Asia-Pacific Working Group members strengthen ties during their 2019 Annual Meeting

Asia-Pacific Working Group members strengthen ties during their 2019 Annual Meeting

The Asia-Pacific Working Group (APWG) held a productive annual meeting on June 25 and 26, 2019 in Ottawa where in total 34 people participated from 17 organizations. The event was followed by a strategic Joint Dialogue with Global Affairs Canada’s Asia Pacific Branch, where 33 government officials also participated in the discussions.

On the first day, APWG members gathered at CCIC to discuss the humanitarian-development nexus with panelists Tess Bayombong (Care Canada), Jesse Augustin (Development and Peace), Dilip Chinnakonda (CECI) and Grace Wiebe (World Renew), moderated by Aislynn Row (Humanitarian Response Network-CCIC). Security, peace and human rights in the Asia-Pacific region were the topics of another debate, with Nikki Richard (Inter Pares) and Rachel Warden (KAIROS Canada), moderated by Andréanne Martel (from the CCIC-CASID Next Generation program).

The joint dialogue with GAC had opening remarks by Jess Augustin (Development and Peace), Maggie Zeng (Christian Children’s Fund of Canada), Monika Surma and Sarah Taylor (both from Global Affairs Canada), with a trends overview for Asia-Pacific. Next, participants joined breakout sessions on failed and conflict-affected states and development; humanitarian and development assistance; and human rights and development. A Joint APWG-GAC Report will be published in the coming weeks summarizing the main points of discussion, key takeaways and recommendations.

APWG 2018-2019 Annual Report

APWG 2018-2019 Annual Report


It has been an amazing year for the Asia-Pacific Working Group and its members. As such, we are proud to present the APWG 2018-2019 Annual Report to its 24 members. It includes the group’s main activities, list of members and financial report. 

Among all the milestones that we have reached, we can highlight the following collective work of APWG:


 Academic collaborations & learning activities

  • Launched collaborative research between the APWG-Philippines subgroups and the University of Toronto;
  • Held the documentary screening and panel discussion “Five Years After the Storm: The Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Practice”, in partnership with Development & Peace, and the CICC-CASID Next Generation Program;
  • In collaboration with the CCIC-CASID Next Gen program, held a joint learning event on “Humanitarian Aid & Development in Palestine”;


Government relations & policy advocacy:

  • Ongoing policy recommendations and advocacy regarding the deterioration of human rights in the Philippines and the rise of extra-judicial killings and militarisation of the country;
  • Ongoing discussions with GAC’s Asia-Pacific Branch and its Southeast Asia bureau to determine the framework and themes for the upcoming APWG-GAC Joint Dialogue scheduled for June 25 & 26 2019;


Sector-wide campaign

  • Actively supported the Canadian Network on Corporate Accountability and the campaign calling for the creation of an independent human rights Ombudsperson for Canada’s international extractive sector.


Click here to download the APWG 2018-2019 Annual Report. 


Five Years After the Storm: The Humanitarian-Development Nexus in Practice

Thursday, November 8
3:30-5:30 pm
CCIC, 39 McArthur Ave, Ottawa

Five years ago, on November 8, 2018, the Philippines was struck by the worst natural disaster in its recorded history when Super Typhoon Haiyan (known locally as Yolanda) tore through its centre, destroying nearly everything in its path. To mark the 5th anniversary of this tragedy, and to celebrate the recovery, on November 8th, 2018, Development and Peace, in collaboration with the Next Generation Program and the Asia Pacific Working Group, presented a documentary film screening and panel discussion at CCIC.

The documentary After the Storm: Building the Pope Francis Village, produced by Development and Peace-Caritas Canada, immerses viewers in the devastation and challenges faced by poor communities confronting the impacts of climate change. The community-driven response to Haiyan shown in the film proves that it is possible to break the cycle of poverty when the survivors themselves are empowered to build their own future. This example of the humanitarian-development nexus puts the Istanbul Principles into practice, providing for the most urgent needs while also addressing structural challenges, including powerlessness, poverty and inequality, that make these communities disproportionately vulnerable to disasters in the first place.

Following the documentary, there was an interesting panel discussion with experts from different institutions.CCIC’s Nicolas Moyer moderated the panel led by Jess Agustin, Development and Peace, Furqan Asif, University of Ottawa, Carine Bigira, Humanitarian Coalition, and John Summerbell, Global Affairs Canada, who reflected on how to improve humanitarian responses and community preparedness to climate change and natural disasters.


Organized by:

Development and Peace – Caritas Canada

In partnership with:

The Asia Pacific Working Group (APWG) : a regional working group of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) focused on development and social justice issues in Asia and in the Pacific.

Next Generation: Collaboration for Development : a joint program of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID).

APWG-Phillipines shocked by the Sagay 9 massacre

The CCIC Asia Pacific Working Group (APWG) – Philippines, comprised of NGOs, faith-based organizations, unions, solidarity groups, and concerned citizens in Canada with relationships in the Philippines, were shocked to learn of the massacre of 9 farm workers, including 3 women and 2 minors, on October 20, 2018 in Hacienda Nene, Sagay City, Negros. In the past, we have expressed our deep concern about the severe deterioration in the human rights situation in the Philippines, in particular the prevailing context of impunity. We are deeply concerned that these killings are, yet another example of violence perpetrated against community members and leaders defending their right to access land and livelihood.

Read the open letter here:

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