarian relief to long term development in the Philippines and South Sudan. Jess Agustin (Development and Peace) spoke about the work of his organization in the Philippines after the devastation left by typhoon Yolanda while Jim Davis (Kairos) shared his perspective on the dire situation in South Sudan. The panel was moderated by Julian Murray, an experienced consultant in international development and humanitarian assistance who worked with the UNHCR and CIDA for many years.

PLEASE NOTE that the event has been filmed, click here to watch

Seminar, Webinar and Networking Event: Africa and the Post-2015 Agenda
16 May 2014 | Ottawa
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) collaborated in hosting a seminar, webinar and lunch networking session on Africa and the post-2015 process. Our guest, Sering Falu Njie, Deputy Director of the UN Millennium Campaign, focused in particular on issues such as inequality in the African context, the African common position on post-2015, and financing for the post-2015 agenda specific to African needs.

Mining in South  Kivu – DR Congo

April 29, 2014 | Ottawa
L’Entraide missionaire in collaboration with the ACF and Kairos hosted a discussion on Mining in South  Kivu – DR Congo What is the future for artisanal miners after the adoption of anti ‘’conflict minerals’’ regulations in the USA and Europe and mabye in Canada? More than half a million of artisanal miners, not criminals, have made their living out of this informal and dangerous work in the Kivus. How is this local economic dynamic reacting now? Are there new perspectives for these thousands of newly unemployed? This discussion provides insight into the situation in the Kivu and discuss the negative impacts of genuine initiatives adopted far away from the reality of the field. Our guest, Didier de Failly sj, Director of the Bureau d’études scientifiques et techniques (BEST) based in Bukavu South-Kivu. This researcher and his team BEST has done extensive research about about the ‘’diggers’’ life and the regional repercussions of this major informal economy.

ACF – DFATD Meeting - The Beginning of a Renewed Dialogue

April 15, 2014 | Ottawa
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.

International Investment Agreement Workshop

March 26, 2014 | Ottawa
The ACF, along with CCIC’s two other regional working groups  hosted a half day learning workshop on international investment agreements. The speakers of this workshop: Penelope Simons and Tony VanDuzer, authors of the book “Integrating Sustainable Development into International Investment Agreements: A Guide for Developing Country Negotiators”. This event was an opportunity for members to learn more about investment agreements and how they can be improved to foster sustainable development.

The ACF appeared on the Panel “Author Meets Reader” Series

February 27, 2014 | Ottawa
The ACF participated in Carleton Universities Faculty of Public Affairs “Author Meets Reader” series reviewing the book Canada-Africa Relations: Looking Back, Looking Ahead , contributors explore Canada and Africa’s rich history, taking stock of what has been accomplished. This volume offers recommendations for a more strategically beneficial Canada-Africa partnership in areas including trade and investment, democracy and nation-building, development aid, governance, corporate social responsibility — especially in the natural resource sector where Canadian firms are heavily invested — and regional security. Panelists included Chris Brown, Lawrence Cumming and Kimberly MacMillan.





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