Open call for Civil Society Organization representatives to sit on Global Affairs Canada’s Civil Society Policy Advisory Group (CPAG)
Date of call: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Closing date: Friday, March 29, 2019 2:00 PM PACIFIC // 5:00 PM EST
Term commences: April 2019
Announcement of Results of this Call: Mid-April
Term length: To be determined
In late 2017, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) announced a revised policy titled Canada’s Policy for Civil Society Partnerships for International Assistance – A Feminist Approach. The International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Civil Society Partnerships Policy (CSO Policy) was first adopted in February 2015 and subsequently revised in the summer of 2017. The policy follows on the heels of the June 9, 2017 launch of the new Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP), which was the result of an extensive, yearlong consultation with Canadians. As part of this new Partnerships Policy GAC asked the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils (ICN) and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) to jointly select seven CSO representatives that represent a broad gender, linguistic, geographic and sectoral diversity of CSOs to serve on the CSO Policy Advisory Group with three executive members of Global Affairs Canada. The group began meeting in 2018 to guide implementation of the policy. Inspired by the guiding principles of the CSO Policy, the advisory group will provide advice to Global Affairs Canada on the approach and priorities necessary to support effective implementation of the CSO Policy. The advisory group will also play a role in advising the Department on the structure and focus of an annual CSO-Global Affairs Canada Meeting.
What are these meetings about?
The advisory group works in direct collaboration with the Engaging Canadians Bureau at GAC and comprises a group of representative CSO stakeholders with knowledge and expertise related to the nine action areas of the
CSO Policy. The partnership is guided by principles of inclusivity, transparency and accountability, results and ownership, as well as mutual respect and a commitment for learning.
Global Affairs Canada will review and adopt, as appropriate, recommendations from the advisory group in the context of the Department’s work to finalize and implement an implementation plan for the CSO Policy and to plan the annual meetings. The advisory group meets on a quarterly basis and may call more meetings on an ad hoc basis when warranted and agreed upon by the members. Meetings occur by teleconference or videoconference and in person, and documents for discussion shall, as much as possible, be shared ahead of meetings, whilst key decisions will be taken during meetings. The Chairperson role will rotate approximately annually between civil society members of the advisory group. A member of Global Affairs Canada will be appointed as meeting co-chair, and this position will also rotate approximately annually. The Secretariat for the advisory group will rest with the Engagement and Civil Society Unit of the Engaging Canadians Bureau at Global Affairs Canada. Terms of Reference were reviewed and adopted at the first meeting of the advisory group and reviewed annually throughout the implementation phase of the Advisory Group.
What is the advisory role about?
The advisory group is made up of approximately ten members, now including eight from the CSO community of international cooperation and sustainability who are representative partner organizations from civil society (with the remainder from Global Affairs Canada). The body as a whole will strive to include diverse areas of expertise on CSO issues, including feminist approaches to development, and will strive for gender and linguistic balance among participants. In particular it will discuss and advise on priority objectives and action areas for the CSO Policy, recommend additional action areas for inclusion in the implementation plan, as appropriate, provide input to the implementation approach and plan format as well as the CSO Policy annual meeting.
- Global Affairs Canada and CCIC held a joint webinar on the Policy that can be viewed here.
- Consultation documents on the Policy can be found here.
- The ICN consultation submission can be found here.
- The CCIC’s consultation submission can be found here.
To apply, all applicants for the Advisory Group must be:
1) Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents.
2) Fluent in either official language or preferably both.
3) Able to participate in four or more meetings per year.
Please fill out this form and submit it by 2:00 PM PST/ 5:00 PM EST, March 29, 2019.
For more information, please contact either CCIC or the ICN.
The International Internships for Indigenous Youth program is recruiting
ACIC & NCGC have officially launched year 2 recruitment for the International Internships for Indigenous Youth Program!
The IIIY program offers internships in 6 countries: Cambodia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Nepal and Myanmar. Over 5 years, these organizations will support 100 Indigenous Youth in engaging in community development both internationally and at home. By providing internships that give opportunities to gain transferable skills, learn about key development issues at home and abroad, and explore education and career pathways in the field of international development.
The deadline to apply for the second cohort departing in August is March 24th, 2019.
Have your say on Canada’s 2019-2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy
The Sustainable Development Office of Canada has released their draft 2019 to 2022 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (the Strategy) for public consultation until April 2, 2019. The previous strategy was shaped by consultations and we encourage you to review this new draft and help us improve it. We have also just released the 2018 Progress Report, which tracks progress toward the 25 sustainable development targets set out in the 2016–2019 Strategy.
You are invited to share your views on the Strategy by:
- Submitting comments through the sortable online version of the draft Strategy using the comment boxes
- Replying to our posts on Facebook and Twitter, following the hashtag #SustDev
- Emailing your comments to email@example.com
- Writing to our office at:
Sustainable Development Office
200 Sacré-Coeur Boulevard, 7th floor
Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0H3
- Visiting our interactive consultation website Get Involved to join in on the conversation about sustainability
You can learn more about the Strategy by participating in a webinar on Tuesday, December 11th . Register here.
International Financial Institutions (IFI) Bootcamp 2019
This interactive workshop will provide practical strategies on how to pursue opportunities in developing countries and emerging markets that is financed by international financial institutions (IFIs) like the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank and others.
For more information and to register for this event visit goo.gl/ijbEML
Next year is the “United Nations International Year of Indigenous Languages”. In order to commemorate the importance of indigenous languages and actions and measures taken to preserve them, UNESCO has launched a website.
“The website will contribute to raising the awareness about this International Year and about the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages around the world.”
Check it out and become a part of this important initiative:https://en.iyil2019.org
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A free mobile app to discover the #SDGs and promote sustainable actions through pictures and video sharing. If you’re a fan of the #GlobalGoals, you have to check it out! Mapting will connect you to Sustainable Development Goals movers-and-shakers around the world. Share the good things happening in your community, and improve your knowledge.
Even though International Women’s Day 2018 is over, work towards achieving gender equality continues. Join the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation in using the hashtag #HerVoice to amplify the voices and contributions of all women all the time.