Canadian Council for International Co-operation
CCIC is a coalition of Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development. CCIC seeks to end global poverty and to promote social justice and human dignity for all.
The Council’s broad vision of development as articulated in the 10-Point Agenda to End Global Poverty and Injustice is reconfirmed – not as a work plan for the CCIC Secretariat but as a guiding framework for CCIC as a whole and as a situating document to help inform the way in which Council spokespersons characterize the positions of the sector writ large. The 10-Point Agenda to End Global Poverty and Injustice asserts development in a human rights framework.
What CCIC Does
Established in 1968, CCIC monitors and analyzes federal policies on foreign affairs, aid, trade, debt and defence and communicates its findings to members and the public. The Council brings to the Canadian foreign policy-making arena the unique experience and knowledge of Canadian development practitioners and their Southern partners.
Working with member organizations across the country, CCIC also seeks to enable its members to engage Canadians in a collective search for development alternatives.Through its links with like-minded domestic organizations, and by participating in international networks, CCIC connects its members to civil society organizations working in common cause around the globe.
The Council also facilitates organizational learning and development among members by assisting their leaders and staff to adapt to a changing environment and changing expectations of their roles.
CCIC members include approximately 100 Canadian non-profit organizations working, both in Canada and overseas, on the front lines of social justice, humanitarian aid, economic and democratic development. Among them are religious and secular development groups, professional associations, co-operatives, labour unions and groups devoted to literacy, education and youth. Their volunteers, supporters and partners live across Canada and throughout the world.
CCIC members work with co-operatives, citizens’ groups and NGOs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe to:
improve local access to safe water, sanitation, food, shelter, education and primary health care;
promote respect for human rights;
press for corporate social responsibility, environmentally sustainable development and equitable distribution of global resources;
encourage citizen participation in government policy making;
and conduct policy research and campaign for global food security, debt relief, fair trade, child welfare, land reform and improved labour standards.
In Canada, our members work to advance public understanding of development issues and engage Canadians in the fight against global poverty.
CCIC's 10-point Agenda
A Canadian 10-Point Agenda for global action against poverty is the centrepiece of CCIC’s work. Achieving each of these goals is necessary if poverty is to be eradicated:
Promote women’s rights and equality
Promote health and education for all
Promote the right to food and sustainable livelihoods for food producers
Build global economic justice
Ensure corporate accountability
Promote global environmental justice
Support democratic governance and global citizenship
Build a democratic and effective multilateral system
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