Africa – Canada Forum
The Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) is a Working Group of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation.
It brings together NGOs, churches, unions, and solidarity groups from across Canada that have a specific interest in development cooperation and social justice in sub-Saharan Africa.
Its purpose is threefold:
to improve the quality and impact of the work of participating groups through reflection and analysis of current programming relationships in Africa;
to improve the coordination of policy development and strategies for joint action and advocacy;
to engage in dialogue with African counterparts and colleagues.
- Develop collaborative strategies for policy development, dialogue, and advocacy with the Canadian government and multilateral institutions.
- Enhance the capacity of members to undertake policy work concerning sub-Saharan Africa.
- Facilitate the sharing of lessons on programming issues to improve the quality and impact of members’ work, sharing the experiences of participating groups and their African partners.
- Participate collectively in relevant national and international bodies.
- Provide advice to the CCIC Policy Team and Board of Directors on Africa-related policy issues and actions.
- Monitor and share information and produce analysis on development and human rights issues in Africa, in dialogue with African counterparts and colleagues.
- Provide venues for joint reflection, debate, and for the building of common platforms.
A Coordinating Committee, elected once a year, is responsible for the implementation of the ACF mandate. The Coordinating Committee meets every eight weeks or as needed. Staff from the ACF and CCIC Policy Team are ex-officio members of the Coordinating Committee. The ACF meets as a whole two times a year.
Methodology of Work
Thematic task-groups of the ACF are formed on an ad hoc basis. The ACF will promote the fruitful participation of African colleagues.
AFRICA-CANADA FORUM MEMBERS 2019 – 2020
Africa Study Group / Groupe de réflexion sur l’Afrique
Aga Khan Foundation Canada
Avocats sans frontières Canada
Canadian Foodgrains Bank
Canadian Jesuits International
Canadian Labour Congress / Congrès du travail du Canada
CECI: Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale
CELADA – Coalition for Equitable Land Acquisitions and Development in Africa
Centre de coopération internationale en santé développ
Crossroads International/Carrefour International
Development and Peace / Développement et paix
Equitas – International Centre for Human Rights – Education
Farm Radio International / Radios Rurales Internationales
Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec
Grandmother’s Advocacy Network
Humanité & Inclusion
Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development
Jane Goodall Institute of Canada
Leger Foundation / L’œuvre Léger
Nobel Women’s Initiative
Presbytarian World Service and Development
Right to Play
Rooftops Canada / Abri International
United Church of Canada
Veterinarians without Borders
World University Service of Canada / Entraide universitaire mondiale du Canada
World Vision Canada / Vision mondiale Canada
Membership in the ACF is open to all CCIC members. Organisations that are not CCIC members and would like to join have to demonstrate the following characteristics:
A commitment to working for long-term development and social justice in Africa (as distinct from an exclusive focus on humanitarian assistance and emergency relief); An active presence in Africa, working with African civil society organizations, or more indirectly, through international networks and consortia who, in turn, work with African civil society organizations; An involvement in public education and awareness-raising activities in Canada; and An interest in policy formation and advocacy with the Canadian government. A member group that is not a CCIC member needs to reaffirm its wish to belong to the ACF on an annual basis.
Africa – Canada Forum Publications
It has been an amazing year for the Africa-Canada Forum and its members. As such, we are proud to present the ACF 2018-2019 Annual Report highlighting the work of its 42 members. It includes the group’s main activities, list of members and financial report.
The Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) hosted a workshop entitled "Challenging Africa's Perceptions: A Feminist Perspective" during CCIC’s Annual Conference in Ottawa on October 19, 2018. The panel, jointly organized by the Africa Canada Forum (ACF), the CASID-CCIC...
South Sudan Co-Lab hosted by Global Affairs Canada in partnership with the Africa-Canada Forum of CCIC
On 21 September, Global Affairs Canada’s South Sudan development division hosted an interactive, full-day pilot “Co-Lab” with nine CSOs from the CCIC’s Africa-Canada Forum. GAC staff from across Sub-Saharan Africa, International Security and Political...
GAC and CCIC-ACF Dialogue 2017: Report on Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy in Sub-Saharan Africa
On October 12, 2017, the Africa-Canada Forum (ACF) and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) organized a half-day dialogue meeting in Ottawa on the Feminist International Assistance Policy. This event was part of a series of dialogue meetings between the two groups that began in December 2015. The main goal of these exchanges is to create a space where ACF and GAC can discuss and collaborate on issues related to Africa, leveraging expertise on both sides.