Report: Organizational and human resource capacity for addressing gender equality: Civil society engagement with the Feminist International Assistance Policy

Through a survey of 45 Canadian civil society organizations (CSOs) and key informant interviews, this study examined how CSO’s have made progress towards addressing gender equality as a result of the development and launch of the Feminist International Assistance Policy in 2017. The survey examined operational investments that affected financial, technical and human resources in project implementation processes. Supported by CASID-CCIC Next Generation Program, l’Association québécoise des organismes de coopération internationale (AQOCI), MITACS and the University of Ottawa, this report provides recommendations for CSOs and Global Affairs Canada.

Read the report here.

Centre of Expertise on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Serving Canadian international development and humanitarian aid organizations 

Centre of Expertise on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse: Serving Canadian international development and humanitarian aid organizations 


Contribute to organisational culture change within the Canadian International Cooperation community by providing online resources, training, and consultation services to enable organizations in the sector to adopt gender-responsive best practices to prevent sexual exploitation and abuse in their operations, with their partners, and particularly towards women and girls. 



With a focus on organizations and beneficiaries of Canadian aid, Digna seeks to meet the following objectives:  

  1. Help the Canadian international development and humanitarian sector’s organisations to improve their ability to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse within their organizations and towards their beneficiaries, particularly women and girls.   
  2. Raise awareness of gender-responsive good practices to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse; and  
  3. Increase the access to and the use of gender-responsive resources to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse. 

We encourage and want to support organisations of the sector to commit to PSEA in several ways, including through signing the CCIC Leaders Pledge on Preventing and Addressing Sexual Misconduct, through adherence to international guidelines, and ongoing efforts to adopt good practices that inform policies, procedures and partnerships.  



What's in a name?

The word “Digna” is Latin for “worthy.  Digna supports the Canadian international development and humanitarian sector to be worthy of the trust placed in them by Canadian citizens, by our Government and by millions of beneficiaries of Canadian official development assistance around the world.

The Canadian sector is diverse, including organizations of all sizes – from small groups operating on the commitment of just one or two volunteers, to large registered charities with multiple offices and hundreds of employees. It has groups that focus on a single health clinic, school, or orphanage, to multiple-disciplinary development agencies supporting multiple development goals in complex systems and rapid response humanitarian organizations.

Digna’s logo seeks to represent this diversity in the variety of sizes and colours of circles, grouped in a wider circle to evoke movement and synergy, with one space left open – a placeholder for those still to join, an opening for influence beyond our nation and our sector and an acknowledgement that the work is never complete.  

We strive to be worthy; to be Digna! 



In April of 2018, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) invited representatives of its diverse membership to form a Steering Committee on the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Misconduct. In its first meetings, the Steering Committee defined its mandate to include supporting the broader development and humanitarian sector in the identification and implementation of best practices and the securing of resources to maintain this work.  

In the following months, the Steering Committee authored the “Leaders Pledge  and secured the commitment of more than 100 organizational CEOs to promoting cultures of PSEA within their organizations. It also strengthened connections between the civil society organizations represented by CCIC and the working group on preventing sexual exploitation within Global Affairs Canada. 

In the spring of 2019, CCIC submitted a proposal to Global Affairs Canada, on behalf of and in collaboration with the Steering Committee, to partner in developing a resource centre to facilitate PSEA coordination across the sector. With the support of Global Affairs Canada, CCIC began the work of developing Digna in the fall of 2019. 


Open Letter

To learn simple steps to PSEA, we invite you to read this open letter that Brigitte Demers, Digna’s former manager, has addressed to the organizations of the international humanitarian and development assistance sector of Canada.





The toolkits will soon be available in French


Toolkits for Addressing the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse 

Through a feminist approach, Digna aims to provide organizations with best practices and practical tools to enable 1) work towards the prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse (SEA), and 2) address SEA incidents in a more informed way, having a survivor-centered approach as the base for action. 

The toolkits explore strategies that can be used while working towards the prevention of SEA. Based on the database of resources under compilation by Digna, we have developed eight different toolkits. In general terms, they unpack what many different organizations from the international development and humanitarian sector have done to address SEA. This includes their approaches to managing risk, their strategies and the best practices they have put forth. This document provides the full set of toolkits, each available individually. Overall, the eight toolkits provide over forty straightforward and practical documents. 


