Partnering with Global Affairs Canada to Enhance Canada’s International Assistance 

As part of Cooperation Canada’s efforts to support an enabling environment for civil society in Canada and abroad and elevate the voice and influence of Cooperation Canada members, we regularly collaborate with Global Affairs Canada (GAC).  

This includes: 

  • Dialogue: Collaboration on an annual dialogue between GAC and civil society organizations (CSOs) as well as regular, thematic or region-specific dialogues. 
  • Consultation: Organization of and participation in formal and informal consultations for Cooperation Canada members and other international cooperation stakeholders.
  • Events: Collaboration on joint events and efforts to ensure GAC participation in sector events. 
  • Civil society representation in special initiatives: Participation, on the sector’s behalf, in ad hoctypically time bound GAC committees or advisory groups. Past and current examples include the Gender Equality Fund Advisory Committee (2018-19), COVID-19 Reflection Group (2020) and the Public Engagement Advisory Group (2020). 
  • Improving Canadian international assistance: Participation in institutional working groups dedicated to addressing civil society concerns related to funding agreements and processes, as well as implementation of Canada’s Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance – A Feminist Approach. Cooperation Canada leverages its national membership to inform GAC decisions and processes through three key working groups: the Task Force for Increasing Effectiveness (TAFIE), Cooperation Canada Chief Financial Officer Working Group and Civil Society Policy Advisory Group (CPAG).

 

Please consult the info sheet below to understand why these groups exist, who is involved, what they are doing and how Cooperation Canada members can participate. 

Please consult this info sheet

Canada’s Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance – A Feminist Approach

Civil Society Policy Advisory Group (CPAG)

Task Force on Increasing Effectiveness (TAFIE)

Chief Financial Officer Working Group (CFO)

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2022 CSO-GAC Dialogue on International Assistance and Development: A conversation on fostering an enabling environment for civil society 

2022 CSO-GAC Dialogue on International Assistance and Development: A conversation on fostering an enabling environment for civil society 

On June 30, Cooperation Canada and Global Affairs Canada (GAC) co-hosted the annual CSO-GAC dialogue on international assistance and development issues. At the dialogue, co-chairs of the Civil Society Policy Advisory Group (CPAG) launched a High-Level Narrative Update on Canada’s progress in implementing Canada’s Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance – A feminist approach (the Policy)

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 without a charitable status. As the sector gears up for a new season of efforts of legislative change, we hope this Q&A will help.

Cooperation Canada, CanWaCH and the Humanitarian Coalition applaud the Government of Canada’s early response to avert the looming famine catastrophe

Cooperation Canada, CanWaCH and the Humanitarian Coalition applaud the Government of Canada’s early response to avert the looming famine catastrophe

Today, the Government of Canada announced the allocation of $155 million CAD to support countries at the brink of famine. This decision is critical: right now, 11 people are dying every minute due to hunger and 41 million people are at risk of starvation. By acting now, before famine is declared, the Government is helping to prevent a catastrophe.