Cooperate for equality between men and women in the world: 30 years of challenges and accomplishments in French March , Montreal, QC. Social responsibility: The great challenge for partnerships between companies and international cooperation organizations in French March , Montreal, QC. NGOs make online pitch to protect foreign aid in federal budget iPolitics January 31, NGOs express hope foreign aid will be spared from budget chopping block iPolitics February 6, From the day I started this job, I have been supportive of the notion that civil society in the international development sector would greatly benefit from strengthening our ties to other groups in Canadian civil society.
This is on both a thematic level — for example on issues such as poverty, inequality, human rights, and the environment — as at an organizational level — for example, on the strategic use of volunteers, governance structures, conforming to changing legal and regulatory requirements. But increasingly there is one overarching theme that inextricable binds us all as civil society, be it at home or overseas: the enabling environment.
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What is this enabling environment? Many of us probably know what this means for business and the private sector, yet we lack the same clarity and confidence in terms of what it means for ourselves. In essence, for civil society organizations to function in society as independent development actors in our own right, and realize our full potential, we need governments to promote an environment that allows civil society to flourish.
Yet, if we use this same lens to look at our own situation in Canada, we might be surprised at the low level of awareness or ownership that Canadian charities writ-large have around this agenda. And although it is true that civil society in many developing countries are fighting a tougher battle to gain this recognition and space, often with more at stake, we should be cognizant of not letting our guard down at home when our environment turns hostile and disabling, as it has. It was a good meeting that brought together people and organizations that are not always talking to each other, and yet who face similar challenges in terms of the environment in which they are operating.
Two things struck me in particular at this meeting: the first was when a former clerk of the Privy Council asked why we were not making a strong and clear case for institutional or core funding to be re-instated. The right to seek funding is an integral and implicit element of our freedom to associate as organizations, as UN Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai has reminded us.
At the international level, assuring long-term funding for institutional strengthening of CSOs has been at the centre of our asks. So why have we given up on this at home? The other thing that struck me was that I was the only person to underscore the fact that a vibrant civil society is a pre-condition of a healthy democracy, and should be core to our discussion and shared concerns.
My observations and reminders were well received by most I think. And maybe for others it goes without saying, but I think it is worth repeating: the health of the sector is ultimately about the capacity of citizens to engage in democratic life in Canada, and therefore intimately linked to the health of our democratic system.
The exchanges at this meeting, and with other organizations within Canadian civil society, have been particularly useful in the sense that they shine a light on the common agenda that we all have as CSOs in Canada. And ultimately, our collective capacities to advocate for what we believe to be important is also at risk. As charities and not-for-profits in Canada, we have the right and obligation to engage in a political and policy debate on the direction that our sector at large is going, and what kind of enabling environment we want for civil society to ensure that we have a central role to play in shaping our democracy.
And I am convinced that as international development CSOs, we have a particular contribution to make given our long involvement on these issues, working in partnership and solidarity with our civil society colleagues in the Global South.
Do you have any reactions to this column? Please send any comments to Julia Sanchez. Developed in collaboration with the Coady International Institute and Equitas — The International Human Rights Education Centre , the Guide is geared towards providing concrete and very practical tools to organizations, for them to be able to integrate a human rights-based approach HRBA into their development programming and to identify a process to intentionally develop equitable partnerships.
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The Guide helps you plan a workshop for doing so — giving you suggestions on how to prepare, a sample application form for interested participants, a pre-training assignment, a case study template to develop your own case study for the HRBA session , a sample workshop agenda and an evaluation questionnaire. It also helps you run the workshop, providing instructions for facilitating each activity and training materials for each activity e. Reference resources include a list of key acronyms and an annotated bibliography of additional tools and resources.
Facilitators are expected to use the guide to conduct the workshop, while participants will use it as a reference manual both during and after the workshop.
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All materials are available for download in different formats so that users can use and adapt them. In less than three weeks, the Protect the Aid Budget campaign mobilized thousands of Canadians and generated a lot of media coverage. For now supporters can claim victory, as there was no mention of additional cuts in budget Responding to a call that was made to CCIC members as well as the Regional and Provincial Councils, many organizations submitted positive and engaging stories on how they are making a difference in international development.
And because of the quality of the stories we will keep publishing them in the weeks to come. The Americas Policy Group has joined 18 other civil society organizations in a statement expressing concern that the Canada-Honduras Free Trade Agreement FTA currently being debated in the House of Commons will further undermine human rights and democracy in Honduras.
The debate began days after the inauguration of Juan Orlando Hernandez following a controversial presidential election. The bilateral trade deal was signed on November 5th, , in the lead up to the presidential election, despite wide-spread opposition. Since the military coup against democratically-elected President Manuel Zelaya, violence and repression have reached an all-time high in Honduras. APG and other CSOs call on the Canadian parliament to refrain from passing legislation to implement the Canada-Honduras FTA and for the Conservative government to re-centre its priorities in Honduras so as to emphasize the wellbeing of communities, as well as human and labour rights.
This event will be an opportunity for members to learn more about investment agreements and how they can be improved to foster sustainable development. You can find the table of contents of this publication online by clicking here. Because of the limited seats available, the priority will be given to CCIC members. After budget was tabled in parliament, Fraser also wrote an analysis of the actual situation of the aid budget.
During International Development Week Feb. And finally, Chantal Havard published an article that provides an overview of key highlights on the Canadian international development scene and on reasons to be hopeful. So check your inbox in the next two weeks and make sure that you take a few minutes to help us make FLASH! Many of you might have met Michelle in November , when she did an amazing job at coordinating our Policy Conference on Canadian Leadership for a Better World.
She also has good work and field experience, having participated in internships, co-op placements and completed short term contracts in a few developing countries. A shift towards cleaner cooking is lagging partly because it lacks policymakers to champion the cause in many places, she added. Markets for modern cookstoves also remain undeveloped. On current trends, by , only 73 percent of people will have access to clean fuels for cooking, said Maria Neira, director for public health and environment at the World Health Organisation.
Progress on boosting use of renewable energy also is set to fall short of the target, the report said. As of , the world got Solar and wind have become far cheaper, allowing them to compete with conventional power sources such as coal. But electricity accounted for only 20 percent of energy consumption in , said the report, flagging the need to speed up the transition to cleaner energy in transport and heating.
Energy efficiency is improving, with economic growth outpacing increases in energy use in all regions except for Western Asia from , the report said. Transport and residential buildings have not shown the same rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
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Several wealthy developed countries such as Japan and the United States may have reached a peak in energy use, the report said, while among large developing countries, China and Indonesia are rapidly becoming more energy efficient. Reporting by Megan Rowling meganrowling; editing by Laurie Goering.
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