Digna is committed to providing your organization with clear and useful tools. We hope they will help your work developing PSEA policies, as well as reaching partners and beneficiaries in a respectful and ethical way. 

Global Affairs Canada Funding

Digna is made possible through the generous financial support of the Government of Canada. 






Call for nominations to the CCIC Board of Directors

Call for nominations to the CCIC Board of Directors

CCIC’s Board is composed of 14 Directors, elected to represent the diversity of our membership. At our AGM in June, members will be called upon to renew the mandates of some directors which seek re-election at the end of their two-year mandate. In addition, following the resignation of one director, members will also be asked to elect a new member of the Board.  In preparation, a call for nominations is now open and members are invited to submit the nomination of candidates by completing and returning this form by May 8 to Mona Murango at


In preparation for this call for nominations, the CCIC Board Governance, Nominations and HR Committee has reviewed the present Board composition and our Board diversity policy. While overall Board diversity is strong and reflective of membership-wide diversity, the Committee nonetheless wishes to share some areas where it feels additional representation would be welcome. Nominations which present one or more of the following characteristics would help to round out Board diversity even further.


  • Bilingualism in Canada’s two official languages
  • Youth
  • First Nations
  • Global South / Cultural Diversity
  • Faith community affiliation
  • Labour movement affiliation
  • Prairie provinces representation


The characteristics above are not requirements for nominations and it is acknowledged it would be highly unlikely for any one candidate to tick all of these boxes. These are provided only as a guide and to encourage nominations which may assist in further expanding the diversity of voices on the CCIC Board.

Development Unplugged S02E08: ODA and Canadian Public Opinion

Development Unplugged S02E08: ODA and Canadian Public Opinion

In this episode, host Nic Moyer is joined by David Coletto, CEO of Abacus Data, a public opinion polling firm. They discuss Canadian public opinion about international development and explore how to refine arguments to gain public support for ODA. They also review results from a public opinion survey done by Abacus Data that CCIC commissioned for International Development Week 2020.

Don’t miss the end of the episode, where Moyer and Coletto discuss COVID-19 and its implications on engaging communities today and in a post-COVID world.



Press Release – More federal funding for global fight against COVID-19

Press Release – More federal funding for global fight against COVID-19



The Canadian Council for International Co-operation welcomes federal investment of $159.5 million to support global fight against COVID-19


OTTAWA, ON, April 5, 2020 – The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) applauds today’s federal government announcement of an allocation of $159.5 million in funding to support global efforts to respond to the COVID-19 crisis and its impacts on the world’s most vulnerable people.

Today’s announcement includes a previous commitment to provide $50 million to international assistance to the World Health Organization and other partners in response to the novel coronavirus. It is part of the government’s $107 billion investment to fight the pandemic both at home and abroad. As Canada rightly continues to prioritize the safety of Canadians, CCIC and its members encourage the federal government to contribute significantly and proportionally to a global pandemic response. Canada’s continued investment in international assistance during this time will help those most vulnerable to the impact of the virus—those living in poor countries with weak public health systems—while also helping to prevent its further spread and entrenchment.

“This virus knows no borders,” said Nicolas Moyer, CEO of CCIC. “To effectively respond to this global pandemic, we need a global approach. Canada’s commitments today will enable and equip partners to support the world’s most vulnerable people so that every family is protected in this crisis and nobody is left behind.”

Today’s enhanced commitment acknowledges that the response to this global pandemic will require global solutions. Canadian international development and humanitarian workers are on the front lines of prevention and response to COVID-19. Their brave work – supported by Canadian investments like the one announced today – protects vulnerable populations in developing countries as well as Canadians at home and around the world. Canada’s development and humanitarian workers are helping ensure that a potential second wave of this pandemic is stopped before it starts, and this money will help our neighbours as well as keep Canadians safe. This investment will help Canadian assistance and health workers do their vital jobs around the world.

CCIC member organizations are active around the globe aiding communities at risk in this pandemic. CCIC and its members look forward to continuing to work with the federal government to support global efforts to address and contain COVID-19.



About the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC):  

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) is Canada’s national association representing international development and humanitarian organizations. Together with our member organizations, CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all. CCIC is committed to making this goal a public priority and to encouraging the actions necessary to make a poverty-free world a reality.  


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