The CCIC Regional Working Groups (RWGs) bring together NGOs, faith-based organizations, labour unions, diaspora groups, solidarity groups, think tanks, and research centres from across Canada that have a specific interest in development, social justice, and human rights in Asia-Pacific, Africa, or the Americas.
Working on common themes or a regional issue, the RWGs develop collaborative strategies for policy development, dialogue, and advocacy within the Canadian government and multilateral institutions. The RWGs are a unique space for collaborative reflection, coordinated policy positions, learning, and analysis, with input from regional partners.
Membership is open to organizations with a policy or programme interest in Asia-Pacific, Africa, or the Americas. Organizations become members upon approval by the working group members. Most participants are also CCIC members.
Regional Working Group publications
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.
Report: GAC and ACF Open Dialogue 2017 – Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy in sub-Saharan Africa
The Americas Policy Group (APG) welcomes the resolution adopted by the Organization of American States (OAS) to increase the annual budget of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).
The APG is concerned by the recurring financial problems faced by the Inter-American Human Rights System (“IAHRS” or “the System”), which is of vital importance to the quest for justice, safeguarding of human rights and the fight against impunity across the region, in particular for women, Indigenous peoples and other marginalized groups.
On December 1, the APG, in collaboration with KAIROS, organized a breakfast on Parliament Hill with guest speaker Isabel Caicedo Polanco from the Organización Feminina Popular (OFP). This event was an important opportunity to raise parliamentarian’s awareness on the fragile peace process in this South American country and the importance of providing long-term support to grassroots local organizations.