Plenary Sessions

Plenary Session 1: Are We Feminists?

Facilitated by Ketty Nivyabandi, with Muzna Dureid, Katja Iversen, and Theo Sowa.

We have a feminist Prime Minister, a Feminist International Assistance Policy, and a rather nice collection of feminist-themed stickers available in our lobby. But are we enacting transformative approaches focused on gender equality, or has feminism become a catch-all buzz word? Have we encountered limits to feminism? Feminist leaders share stories of what feminist approaches look like in different contexts and discuss whether these approaches successfully respond to the needs of marginalized populations around the world.

Plenary Session 2: Youth Breaking Barriers

With Gisèle Baraka Bashige, Aya Chebbi and Dillon Black

We all know that young people are the future. But many of them don’t want to wait until then to solve the world’s problems. Youth-led movements are already transforming our world, and the Canadian government recently announced the creation of a youth policy to recognize the power and potential of such movements. Has the international development sector been successful in keeping up? Youth leaders highlight their accomplishments, as well as the barriers they face in working within traditional and established civil society organizations’ frameworks. Join the movement!

Plenary Session 3: Funding the Future

Facilitated by Raj Kumar, with Paul Lamontagne, Joan Larrea, Jennifer Reynolds, and Theo Sowa

If we had 5 trillion dollars… we’d be well on our way to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals! While Official Development Assistance remains an essential resource for tackling poverty and inequality, other sources of finance need to be tapped in order to mobilize the trillions of dollars required to end extreme global poverty by 2030. How can we think outside the funding box? Financial experts from the public and private sectors spearhead the discussion. You, the audience, will reach your own conclusions.

Plenary Session 4: The Political Pulse

With Rachel Curran and Robin MacLachlan

In our conference’s closing panel, political strategists from each political affiliation will debate Canada’s role in the world, challenge the sector’s advocacy and lobbying tactics and provide insight on how we can make the case for development leading up to Election 2019. Come join this candid discussion to find out if we are on the right track and indeed ‘back’, or if we need a major restart over the coming year!



Parallel Sessions 
September 19th 11:30-13:00

Challenging perceptions of Africa: a feminist perspective
Borden Hall

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie warned about the risks of “the single story” when talking about Africa: “the single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.” What are the implications of the African story as a “miserable and poor” continent for humanitarian action and international solidarity? What are the unseen gender dynamics behind the “single story?” How can we challenge these perceptions of Africa in Canada? Organised jointly by the Africa Canada Forum and CASID-CCIC Next Generation for collaboration, our international panellists and Radio-Canada correspondent in Africa, Sophie Langlois, will tackle these pressing questions. 

Canada and the Global Compact on Refugees: What’s next?
Lower Hall

This workshop will examine the Global Compact on Refugees (GCR), due to be adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2018. The GCR is the culmination of a process that began with the adoption of the New York Declaration by the UN General Assembly in 2016, and a commitment to develop a new approach to refugee movements premised on support to refugees and host communities, fostering a multi-stakeholder approach and situating refugee programming within national and local development agendas.

In response, UNHCR piloted a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in 14 countries. It also led a consultation process in Geneva to develop the text of the GCR. Canada played a significant role in this process by fostering dialogue between actors, advocating for a rights-based approach, and calling for specific provisions for the protection of refugee women and girls and the inclusion of refugees in the process. The provisional text of the Global Compact on Refugees will be transmitted to the UN Secretariat in mid-September.

LGBTI rights under threat: A Hidden Humanitarian Crisis
Bate Hall

A new report from the Inter-Agency Regional Analysts Network (IARAN) has noted that social exclusion faced by the global LGBTI community is a “hidden humanitarian crisis.” In the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) era of “leaving no one behind,” can Canadian stakeholders do more to support policy formation, country strategies, and advocacy to advance equality for all? Additionally, are we doing enough to protect and support LGBTI humanitarian and development staff and tailor programming for LGBTI beneficiaries in countries where LGBTI people face criminalization and stigmatization

Partnerships in practice: Working towards fair and impactful collaborations
Chapel Room

Collaborations between academic research institutions and civil society organizations (CSOs) lead to timely, relevant, and evidence-based research on development. But how do we ensure these partnerships are fair, equitable, and effective? Power dynamics between and among different actors, and funding structures can create both obstacles and opportunities for academic-CSO research partnerships. Here we discuss how political, social, and economic factors shape partnerships in Canada and internationally. This session will be an occasion to create a dialogue between CSOs and academics currently involved in—or thinking about—research partnerships 

Parallel Sessions 
September 19th 14:00-15:30

Getting to 50/50: Achieving Gender-Transformative Adaptation and Resilience
Borden Hall

The Climate Change Adaptation Funding Gap is the Achilles heel of sustainable development, resilience and women’s empowerment. With less than two years to go before the Paris Agreement comes into effect, developing countries are still being left to pick up the tab – including through food insecurity, loss and damage, compromised livelihoods and instability. This panel will explore the risks and opportunities associated with the global adaptation funding gap, innovative approaches for mobilizing finance for resilience, and how Canada can do its part to meet advanced economies’ commitment to mobilize $100B per year by 2030, with at least 50% dedicated to grants-based adaptation initiatives.

