Daring to risk and fail – Building an innovation agenda in Canada’s global development and humanitarian community

Daring to risk and fail – Building an innovation agenda in Canada’s global development and humanitarian community

Is the practice of innovation an essential way forward for international development and humanitarian organizations? How do we test out radical ideas when there is so much at stake? And what does ‘innovation’ actually mean?


The intent of the paper is to help give shape to how CCIC might learn from the experience of these platforms as it shapes its own innovation agenda and works to implement one of three core CCIC strategic directions for 2018-23: Inspire and support the growth of a more relevant, responsive and effective global development and humanitarian assistance sector that, through a broad range of innovations, can create sustainable impact and change in collaboration with our partners.

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Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2019 Budget – Oral testimony

Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the 2019 Budget – Oral testimony covering three core themes:


First, the relationship between a more competitive economy and a more sustainable society.
Second, the key role charities play in both the economic and societal success of Canada.
And third, how Canada can apply increased growth to build Canadian leadership in global sustainable development.


Reaching for the Summit: Sustainable Development and Civil Society at the 2018 G7

This brief summarizes the outcomes of the 2018 G7 Leaders’ Summit and associated ministerial and sectoral meetings from the perspective of civil society, particularly as relevant to organizations engaged in global development and humanitarian programming. It identifies areas of progress and inaction, including relative to civil society recommendations. After outlining and analyzing general outcomes at the Leaders’ Summit and Development Ministerial, the brief assesses the G7’s specific engagement on gender equality, education, climate and environment, and engaging civil society.

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Policy Updates – September 2018

New guide from CCIC and Equitas on human rights-based approaches

CCIC and Equitas are excited to launch a new training manual providing organizations everywhere with all the resources required to run a workshop on integrating a human rights-based approach (HRBA) into global development programming. By the end of a training using this manual, participants should be able to better integrate the elements of HRBA into the programs and projects of their organization(s), and share knowledge with peers and partners on how to integrate a HRBA in their work. Check it out and make it yours!

This new guide follows a series of workshops last year, coordinated by CCIC and Equitas with support from the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness, to build civil society capacity on HRBA. It also follows previous collaborations between CCIC, Equitas, and the Coady International Institute around integrating HRBA into Development Programming in the context of the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness.

Canada releases it first Voluntary National Review

June was the seventh High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and the third since the adoption of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Alongside 45 other countries, Canada presented its (VNR) – the principal tool by which countries assess SDG implementation. Released just a week prior to the HLPF, Canada’s VNR offered a baseline of where Canada stands against the goals. As is tradition now at the HLPF, the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) released a shadow report, independently assessing Canada’s progress. While there is finally some clarity as to where the new SDG Unit that was announced in Budget 2018 will be housed (Employment and Social Development Canada), with Minister Jean-Yves Duclos the lead among eight other different Ministries, Canada has yet to engage meaningfully with stakeholders on the SDGs, to raise public awareness, and to develop a national SDG strategy and plan. In the coming months, Alliance2030, which was officially launched during HLPF with Parliamentary Secretary Adam Vaughan, will bring more stories of how civil society is implementing the Goals in Canada.