Conference Program

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Plenary Sessions

Plenary session 1: Are we feminists?

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

We have a feminist prime minister, an international feminist assistance policy and a rather nice collection of stickers on the theme of femininity available in our lobby. But are we adopting transformative approaches that focus on gender equality or has feminism become a buzzword? Have we encountered limits to feminism? Feminist leaders share stories about feminist approaches in different contexts and discuss the capacity of these approaches to meet the needs of marginalized populations around the world.

Plenary Session 2: Youth breaking the barriers

With Gisèle Baraka Bashige, Dillon Black, Aya Chebbi, Emilie Nicolas and Colton Kasteel

We all know that young people are the future, but many of them do not want to wait until tomorrow to solve the problems of the planet. 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 followed them successfully? Young leaders highlight their achievements and the obstacles they face within the traditional and established frameworks of civil society organizations. Join the movement!

Plenary Session 3: Financing the Future

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

If we had $ 5 trillion … we would be much closer to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals! While Official Development Assistance remains a vital resource for the fight against poverty and inequality, other financial sources must be leveraged to mobilize the trillions of dollars needed to end extreme global poverty. 2030. How can we go off the beaten track? Financial experts from the public and private sectors lead the discussion. You, the audience, will reach your own conclusions

 Plenary Session 4: The Political Pulse

With Catherine Cullen, Rachel Curran, Kathleen Monk and John Delacourt

Strategists from each political party will debate Canada’s role in the world, discuss industry advocacy tactics, and argue for the importance of development in preparation for the 2019 election.



Parallel sessions
September 19th 11h30-13h00 

Challenging Africa’s Perceptions: A Feminist Perspective 
Borden Hall

Theme: Africa & feminism

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 for Refugees: What’s Next?
Lower Hall

Theme: Global refugee policy and practice

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.

As such, the timing of the CCIC conference could not be a more timely moment to reflect on Canada’s role in the process of developing the GCR and promoting discussion on Canada’s role in the process and its implementation – both from the Government of Canada and Canadian civil society. The roundtable will begin with a moderated conversation with the resource persons, examining challenges and opportunities ahead, before the audience is engaged in a discussion on possible areas for developing a Whole of Canada engagement with the Global Compact in different contexts.

LGBTI rights under threat: A Hidden Humanitarian Crisis

Bate Hall

Theme: LGBTI issues

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?

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

Theme: FIAP

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 the impact, in particular 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.

Parallel sessions
September 19 14h-15h30

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

Theme: Climate change, gender equality and development

Climate change threatens sustainable development, resilience and women’s empowerment. With less than two years until the Paris Agreement comes into effect, global commitments for financing climate change adaptation fall far short.  This is leaving developing countries to pick up the tab – including through food insecurity, loss and damage, compromised livelihoods and instability. New approaches for mobilizing new sources of finance offer both promise and pitfalls. Combining an expert panel and group work, Getting to 50/50 will explore challenges and opportunities surrounding the Global Adaptation Funding Gap, the ways in which Canada is contributing towards a more equitable approach to climate financing, and implications for Canadian CSOs. 

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

Theme: Continuum of gender equality approaches to global health

This highly interactive workshop explores how gender equality 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 and identify practical ways they can strengthen their gender equality work in health initiatives. Addressing gender equality within health interventions plays 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





Theme: Sendai Framework

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.

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

Theme: SHRH

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 thisstigma 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 11h30-13h00

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

Theme: Global Affairs Canada

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 GAC [F4P]
Lower room 

Theme: F4P

The panel, mainly old colleagues from the McLeod Group, are development practitioners with academic connections. After some opening thematic flashcards, they plan to invite you, the audience, to do some heavy lifting in seeking out your thoughts on creating a more ‘Fit for Purpose’ (F4P) GAC, They will mingle with you as you explore your own perspectives in small clusters. Only then will they present their own thoughts on specific institutional barriers and policy lacuna.

Their starting point is that despite all the goodwill, Canada/GAC is not ‘walking the talk’. We are still struggling to deliver on commitments to those ‘left behind’ in LDCs and fragile states under both FIAP (Canada’s new feminist policy) and the UN’s 2030 Agenda with its SDGs.

All this has to happen in a fast-changing developing world where even LDCs and fragiles do not see themselves as in need of paternalistic charity. Canada risks missing the boat on implementation and effective partnership. GAC structures, systems and programs need re-visiting. Without achieving ‘Fit for Purpose’ status , Canada will be hard-pressed to be ‘Back’. Ambitious ‘talk’ and limited ‘walking’ is not effective implementation. Rather it undermines our credibility as we seek deeper partnerships and greater policy coherence.

Better blending
Bate Hall

Theme: Blended finance

 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




Theme: Learning from within and co-creating a fairer and more respectful world

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 14h-15h30

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





Theme: CCIC's future

CCIC finds itself at a critical moment with new leadership as well as a bold and robust new strategic plan and vision. Come join Nicolas Moyer and CCIC staff as we present the key objectives of the CCIC strategic plan and unpack the next steps forward towards operationalization. This interactive session will provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions as well as offer input as CCIC designs its action plan for the coming years. A great opportunity to help shape CCIC’s future work!

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Partnerships for Women’s Economic Empowerment: Bridging Research, Policy and Practice.
Lower room

Theme: Partnerships for women’s economic empowerment

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

Theme: Communications for change

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!

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


Theme: A dialogue between CSOs and academics

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.