Is Canada Back? Delivering on Good Intentions will be held at Carleton University
Is Canada Back? Delivering on Good Intentions
The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) Annual Conference
in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID)
hosted by Carleton University
After winning the Canadian federal election in 2015, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proclaimed that ‘Canada is back’ – a message to citizens and the international community alike that Canada has regained its “compassionate and constructive voice”. The Liberal party began to roll out short- and long-term policy priorities that included an interest in addressing climate change, a commitment to human rights-based approaches, tackling gender inequality and empowering women and girls, adopting the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action, supporting youth movements, expressing interest in progressive trade, and a pledge to adopt the sustainable development goals (SDGs) domestically and abroad.
The government ambitiously penned a number of promising policies and developed initiatives to address their new priorities, including signing the Paris Climate Treaty in 2015, publicly embracing the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), launching Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy in June 2017, establishing a Canadian Development Finance Institution (DFI), creating a Canadian ombudsperson for responsible enterprise (CORE) in January 2018, and committing to integrated approaches championed by the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Canadian international development sector and its allies cautiously welcomed this shifting landscape. In many instances, the sector (civil society organizations, academics, etc.) has been consulted in the lead-up to policy formation.
Yet as we approach the final year of this government’s four-year mandate, a common criticism is the lack of concrete action to accompany the government’s perceived good policy intentions. Canada’s budget for Official Development Assistance (ODA) remains the lowest of any Canadian government in the past five decades, and the government has been slow to effectively translate the feminist and human rights-based approaches that underpin many of their new policies into practice and measurable results. Meanwhile, despite extensive consultations and lengthy policy design processes, the international development sector has yet to comprehensively implement national and global development frameworks within its work. While fulfilling both Agenda 2030 and the Feminist International Assistance Policy will require integrated action across a full range of global challenges and opportunities, questions linger around the coherence of Canada’s development, diplomatic and trade agendas. In order to prove that Canada is not just back, but taking a leading role in moving the international community forward, the government and civil society must demonstrate their collective resolve to move beyond good intentions. Successful implementation will require concrete actions that respond to the ambitious policies in ways that effectively involve diverse stakeholders, including Canadian and international civil society organizations.
Is Canada Back? Delivering on Good Intentions.
This year’s CCIC conference is organized in partnership with CASID and hosted at Carleton University. The two-day event will welcome approximately 250 stakeholders from international development and humanitarian civil society organizations (CSOs), academics and researchers, key government officials, and policy makers.
Objective: Shared Learnings and Action Toward Change.
The goal of this year’s conference is to engage our audience, participants, and presenters to share learnings, actions, and practices with the potential for change. Our thought-provoking plenary sessions and interactive workshops, led by international and national keynote speakers, will challenge the international development sector to consider new and innovative strategies, learnings, and opportunities in the context of our current policy environment. Participants will be invited to share, explore, and generate ground-breaking practices that will enhance the sector’s capacity to leverage promising policies and intentions into progressive and transformative change. In accordance with the partnership between CCIC and CASID, the conference will be enhanced by a commitment to explore modalities of collaboration between scholars, scholar/practitioners, and development practitioners.
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