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.
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.
The summary of the Civil Society Group of 7 (C7) meeting includes benchmarks to help foster a new productive and meaningful relationship between civil society and the G7, more specifically through:
1. Long-term continuity of, and progress on, process and substance
2. Commitment to consistent high-level political and bureaucratic dialogue and engagement.
3. Fostering inclusive and diverse spaces for engaging different perspectives and ideas.
4. Transparency and accountability of information and process, and open communication.
In December, the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) made a written submission on some key issues in Canada’s international development and humanitarian assistance to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) as part of the DAC’s 2018 Peer Review of Canada. This is a summary of that submission.
This brief outlines some priority opportunities where Budget 2018 can make meaningful contributions to Canadian and global objectives in global development and humanitarian assistance – working in collaboration with partners to implement Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy and improve the effectiveness of Canada’s development cooperation. The brief touches upon five areas where Canada can do this: through a ten-year timetable for increasing Canadian ODA; a strong focus on the poorest and most marginalized, in particular women and girls; a humanitarian response commensurate with growing needs; a commitment to new and additional climate finance; and greater transparency over spending.