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.

Full Report

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Executive Summary

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Annual Report 2017-2018

Have a look at CCIC’s Annual Report that covers our 50th anniversary celebrations and accomplishments!


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Narrative Toolkit

Narrative Toolkit


Improving the well-being of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people matters. Doing so in the context of securing and respecting women’s rights and human rights, promoting social justice and ensuring the environmental health of the planet matters.



This online resource was developed by and for communicators involved in international development and humanitarian assistance organizations in Canada. Public Engagement officers and fundraisers will also find it useful.

The toolkit is meant to be an evolving resource, a “work in progress” where we will add new information, tools and tips on a regular basis.


Narrative Toolkit

Partnerships in Practice – The Political Economy of Research Partnerships in International Development in Canada

Academic research institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs) across Canada are motivated to collaborate on research partnerships as a way to produce rigorous research, improve practice in the field, and shape evidence-based international development policy. But how do we ensure such partnerships remain fair, equitable, and effective? This summary report shares the initial findings from a multiple-case study of seven research partnerships across Canada that examines the power dynamics, and the political and economic contexts that affect how partners structure—and make meaning of—collaboration.

Partnerships in Practice


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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Training Manual – Implementing a Human Rights -Based Approach (CCIC and Equitas)

Training Manual – Implementing a Human Rights -Based Approach (CCIC and Equitas)

Training Manual – Implementing a Human Rights -Based Approach (CCIC and Equitas)

This manual was adapted from Integrating HRBA and Equitable Partnerships into Development Programming: Operationalizing the Istanbul Principles.


It provides all the resources you need to run a workshop on integrating a human rights-based approach (HRBA) into your programming.


By the end of the training participants should be able to:

  1. better integrate the elements of HRBA into the programs and projects of their organizations;
  2. share knowledge with peers and partners on how to integrate a HRBA .




 Click on image for the  HRBA Guide (PDF)

Here are the accompanying PowerPoints to the HRBA manual. The first one is an overview of the International human rights system, and second one is on the Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA).

Click here for overview of the International human rights system Powerpoint (PDF)

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Click here for Human Rights-Based Approach (HRBA) powerpoint (PDF)

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