MEDIA STATEMENT: The Canadian Council for International Co-operation Reacts to the Proposed Cuts on International Assistance in the Conservative Electoral Platform

MEDIA STATEMENT: The Canadian Council for International Co-operation Reacts to the Proposed Cuts on International Assistance in the Conservative Electoral Platform

Ottawa, ON (OCT 1, 2019) – The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is concerned about the 25% cut to Official Development Assistance (ODA) proposed in the Conservative Party of Canada’s electoral platform released today. In a letter sent to CCIC on June 7th, 2018, Andrew Scheer indicated: “I believe in the inherent benefits of development assistance to Canadians and the world. Conservatives are committed to strengthening Canada’s record on foreign aid.”  This aligns with public support highlighted from a recent survey:  81% of Canadians agree that Canada should do its fair share along with other countries to help developing countries.

International development and humanitarian assistance are important parts of Canada’s global leadership that contribute to visible impacts. For example, South Korea went from a major aid recipient to an important trading partner for Canada and the world. In as little as 25 years, although there is still much to do, Rwanda, after suffering a vicious genocide, has gone from crisis to great strides in social and economic development. 

The Conservative Party has a long history of leadership in international development and humanitarian assistance. The G8 Muskoka Initiative for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH) launched in 2010 by the Conservative government was widely acclaimed in Canada and abroad. CCIC welcomes further discussions with the Conservative Party of Canada on international assistance, and how Canada can continue to be a global leader in a fast changing and interconnected world.

CCIC published a media advisory and a fact sheet outlining some key figures on Canada’s role in international assistance. We also sent a survey to leaders of federal political parties on their positions regarding international co-operation issues. We invite all parties to submit their answers. The results will be published on our site here.

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About the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC)
The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s national association representing international development and humanitarian organizations. Together with our member organizations, CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. CCIC is committed to making this goal a public priority and to encouraging the actions necessary to make a poverty-free world a reality.

Media Contact:
Thida Ith, Media and Communications Officer
tith@ccic.ca / Phone: (613) 241-7007 ext. 343/ Cell phone: (437) 779-0883

Canada is celebrating Gender Equality Week from September 23 to 27, 2019

Canada is celebrating Gender Equality Week from September 23 to 27, 2019

The theme for Gender Equality Week is Gender equality benefits everyone, inspired by the vision of a gender equal society and the benefits of advancing gender equality to women, men and people of all gender identities. When we make progress towards gender equality, #EveryoneBenefits!

Throughout the week, CCIC will be showcasing some of the work our members are doing to advance gender equality. Visit our site often to learn more.

Gender Equality Week is the result of Bill C-309, the Gender Equality Week Act, which received Royal Assent on June 21, 2018. This legislation designates the fourth week in September as Gender Equality Week. To learn more about the campaign, visit the Status of Women Canada page.

New CCIC Member: MEDA

New CCIC Member: MEDA

We are happy to welcome MEDA as CCIC’s newest member! MEDA – Mennonite Economic Development Associates – is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty.

Since 1953, MEDA (Mennonite Economic Development Associates) has been implementing effective market-driven programs globally.  MEDA combines innovative private sector solutions with a commitment to the advancement and empowerment of excluded, low-income and disadvantaged communities (including women and youth) with core expertise in market systems and value chains, climate-smart agriculture, financial services, and impact investment. MEDA partners with local private, public and civil society actors, strengthening individuals, institutions, communities and ecosystems, and thereby contributing to sustainable and inclusive systemic change.

MEDA works to:

  • Alleviate poverty
  • Support sustainable business growth and livelihoods
  • Help women move into more valued and equitable roles in their economies
  • Support businesses and small entrepreneurs gain access to financial services including investment, adopt clean technologies/climate-smart approaches, and minimize their environmental footprint
  • Improve local economies

 

For more information, visit their website here.

Global Week of Action to #StandTogetherNow

Global Week of Action to #StandTogetherNow

From 20 to 27 September 2019, people will be mobilizing across the world for the Global Week of Action and calling on world leaders to commit to equality, civic space and environmental and climate justice.

CCIC has signed on the statement to stand together to ensure that we move towards a just, peaceful and sustainable world by 2030.

Go to the campaigns site here and join the movement by signing the statement, and make sure to follow and use the hashtag #StandTogetherNow on social media from 20-27 September.

Full membership of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector Announced

Full membership of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector Announced

On August 23, 2019, the Government of Canada announced the full membership of the Advisory Committee on the Charitable Sector (ACCS). Many members of this committee are well known individuals of the charitable sector. CCIC welcomes this announcement and looks forward to learning more about the important work they will do.

Formed in response to the recommendations of the Consultation Panel on the Political Activities of Charities, and the Social Innovation and Social Finance Co-Creation Steering Group, the ACCS is co-chaired by the charitable sector and the Canada Revenue Agency and will provide advice to the Government on important and emerging issues facing the sector.

To read more on the Advisory committee on the charitable sector, go to Canada Revenue Agency’s website.