Calling Out Internet Scams

Warning: Fraudulent use of CCIC name and identity


Ottawa, January 7, 2020 – CCIC advises the public that it has become aware of a fraudulent use of its name and image.  CCIC has become aware of a website using replicated content from our real site to solicit payments for fake scholarships and collect payments from unsuspecting applicants. This misrepresentation is a scam.


We seek to alert our partners and followers, and indeed all visitors to our website, that CCIC will continue to be vigilant and vocal in calling out such fraudulent activity. We are taking appropriate measures to request that this fake website be taken down.


If you have any doubts about the authenticity of a website, read this article and try tools here and here.


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Member Benefit: Via Rail Discount Code

Member Benefit: Via Rail Discount Code

As a CCIC member organization, employees can access a members-only discount code on travel with Via Rail. CCIC has partnered with Via Rail to encourage our members to travel by rail to our events, but also in your everyday travel needs. This is just one benefit to being a member of CCIC, among the many others that can be found here. 


Why use the CCIC discount code?  

Environmentally-friendly travel: The train is more sustainable than flying or driving, in terms of CO2 emissions, energy consumption, use of space, and even noise levels. CCIC is making a commitment to reducing our environmental impact, and helping members to do the same. 

The collective benefit: The discount rate will increase as more members use the code, so travel will become cheaper for all members – a collective benefit for the sector! 

Friends and family discount: Employees of CCIC members can also treat friends and family to the same discount when booking 3 additional tickets at the same time – meaning more savings and less impact on the environment. 


How does it work? 

Any employee of a CCIC member organization can make a reservation online, or at a Via Rail station using the CCIC discount code when booking any fare class*

Please note that when boarding or booking a ticket in person, the following ID may be required: 

  • business card 
  • photo ID 
  • A letter provided by CCIC   

*with the exception of Escape fare and Prestige Sleeper Class. You should still input the code when booking these fares in order that each purchase be tracked and potentially lead to a higher discount for all members. 



Can I use the code for personal travel? 

Yes! You can also include up to three (3) additional passengers, providing they are travelling with you (same train and same date). 


Please contact Member Engagement Officer Erica Richter for more details or phone 613-241-7007 ext 350.

NextGen’s Guide for Research Partnership Agreements

NextGen’s Guide for Research Partnership Agreements

When embarking on a collaborative research project, reaching a shared understanding of project priorities, approaches, goals and motivations at the outset of the partnership can help ensure that the all partners’ needs and expectations are clear. 


The Next Generation program developed a new bilingual guide for fair and equitable research partnership.   

While examining experiences of research partnerships between academics and civil society organization (CSO) practitioners in the Canadian context, the Next Generation research has uncovered challenging aspects of cross-sectoral research collaboration including tensions and misunderstandings in research partnerships between practitioners and academics. These tensions can be minimized if key issues are discussed at the outset of partnerships. The program supported the compilation of lessons and approaches to establishing a fair, mutually beneficial research processes. When embarking on a collaborative research project, reaching a shared understanding of project priorities, approaches, goals and motivations at the outset of the partnership can help ensure that the all partners’ needs and expectations are clear. 


Why this guide?
  • More formal partnership agreements between partners can help build lasting partnerships based on realistic expectations around commitments, roles and responsibilities.  
  • A partnership agreement also aims to ensure less powerful and less resourced partners receive fair and equitable benefits and decision-making power within a partnership arrangement. 
  • A research partnership agreement is a useful reference tool that delineates expectations around a common research goal. 
  • This guide for equitable research partnership could inform your MOU. MOUs formalize research collaborations and can include a clearly defined research protocol that outlines time commitments for practitioners and protects the independence of academic researchers. Moreover, MOUs can outline/include institutional support of the research collaboration beyond the relationship between individual researchers and practitioners, thereby contributing towards the project’s sustainability.  

Using a co-construction approach, this guide was tested through participatory workshops with potential users. Stakeholders from universities, CSOs, funding agencies and community-based research networks in Canada provided inputs.  


How to use this guide 

This guide provides a checklist of considerations and questions designed to assist researchers and practitioners in developing a partnership agreement. The guide also allows you to add comments and notes as you go through the guide with your partners.   

We hope this guide will be the starting point of many fruitful collaborations!   


Download the guide here

Shrinking civic space and Canada’s global leadership: a key issue for international co-operation organizations

Shrinking civic space and Canada’s global leadership: a key issue for international co-operation organizations

The world seems to be entering a new cycle of heightened protests globally: from Chile to Hong Kong, from Iraq to Guinea. The specific demands of the demonstrators depend on the local context, and sometimes different groups will have contradictory demands. However, a common thread in all these protests is the defence of the very right to peaceful protest without state repression; the transparency of public affairs and the fight against corruption; the reduction of inequalities; and a participatory democracy in which there are free and periodic elections, without indefinite re-election, and with the active participation of civil society.