Toward Gender Transformative Approaches to Health: Next Generation Game Changer
Lower Hall

This highly interactive workshop explores how gender transformative approaches to health can be a game changer for advancing health rights and gender equality. Participants will situate where their work fits on the path to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in health and identify practical ways they can strengthen their gender equality work in health initiatives. By addressing gender equality issues within health interventions with effective gender approaches to health play a critical role in achieving the goals of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy, the 2030 UN Sustainable Development agenda and systemic change for the next generation.

Sendai and the Feminist Agenda: contributions to sustainability, gender and localization
Bate Hall

The Panel will discuss how the Canadian organizations are supporting the Four Priorities for Action of Sendai both within Canada and internationally, the GoC FIAP and the Localization Agenda (One Billion Coalition). Each panel member will discuss a story of change with reference to the Sendai priority areas.

Destigmatizing and depoliticizing sexual and reproductive health and rights: galvanizing Canadian leadership
Chapel Room

Issues related to sexual and reproductive health and rights remain some of the most stigmatized and politically contentious – both domestically and globally. This has led to young people being denied access to sexuality education, individuals lacking the ability to decide if and when to have children, unacceptably high rates of death and disability due to unsafe abortion, the perpetuation of harmful gender norms and stereotypes that seek to control women’s bodies and decisions, among other related and intersecting issues that lead to rights violations, barriers in access to lifesaving services and information and poor health outcomes. This event will hear from and be interactively engaged by experts – including service providers – who will challenge us to think critically and concretely about why sexual and reproductive health remains highly stigmatized, how this stigma plays out in people’s lives in Canada and around the world, and what Canada can and needs to do to put an end to this stigma.

Parallel Sessions 
September 20th 11:30-13:00

Canada’s International Assistance Priorities: A Conversation with Global Affairs Canada
Borden Hall

Join CCIC and several Global Affairs Canada Assistant Deputy Ministers for a high-level strategic discussion. Hear from them on current priorities, recent accomplishments, collaboration with the sector, as well as priorities looking forward. Learn about the department’s direction and what this means for you and your organization.  This workshop will also provide you with the opportunity to ask questions to your GAC colleagues. 

Building a Fit for Purpose [F4P] Global Affairs Canada 

Lower Hall

The workshop will be consciously focused on audience engagement. The four panelists will each be presenting a different dimension of the F4P theme. In the first few minutes each panelist will lay out in bullet form the F4P issue that they will present later. The main segment will be that engaging the audience. They will work in small self-selected ‘clusters’ of 7-9 who will discuss one of those 4 opening themes from their own perspective. The panelists (and the moderator) will move around joining different audience clusters/ linked to their themes for say 5 minutes , then moving to another.

Better Blending
Bate Hall

Despite best efforts by the OECD and the WEF to explain blended finance, it remains one of the most misunderstood concepts in development finance. The panel will unpack the different definitions of blended finance and present the sober reality on the promise of blended finance to fill the SDG financing gap, with a particular look at the role of technical assistance. Moreover, it will address impact measurement of blended finance arrangements with a focus on direct data collection, macroeconomic or sectorial data, and industry-developed economic modeling and panellist experiences with respect to project data and evaluation.

Community Voice and Collaborative Action for a Fairer World: Promising learnings from Indigenous programs and research
Chapel Room

This panel will share promising practices and research into the value of community voice and perspectives in Indigenous communities and the importance too for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. Each of the presentations will highlight how community-driven practices, drawing also on solid research, can lead to transformative change as well as insights that can be used by others in indigenous and non-indigenous settings, by international civil society and government, as well as by new and diverse stakeholders. The presentations of this panel will demonstrate the importance of proactive collaboration between scholars and practitioners in providing evidence and informing better policy.

Parallel Sessions 
September 20th 14:00-15:30

Envisioning CCIC’s future: Strategic plan and beyond
Borden Hall

Description to come

Partnerships for women’s economic empowerment: bridging research, policy and practice.
Lower Hall

Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is a key principal and action area of Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy. Researchers, practitioners and policy makers in Canada and globally must work together to achieve this goal. This panel raises key challenges and opportunities for facilitating effective partnerships on women’s economic empowerment. Contributors present on their work and then highlight a specific challenge or issue relevant to this work – i.e. what the challenge is and why it matters. The attendees then discuss the issue/question in small groups and choose a key insight/question/idea to present back to the larger group.

We are all storytellers: an interactive workshop on the science and art of storytelling
Bate Hall

Before we had reading and writing, we had storytelling. Stories are a fundamental form of communications for humans; scientific research has even demonstrated how stories can change attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours.

Through a combination of presentations, exercises, and knowledge-sharing, participants will learn about the science and strategy behind storytelling and how to build a story with impact. At the workshop’s conclusion, participants will be equipped with a list of tools and further learning resources, as well as — hopefully — an opening line to a story of their own!

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy: Innovations and Limitations
Chapel Room

The Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) poses important new opportunities but also some significant challenges. In this presentation, the key strategies and major gaps are addressed considering in particular on the impact on women’s rights organizations, and the implications for reporting gender equality and feminist impacts. Diverse presenters provide short insights into their reading of the Canadian FIAP to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the FIAP in relation to inclusivity and gender and local ownership