The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s independent national voice for international development. Together with 80+ member organizations, CCIC seeks to end global poverty and promote social justice and human dignity for all.
CCIC is committed to making this goal a public and political priority and to encouraging the actions necessary to make a poverty-free world a reality.
History of CCIC
CCIC was established in 1968 in Ottawa, under its first executive director Angus Archer, and with a clear mission statement: to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all.
The organization focused its first steps on establishing clear networks with the government and membership partners through publications, meetings and consultations. Many of the activities concentrated on events ran by the humanitarian agencies of the United Nations, as well as public engagement. The goal was to engage the government delegations who attended those conferences through direct lobbying on site, while running public advocacy campaigns in Canada.
One of CCIC’s successful public engagement campaigns was “Miles for Millions,” originally introduced in 1967, in which a group of student volunteers visited local schools and gave presentations on international development issues. The purpose of this project was to raise awareness among youth and to inspire young Canadians to get involved with the NGO sector in Canada.
Having received its first generous grant of $80,000 in 1971, CCIC funded the Development Education Animateurs Program (DEAP) for four consecutive years. The idea was to send a number of enthusiastic participants across the country to run educational development activities for Canadians nationwide, an initiative that allowed CCIC to establish its first provincial offices.
CCIC faced a major financial crisis in 2008 and 2009 when the newly elected government withheld funding of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and stopped supporting environmental and human rights projects. As a result of this, CCIC was deprived of its dominant revenue stream and had to halt the majority of its programming.
In order to recover from the crisis, a total restructuring of CCIC took place, including the nomination of Julia Sánchez as the President-CEO of the organization in 2011. Eager to bring CCIC back on its feet, Julia recovered relations with the government, improved the organization’s corporate image, and established a brand-new membership system that satisfied members and circumvented dependency on government funding.
CCIC is proud of the achievements and the immense impact it has been able to make globally. With the support of its passionate and determined team, its loyal member organizations, and its engaged partner organizations, CCIC looks forward to celebrating another 50 years of collaboration and co-operation in international development.
CCIC Strategic Plan 2018 – 2023
CCIC’s Strategy 2018-2023 recognizes and responds to the challenges this landscape presents. Just as important, it acknowledges and advances the inherent opportunities: to enhance our sector’s engagement with local, domestic, and global actors in a spirit of inclusion and solidarity; to lead and inform our sector in maximizing our impact as development actors; and to catalyze new and dynamic approaches to programming, policy, and organization.
With this vision, CCIC positions itself to continue being a leader in and for Canadian civil society, and a champion for a fairer, more sustainable, and safer world.
President - CEO
Efficiency Guru / Governance liaison
Policy, Research & Practice
Finance and Administration
Policy Team Lead
Public Affairs & Member Services
Member Engagement Officer
Manager, Community Development & Events
Humanitarian Response Network
PSEA – Preventing Sexual Exploitation & Abuse
Ana de Oliveira
Board of Directors 2019-2020
mission inclusion / Co-Chair
Pacific Peoples’ Partnership/ Co-Chair
Northern Council for Global Cooperation / Treasurer
Coady Institute - Women and Indigenous Programming
Islamic Relief Canada
SOS Children’s Villages
Plan International Canada
Avocats Sans Frontières
British Columbia Council for International Cooperation
Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation
“CCIC plays an exceedingly useful role as the umbrella, bringing together diverse CSOs in dialogue with one another, and in providing overarching analysis around ‘big picture’ issues relating to global development.”