In several cases, these social movements have been successful in overcoming old societal cleavages that were thought immutable. For example, in Iraq and Lebanon, protests have largely transcended the sectarianism of these societies[1]. Meanwhile, in Chile, the ‘barras bravas’ (organized supporters’ groups of football teams in Latin America) of the country’s three main teams, classically antagonists, decided to protest together in the place where they traditionally celebrate their teams’ victories.

Unfortunately, governments of different ideological persuasions, in different regions, have responded to protests with police repression, militarization and restrictions on fundamental freedoms. In several cases, international human rights organizations have noted serious violations of rights[2]. Among the freedoms most affected are the three pillars of civic space: freedom of association, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression.

This is a matter of concern from a rights perspective. It also has an impact for Canadian organizations working in the field of international co-operation. First, because the closure of civic space has a direct impact on local partners with whom development and humanitarian assistance programs are implemented[3]. Second, since the realization of sustainable development goals (SDGs) requires an open and dynamic civic space: development needs civil society[4].

Not all Canadian international co-operation organizations confront this issue in the same way, depending on their role and profile. Some organizations decide on an advocacy strategy and mobilization in Canada and broad. Other organizations will decide to engage policymakers and parliamentarians directly. Yet other organizations will decide on a combination of the two.

Based in this diversity, which itself a strength, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation is a convening and coordination space that fosters and enables its members’ efforts and ensures dialogue with other actors including the Canadian government. These efforts are rooted in a commitment to a human rights-based, feminist and sustainable approach.

As we are about to start the first Summit on Canada’s Global Leadership this Wednesday, November 27, a group of Canada’s foreign policy thought leaders drafted an ‘Initial Vision Statement for Canada’s International Policy’. One of the main points of the statement is that Canada should support peaceful dissent and ‘enable people to express legitimate disappointment with existing political and economic systems while upholding principles and institutions of democracy and inclusion’[5]. The Vision Statement and its Annex, which are intended to be an opening to the debate in the Summit, also highlight the importance of addressing root causes and durable solutions through a long-term approach for ‘early conflict resolution’ and ‘institution and capacity building […] among state and non-state actors’.

Monitoring, fostering and defending civic space will be essential to meet the ambitions of the Initial Vision Statement and the Canadian Feminist Foreign Policy. That is why CCIC and Global Affairs Canada will be focusing their 2019 Annual Dialogue on civic space and the enabling environment for civil society in Canada and globally. The dialogue will offer an opportunity to engage with Global Affairs Canada on the implementation of Canada’s Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance[6].

Much progress has been made to operationalize this policy, including through the Civil Society Policy Advisory Group. Yet, there is much to discuss and to do, including supporting civil society at risk in countries in different regions and under governments of different ideological persuasions, and ensuring policy coherence across Canadian Foreign Policy, including defence, diplomatic, international assistance, and international trade sectors.


This piece is the opinion of its author and not necessarily that of CCIC or its members.







Sebastián Vielmas
Regional Working Groups Officer
Canadian Council for International Co-operation – CCIC


[1] Lebanon and Iraq Want to Overthrow Sectarianism (Foreign Policy)

[2] Iraq: Rein in security forces to prevent a bloodbath (Amnesty International);

Guinea: Appalling human rights ‘red flags’ ahead of presidential election (Amnesty International);

Chile: Deliberate policy to injure protesters points to responsibility of those in command (Amnesty International).

[3] For example, in the Philippines the last crackdown on civil society has touched Canadian organizations and partners. That is why over 30 Canadian CSOs, many of them CCIC and Asia-Pacific Working Group members, signed an open letter expressing concern about “red-tagging” attacks against labour, churches, human rights and humanitarian organizations that have worked with Canadian CSOs and/or the Canadian government on human rights, humanitarian aid and the implementation of sustainable and equitable development projects in the Philippines.

[4] Development Needs Civil Society –The Implications of Civic Space for the Sustainable Development Goals (Act Alliance & Institute of Development Studies)



Innovation and Impact Awards

Innovation and Impact Awards


The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), in collaboration with the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award, is pleased to launch the Innovation and Impact Awards. Innovation is at the core of CCIC’s work and is captured in our strategic directions. We aim to inspire and support the growth of a more relevant, responsive and effective global development and humanitarian assistance sector that, through innovation, can create sustainable impact.  As such, CCIC and the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award would like to celebrate and recognize Canadian individuals and civil society organizations (CSOs) that are doing impactful and innovative work.




