CCIC applauds federal investment of $300 million to support a global response to COVID-19

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) applauds today’s federal government announcement of an allocation of $300 million in funding to support the much-needed global response to the COVID-19 crisis. Today’s announcement includes $120 million to support the development of and access to vaccines, diagnostics and treatment for COVID-19 including $100 M to the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator* and $20 million for the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), as well as $18million for humanitarian response. These contributions are a welcome next step in support of a global response to the COVID pandemic following a previous investment of $159.9 million made on April 5 

As cases across the continent of Latin America and the Caribbean have exceeded two million and cases in Africa are now passing 200,000, there is an urgent need to address the needs of the most vulnerable and ensure that Canada takes a lead in stopping the spread of the pandemic as well as its secondary impacts everywhere; not just at homeCanada’s announcement today is an important first step in that.   

“There is a pressing need to invest in stopping COVID-19 everywhere through an equitable global response,” said Nicolas Moyer, CEO of CCIC. “The needs in low- and middle-income countries are complex and extend beyond global health measures to food security, access to education, sexual health, reproductive rights and beyond. Canada’s commitment today is an essential step in ensuring that we leave no one behind.”  

As Canada continues to invest in responding to the pandemic at home, we must also support our partners around the world in their response.  With this new funding, Canada’s contribution to the global COVID response represents less than 0.25% of the federal government’s domestic response spending. We know that to slow the spread of the pandemic Canada’s contributions must extend beyond our bordersCCIC looks forward to continued and additional investments and engagement on the part of the government in contributing to the world’s global COVID-19 response.  

CCIC member organizations are active around the globe aiding communities at risk in this pandemic. CCIC and its members look forward to continuing to work with the federal government to support global efforts to address and mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. 

*The Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator is a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable access to new COVID-19 diagnostics, therapeutics, and vaccines.   


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CCIC and Global Affairs Canada Partnering to Enhance Canada’s International Assistance

CCIC and Global Affairs Canada Partnering to Enhance Canada’s International Assistance

CCIC is collaborating with GAC to help shape and improve Canadian international assistance, by implementing the Feminist International Assistance Policy and streamlining funding agreements and processes. CCIC leverages its national membership to inform GAC decisions and processes through three key working groups: the Task Force for Increasing Effectiveness (TAFIE), CCIC Chief Financial Officer Working Group, and Civil Society Policy Advisory Group (CPAG).

Please consult the infosheet below to understand why these groups exist, who is involved, what they are doing, and how CCIC members can participate.


Civil Society Policy Advisory Group (CPAG)


Task Force on Increasing Effectiveness (TAFIE)


Chief Financial Officer Working Group


CCIC Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct

The CCIC Leaders’ Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct represents our shared commitment as Canada’s global development and humanitarian leaders to ensure the full implementation of practices and policies that will protect and respond to our own staff, volunteers and the communities we serve. As a sector, we recognize our duty of care to all the people we work with, which is further amplified by power imbalances inherent in our work. We are committed to creating safe and respectful workplaces and programs that promote gender equality and are free from gender-based violence, including by addressing and responding to all abuse of power, holding people to account, and protecting the vulnerable.


Read all about it here.


 Students across Canada are invited to submit a proposal for Regional Event 2018-2019. The overall purpose of this initiative is to provide opportunities for learning and professional development that bring students, scholars and practitioners together around current issues and themes in international development. As part of the CASID and CCIC collaboration, Next Generation: Collaboration for development program, this year regional events are intended as spaces to stimulate multi-sectoral discussions and learning. This year, we aim to support at least eight student-led regional events across Canada.


This call for proposals is for events that will take place before the end of August 2019, including, but not limited to, those to be held during International Development Week in February. The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2018. The proposals will be assessed based on the criteria below. Selected proposals will qualify for up to $1,000 of funding, to cover logistics costs, travel and/or external speaker fees. Funding will be disbursed after the event upon submission of original receipts and fulfillment of the reporting requirements. Alternative arrangements may be considered. It is hoped that the event organizers will make every effort to contribute their own funds through other sources


  • Events should be inclusive and collaborative
    The purpose of this fund is to encourage collaboration among academics, practitioners and policy makers, in the spirit of the Next Generation program. Successful applications will prioritize this aim. Both graduate and undergraduate students may apply. It is important to indicate what level and number of students and faculty will be involved.


  • One or more event organizers should be members in good standing of CASID


  • Events should be feasible and interesting
    Topics should be timely and clearly relevant to international development studies. Proposals should include a plan of activities, speakers, and a budget that is feasible and realistic


Proposals should be 1-2 pages long, indicating title, location, rationale, objectives, and demonstrating the above criteria. Applications should include a plan for an evaluation of the event. CASID and the Next Generation program will work with successful applicants to ensure that the evaluation plan meets our requirements. Successful applicants will be required to submit a technical and narrative report after the event. We encourage applications from universities that have not previously received a grant. Notification of a funding decision will be made by December 18, 2018. Please forward your questions, comments, and applications by email to the Regional Event Coordinator at: