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Find out what Cooperation Canada has to say about the latest issues of importance to international development.

BHM 2024- Interview with Carelle Mang-Benza

BHM 2024- Interview with Carelle Mang-Benza

Interview with Carelle Mang-Benza, Policy Lead at Cooperation Canada   1. Why did you decide to work in international cooperation and what have been some career highlights?   When I first worked with a bilateral donor many years ago, I was more interested in the...

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A Look Back at IDW2024

A Look Back at IDW2024

From 4 to 10 February, Canadians from coast to coast to coast and internationally participated in International Development Week (IDW), an annual moment to celebrate Canada’s contributions to eradicating poverty and to a more peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous world....

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The 2023 Cooperation Canada Awards Winners

The 2023 Cooperation Canada Awards Winners

Each year, the Cooperation Canada Awards recognize excellence and merit in the field of international cooperation by awarding prizes to individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in the past year. Last February 7, nearly a hundred people attended...

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BHM 2024 – Interview with Andy Ouédraogo

BHM 2024 – Interview with Andy Ouédraogo

Interview with Andy Ouédraogo, Research and Program Officer at Cooperation Canada   1. Why did you decide to work in international cooperation and what have been some career highlights?  Growing up, my parents served as guiding beacons, inspiring a deep-rooted...

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Black History Month 2024 Statement

Black History Month 2024 Statement

As we celebrate Black History Month, we at Cooperation Canada renew our commitment to key principles at the heart of our work: inclusion, equity and decolonization. We recognize that building an equitable world begins with understanding, respect and solidarity. We are...

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An Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

An Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Cooperation Canada stands with over 100 Canadian Civil society organizations calling on the government of Canada to play a leading world in a deeply insecure world. Read our Open Letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the 2024 federal budget.

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Looking Ahead to a New Year

Looking Ahead to a New Year

In 2023, the inequalities and injustices that many of us work hard to alleviate escalated in many parts of the world. Conflict, deepening food insecurity, global economic instability, the devastating effects of the climate crisis, and attacks on women’s rights, human...

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Celebrate IDW 2024 with Cooperation Canada

Celebrate IDW 2024 with Cooperation Canada

Each year, as part of International Development Week (IDW), Canadians are invited to participate in activities and celebrate their contribution to eradicating poverty and building a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world. This year, IDW2024 will take place from...

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Register to the Cooperation Canada Awards Ceremony

Register to the Cooperation Canada Awards Ceremony

The Cooperation Canada Awards recognizes excellence and merit in the field of international cooperation by awarding prizes to individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in the past year. On February 7, 2024, from 4 to 5 pm ET, Cooperation Canada...

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Launch of Resilient Societies

Launch of Resilient Societies

November 29, 2023, Ottawa - At a time when human rights and democracy are under threat in many parts of the world, Cooperation Canada is proud to participate in the launch of Resilient Societies, a new activist-led hub that provides support and creates spaces for...

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Community Conflict Management in Southern Somalia

Community Conflict Management in Southern Somalia

This story is part of Cooperation Canada’s Triple Nexus Spotlight Series     In 2020 Development and Peace – Caritas Canada, in partnership with Trócaire, initiated a three-year project to support vulnerable communities, particularly women, in Internally...

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A Look Back at Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Forum

A Look Back at Cooperation Canada Leaders’ Forum

On 18 and 19 October 2023, Cooperation Canada hosted its inaugural Leaders' Forum, an opportunity for more than 70 leaders of Cooperation Canada member organizations to come together, network and strategize on the key priorities, trends and contexts shaping...

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New Report: 2023 Canadian Aid Trends

New Report: 2023 Canadian Aid Trends

Cooperation Canada and AidWatch Canada are proud to collaborate on an important report looking into Canadian international assistance. The information unearthed in this report is crucial for anyone following Canada’s contributions to international assistance and a...

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2023 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

2023 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

On September 30, 2023, Cooperation Canada will mark the third National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Our offices will be closed on October 2, 2023. We are encouraging our team, members and partners to reflect on the historic and ongoing violence committed against...

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Cooperation Canada’s 2022-23 Annual Report

Cooperation Canada’s 2022-23 Annual Report

Cooperation Canada’s 2022-23 Annual Report is now available! This year's annual report presents the incredible work we've done in collaboration with our members on policy, advocacy and capacity building. We're also delighted to revisit some of our flagship activities...

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The Future of Canada’s Engagement with Africa

The Future of Canada’s Engagement with Africa

In recent months, Cooperation Canada and its members have actively engaged in conversations with Global Affairs Canada and other political actors about relationships between Canada and Africa, seeking to contribute to the redefinition of the rules of our engagement...

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Meeting of the Futures Initiative’s Core Advisory Group

Meeting of the Futures Initiative’s Core Advisory Group

On July 11, 2023, the members of the Core Advisory Group of the Global Cooperation Futures Initiative met to discuss progress made so far, provide feedback as well as recommendations for the next phases of the project.   The Core Advisory Group is a subset of the...

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Canada and the Summit for Democracy

Canada and the Summit for Democracy

What is the Summit for Democracy?  In December 2021, US President Joe Biden hosted a Summit for Democracy focussed on the important themes of defence against authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and respect for human rights. On March 29-30 of this year, the second...

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Reacting to the 2023 Federal Budget

Reacting to the 2023 Federal Budget

On April 4, 2023, Cooperation Canada organized a panel discussion to examine Canadian aid trends, reflect on the 2023 Federal Budget, which was tabled on 28 March, 2023, and discuss its connections with the global cooperation architecture. The panel, moderated by Kate...

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Canada’s 2023 SDG Roadmap

Canada’s 2023 SDG Roadmap

The SDG Summit planned in September 2023 will be the second SDG Summit since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda in 2015. It will mark the mid-point of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and raise the alarm on the slow progress toward the 17...

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ADVOCACY FOR BUDGET 2023: Where Do We Stand?

ADVOCACY FOR BUDGET 2023: Where Do We Stand?

The 2023 federal budget will be tabled on 28 March, 2023. Advocates and organizations in international cooperation, and members of Cooperation Canada especially, have been working publicly and behind the scenes to send the following message to Minister Freeland and...

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Retrospective of IDW2023 at Cooperation Canada

Retrospective of IDW2023 at Cooperation Canada

From February 5 to 11, Canadians celebrated from coast to coast to coast and internationally International Development Week (IDW), an annual moment to get involved in activities and celebrate their contributions to eradicating poverty and to a more peaceful,...

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The 2022 Cooperation Canada Awards Winners

The 2022 Cooperation Canada Awards Winners

Each year, the Cooperation Canada Awards recognizes excellence and merit in the field of international cooperation by awarding prizes to individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in the past year.  Last February 9, with World University Service...

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Celebrate IDW2023 with Cooperation Canada

Celebrate IDW2023 with Cooperation Canada

Every year, through International Development Week (IDW), Canadians are invited from coast to coast to coast and internationally to get involved in activities and celebrate their contributions to eradicating poverty and to a more peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous...

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Join us for the 2022 Cooperation Canada Awards

Join us for the 2022 Cooperation Canada Awards

The Cooperation Canada Awards recognizes excellence and merit in the field of international cooperation by awarding prizes to individuals or organizations that have distinguished themselves in the past year. Each year, Cooperation Canada recognizes outstanding...

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Celebrating 3 years of Digna!

Celebrating 3 years of Digna!

Cooperation Canada is very proud to host Digna, the Canadian Centre of expertise on PSEA, funded by Global Affairs Canada. Would you like to see some of their achievements in the last three years?Remember, there is still work to do. We must commit to maintaining PSEA...

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HRN Thematic Event – Triple Nexus

HRN Thematic Event – Triple Nexus

As part of the increasing needs to respond to the realities on-the-ground, there have been calls for sectoral reforms to work toward a more holistic approach to delivering aid. Indeed, the humanitarian-development-peace nexus, or triple nexus, drives the different...

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Cooperation Canada CEO’s Year in Review

Cooperation Canada CEO’s Year in Review

As we close 2022, and look ahead to 2023, I’ve been reflecting on the past year, and what lies ahead.  While many of us will be taking time off over the holidays to rest, relax, and spend time with loved ones, we know that millions of people around the world are not...

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Celebrating World Futures Day for the first time!

December 2nd, 2022 is the first World Futures Day! In this inaugural celebration, World Futures Day will focus on improving long-term resilience through futures and anticipatory approaches, including strategic foresight. Strategic foresight is also at the core of the...

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Cooperation Canada Launches its 2021-2022 Annual Report

Cooperation Canada Launches its 2021-2022 Annual Report

Cooperation Canada’s 2021-2022 Annual Report is now available! The annual report details the work accomplished in 2021-2022 in the areas of advocacy and policy, collaboration and capacity building. The report also highlights the programs housed within Cooperation...

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Community of Democracies’ Civil Society Pillar Assembly

On September 15, 2022, Canada took over the presidency of the Community of Democracies (CoD) from Romania for a period of one year. Cooperation Canada is thrilled to see Canada take this leadership role, with Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, being...

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All Eyes on Canada to #FightForWhatCounts

*Guest article by Leigh Raithby, Results Canada   More than two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, its impacts on communities are still emerging, as the world copes with the loss of millions of lives and livelihoods. While the world rethinks what victory over the...

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Decriminalizing humanitarian aid in Afghanistan

Following the retreat of NATO forces and the subsequent Taliban takeover of Afghanistan one year ago, living conditions have deteriorated for people in Afghanistan. In part, the current humanitarian crisis stems from long-standing issues: natural disasters, climate...

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Cooperation Canada’s Ukraine webinar follow up

Cooperation Canada’s Ukraine webinar follow up

Cooperation Canada held a webinar on June 9th, following the 100 days of War in Ukraine. Using a feminist lens, the panel discussed the needs of displaced persons and broader, media coverage, humanitarian response and foreign policy.   We thank our panel and...

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Meeting our members in Ottawa

Meeting our members in Ottawa

Last week, Cooperation Canada held a meeting with its members for the first time since the pandemic began. The event provided an opportunity for informal exchanges, reinforcing the close ties that unite people in our sector. Here are some photos of our exchanges and...

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Budget Implementation Act (BIA) Amendment

Budget Implementation Act (BIA) Amendment

Over 60 Canadian global development & humanitarian organizations are standing together to urge the Government of Canada to amend the Budget Implementation Act (BIA) so we can engage in more equitable partnerships with communities at the forefront of change in...

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Podcast on 2030 Agenda and the SDGs

Cooperation Canada’s Research and Policy Officer, Ana de Oliveira, joined colleagues from organizations around the globe to discuss how country-led evaluations play a role in assessing the progress of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. Organized by EvalSDGs, the...

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A Parliament that works for a more stable world

A Parliament that works for a more stable world

Working in partnership across the sector, Cooperation Canada joined the 495 individuals and groups that requested resources and support through the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s pre-budget consultations in 2021. Our submission asked for an...

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Cooperation Canada expands and welcomes new team members

Cooperation Canada expands and welcomes new team members

2022 is a time of renewal and Cooperation Canada welcomes several new members to its team. Together, they bring a wealth of experience in the sector and will contribute significantly to our ability to bring our stakeholders together and improve communications,...

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Sixth Edition of Progressing National SDGs Implementation

Sixth Edition of Progressing National SDGs Implementation

The Progressing National SDGs Implementation report provides an independent analysis of reporting by United Nations Member States to the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). Supported by a coalition of civil society organizations from around...

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Is the end near for Direction and Control?

Is the end near for Direction and Control?

In June, Cooperation Canada held a session dedicated to the sector-wide efforts to address the outdated regulatory framework of ‘direction and control’ which imposes significant barriers to establishing equitable relationships with communities and organizations...

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Why we wear orange on September 30

Orange Shirt Day derives from the story of residential school survivor, Phyllis Webstad, from the Stswecem'c Xgat'tem First Nation. At the young age of 6, Phyllis was forced by the Canadian government to attend residential school. For her first day, she was excited...

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Cooperation Canada names two consecutive interim CEOs

Cooperation Canada names two consecutive interim CEOs

Cooperation Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of two interim CEOs, following former CEO Nicolas Moyer’s departure. Maxime Michel will be interim CEO until the end of 2021.  Maxime takes on this new role after overseeing Cooperation Canada’s programs and...

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Cooperation Canada’s statement on situation in Afghanistan

Cooperation Canada’s statement on situation in Afghanistan

  Cooperation Canada urges Canada and the international community to mobilize all the necessary resources to address the human rights crisis in Afghanistan. Following the expedited withdrawal of American and NATO forces after 20 years of military intervention in...

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CPAG Membership – Call for Expressions of Interest

Global Affairs Canada and Cooperation Canada are co-Chairs of the Civil Society Policy Advisory Group (CPAG), which aims to advance to achievement of objectives outlined in Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) and the related GAC CSO Partnership...

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Open Letter from the Anti-Racism Advisory Group

Open Letter from the Anti-Racism Advisory Group

          Dear sector colleagues,   We hope your 2021 is off to a great start. We are proud to announce that the Anti-Racism Advisory Group convened by Cooperation Canada has finalized the Anti-Racism Framework for our sector. The group...

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Top 5 green building certifications for CSOs

Top 5 green building certifications for CSOs

Thinking of greening your building? Here are our top 5 certifications from our repository!    Reaching the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires integrating environment and climate change considerations into our everyday...

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Canada’s global response to COVID-19: Investing in Aid

In March 2020, the Minister for International Development, Karina Gould, announced what she referred to as the first phase of Canada’s support to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic. The $159.5 million was largely allocated to multilateral institutions and included...

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LAUNCH OF NEW WORKING PAPER ON COALITIONS AND AGENDA 2030

LAUNCH OF NEW WORKING PAPER ON COALITIONS AND AGENDA 2030

The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), in partnership with Action for Sustainable Development and Forus, today announced the release of a new working paper, Transformative...

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Pre-budget consultations in advance of the 2021 budget

Pre-budget consultations in advance of the 2021 budget

CCIC has submitted the pre-budget consultation submission alongside the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) and the Canadian Coalition for Climate Change and Development (C4D). Many thanks to all who provided insight throughout...

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Call to localization in the time of COVID-19

Now in its 100th year of service, with experience in more than 50 countries during times of calm and crisis, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) has learned again and again the value of working with local partners to shape and customize programs. Standardized best...

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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...

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Press Release – Funding to fight COVID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    The Canadian Council for International Co-operation applauds federal investment of $8M to help global fight against COVID-19     OTTAWA, On, March 20, 2020 – The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) welcomes...

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How CCIC is responding to COVID-19

The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way many of us operate on a day-to-day basis. We have seen the cancellation of events, closing of stores, restaurants and workplaces, and the need for social distancing in order to help control the spread of the...

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Development Unplugged S02E07: Beijing +25

Development Unplugged S02E07: Beijing +25

In this episode, Nicolas Moyer, president and CEO of CCIC, leads a discussion focusing on the 25-year anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women held in Beijing in 1995.Joining Nicolas to discuss what we can expect to see taking place in...

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The Next Generation Final Evaluation Summary is out!

With the approaching closure of the Next Generation Program, the time has come to read and reflect on the multitude of achievements the program has brought to our sector. The program inspired the policy, practice and investments decisions of civil society...

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TWO WINNING SOLUTIONS TO THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST PROBLEMS

Originally published by Future of Good Go for the Goals  WHY IT MATTERSTo mark the 30th anniversary of the International Development Week, The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) and World University Service Canada (WUSC) launched the...

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Impact and Innovation Awards – Winner Announcements

Impact and Innovation Awards – Winner Announcements

The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) and World University Service of Canada (WUSC), in collaboration with the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award, are pleased to announce the recipients of the Impact and Innovation Awards in Honour of...

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Canadians Support More Spending on International Aid

Ottawa, February 5, 2020 – The numbers are in: A majority of Canadians want their country to do more to help the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people.  This year, for the 30th edition of International Development Week (February 2-8), the Canadian...

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A conspiracy with hope

A conspiracy with hope

For International Development Week 2020, we are showcasing the impact that our member organizations are having around the world. This blog post, from Jennifer Henry of KAIROS, is the third in a special series. Make sure to read it and share it with your...

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Empowered women lift a community

For International Development Week 2020, we are showcasing the impact that our member organizations are having around the world. This blog post from Will Postma, Executive Director, PWRDF is the first in a special series. Make sure to read it and share it...

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Calling Out Internet Scams

Warning: Fraudulent use of CCIC name and identity Ottawa, January 7, 2020 - CCIC advises the public that it has become aware of a fraudulent use of its name and image.  CCIC has become aware of a website using replicated content from our real site to...

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Member Benefit: Via Rail Discount Code

Member Benefit: Via Rail Discount Code

As a CCIC member organization, employees can access a members-only discount code on travel with Via Rail. CCIC has partnered with Via Rail to encourage our members to travel by rail to our events, but also in your everyday travel needs. This is just one...

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NextGen’s Guide for Research Partnership Agreements

NextGen’s Guide for Research Partnership Agreements

“When embarking on a collaborative research project, reaching a shared understanding of project priorities, approaches, goals and motivations at the outset of the partnership can help ensure that the all partners’ needs and expectations are clear.”  The...

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The CCIC Family is Growing!

The CCIC Family is Growing!

We are pleased to welcome the newest members to the CCIC family!  E-mail: [email protected] Brigitte Demers, Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) Specialist & Sector Hub Manager Program ManagerBrigitte Demers is a...

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Humanitarian Discussions, Policy, and Funding

HRN Heads of Agencies MeetingLeaders from members of the Humanitarian Response Network of Canada (HRN) met on September 30th in Montreal at the HRN Heads of Agency Meeting (HoA). This annual event convenes Executive Directors and CEOs of HRN members, their...

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Innovation and Impact Awards

Innovation and Impact Awards

  Cooperation Canada and the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), in collaboration with the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award, is pleased to launch the Innovation and Impact Awards. Innovation is at the core of Cooperation Canada's work and is captured...

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New CCIC Member: Hope and Healing International

CCIC is happy to welcome Hope and Healing International (formerly cbm Canada) as its newest member! Hope and Healing International has over 110 years of experience developing proven community-based programs that help millions of people break out of the...

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KAIROS’ Women of Courage Empowers Women Peacebuilders

The Women, Peace and Security Group - Parliamentary Visit (Photo submitted by KAIROS)Throughout Gender Equality Week, CCIC will highlight the work that some of our members are doing to advance gender equality. This blog post was written by Rachel Warden of KAIROS...

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Letter to Leaders’ Debate Commission

Letter to Leaders’ Debate Commission

  CCIC has sent the following letter to the Leaders’ Debate Commission asking for questions on Canada's foreign policy and international development efforts to be included in the leaders’ debates that will take place on the week of October 7. This letter was...

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New CCIC Member: MEDA

We are happy to welcome MEDA as CCIC's newest member! MEDA - Mennonite Economic Development Associates - is an international economic development organization whose mission is to create business solutions to poverty.Since 1953, MEDA (Mennonite Economic...

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