CCIC defines an Innovative Practice as: a new or more impactful means of, or approach to, addressing development challenges and improving the lives of the world’s most vulnerable.  An innovative practice can take many forms, it can be an innovation that is new to a particular context, but tried and true elsewhere.  In addition, the innovative practice could be an approach, technology, business model, policy practice, partnership and more.  To achieve impact through innovation, an Innovative Practice should align with The Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact.

These Awards will be granted to an individual and an organization that have demonstrated learning and impact from an innovative practice in international development and/or humanitarian response. The Awards recognize individuals and organizations that are using innovative and impactful means to: (1) address humanitarian, development, and/or peace challenges to build a more just and inclusive world; (2) inspire Canadians to undertake volunteer action on these issues; and/or (3) offer new ways of thinking about development, humanitarian and peace-related challenges.


Honouring Lewis Perinbam:


Lewis Perinbam, O.C, (1925-2007) was a pioneer in building the international development sector in Canada. He was the founding Executive Director of CUSO, the first full time Secretary General of the Canadian National Commission of UNESCO and the CEO of World University Service of Canada (WUSC). He joined a fledging Canadian International Development Agency in 1969 and became the founding director general of the NGO division. He later became the Vice-President of the Canadian Partnership Program where he launched several programs that made Canada a leader in civil society-government collaboration. He led the 2000 Task Force on the Participation of Visible Minorities in the Public Service which generated deep change throughout Government. The awards recognize his outstanding contributions and provide a reminder and a call for action that ambitious system-wide innovation is always possible.


Nomination Procedure:


  • Nominators must complete the online form here to provide rationale for the nomination.

  • Nominators must demonstrate evidence for how the nominee has fit the criteria and has implemented an innovative practice that has resulted in greater impact and/or learning.

  • Nominations can be peer or self-nominated and must be received by January 6th, 2020.


Criteria for Selection:


To nominate an organization for this award, please see the criteria below. Nominations must be received by January 6th, 2020.


In order to be considered for the award, the nominated organization must:

Be implementing or has recently implemented an innovative practice for development impact, based on the definition above and in line with the Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact;

Be implementing or has recently implemented an innovative practice to address the needs of the most vulnerable;

Have, through implementing this innovative practice, demonstrated impact, iterated to learn quickly and/or learned from failure.


To nominate an individual for this award, please see the criteria below. Nominations must be received by January 6th, 2020. The award recognizes Canadian citizens and permanent residents who:

Improve people’s lives in the Global South;

Engage and inspire Canadians to undertake volunteer action in addressing our shared global challenges; and/or

Offer new and innovative ways of thinking about and addressing development, humanitarian and peace-related challenges (in line with the Whistler Principles to Accelerate Innovation for Development Impact).




The winner of the individual Award will be given a prize of $5,000 to acknowledge their contributions.

The organizational winner will not be awarded a financial prize.

Both winners will be announced and highlighted during the International Development Week in February.



Nominate an Individual or an Organization 

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation Reacts to the Federal Cabinet Announcement

Ottawa, ON (November 20th, 2019) – The Canadian Council for International Co-operation welcomes today’s cabinet announcement, which features ministers François-Philippe Champagne, foreign affairs; Karina Gould, international development; Maryam Monsef, women and gender equality; Jonathan Wilkinson, environment and climate change; Mary Ng, small business, export promotion and international trade; Harjit Sajjan, national defence; and Marco Mendicino, immigration, refugees and citizenship, on files related to foreign policy. We look forward to working with these ministers who will be dedicated to fostering a strategic commitment to global engagement and an ambitious international policy for Canada.  

Canada must do its fair share globally to mitigate and address the impacts of extreme climate change and growing global instability. 



Increased instability and climate change are being compounded by rising populism, nationalism and authoritarianism, and are challenging global structures and values Canada has helped to build. As the US withdraws from its multilateral engagements, and the UK goes through Brexit uncertainties, it leaves an opportunity for Canada to play a leading role. Together, we can lead a process to establish a timetable of real increases to Canada’s Official Development Assistance that will meet the ambition of Canada’s international assistance policy. 

Nicolas Moyer

President and CEO, Canadian Council for International Co-operation

The Canadian international cooperation sector has welcomed strong commitments in the Liberal government’s previous mandate to partnership with Civil Society.  We look forward to continuing to work collaboratively in advancing the quality and influence of Canada’s international assistance policy. We particularly look forward to working with Global Affairs Canada to realize the full potential of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance policy to generate lasting and inclusive global progress. 



For more information and to request an interview with Nicolas Moyer, please contact: 

Sophie Rosa, Director, Public Affairs and Member Services / Phone: (613) 219-6514 

 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.