OCIC Global Citizens Forum in Toronto Oct 14 and 15, 2010 – capacity building for international dev.

Once every three years the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) organizes its Global Citizens Forum.  It promises to be a great…

CIDA Extends Deadline for Contributions to the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund to October 3, 2010

Here is the press release from the Canadian government on the extension of the contributions to the Pakistan Flood Relief Fund to October 3,…

CIDA’s advice on ensuring that your donation to flood relief in Pakistan is spent well

In CIDA’s Frequently Asked Questions on the Pakistan flooding here is the CIDA advice on picking a good charity to donate to.  Also CIDA…

Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List – September 2010

Here is my “Blumbergs Canadian Charity Law List - September 2010”.  You can add yourself to our newsletter at:…

CRA provides information on Pakistani disaster relief for Canadian charities and donors

Here is a link to CRA’s new page “Floods in Pakistan” http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/whtsnw/tms/pkstn-fldng-eng.html It also has links…

CIDA Announces Pakistan Flood Relief matching program for Canadian charities

CIDA has announced that it will have a matching fund for donations raised by Canadian charities for the Pakistan relief from August 2 to September…

CIDA presentation and material on Partnership with Canadians Branch (PWCB)- August 2010

For those who could not attend the CIDA presentation today in Toronto here is a copy of the CIDA presentation and material on Partnership with…

Minister Oda announces next step to CIDA’s Aid Effectiveness

Here is a press release in which CIDA Minister Bev Oda announces further steps to achieve aid effectiveness.…

CRA’s New Guidance for Canadian Registered Charities Carrying out Activities Outside Canada

CRA has just released a new guidance called “Canadian Registered Charities Carrying out Activities Outside Canada”. …

Conference in Toronto on “What’s Next?” for Sustainable Development in the 21st Century

This conference on June 11, 2010 may be of interestThe International Development Institute at Humber College presents:“What’s Next?” …

Government of Canada Response to Natural Disasters Abroad – presentation from Foreign Affairs

Here is a copy of a presentation by the Government of Canada entitled “Response to Natural Disasters Abroad”.  It was delivered May…

Conflicts of interest, or perceived conflicts of interest, can be very costly for Canadian charities

The New York Times has reported that “The Gates Foundation has withdrawn a $5.2 million grant to a Canadian research center for planned tobacco…

Federal Government Budget increases foreign aid by 8% this year

The March 4, 2010 Federal budget increased Canada’s foreign aid or “International Assistance Envelope” by 8% for the 2010/2011…

Webinar: Haiti – Legal and Ethical Issues for Canadian charities responding to the earthquake

[the archived recording of the webinar Haiti - Legal and Ethical Issues for Canadian charities is now available at…

Article in Embassy “Post-traumatic stress real threat to aid workers, diplomats”

This article by Laura Payton is particularly timely.Post-traumatic stress real threat to aid workers, diplomats…

Outpouring of support for Haiti by Canadians so great that charity servers are crashing!!

Keep the lines and internet sites busy.  Donate to reputable, experienced, knowledgeable Canadian aid organizations that already have operations…

CIDA’s Key Facts about the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund -are your charity’s donations being matched

Here is some information from CIDA with respect to their Haiti donation matching program…

Safety of Canadian Humanitarian Workers – important for people, reputation and funders

In 2009 I attended the Interaction Forum held in Washington, D.C.  The Interaction Forum is the largest gathering of US and international NGOS…

CIDA press release on food security

Here is a CIDA press release on food security http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/ACDI-CIDA.nsf/En/NAD-111881935-HMS?OpenDocument

Article by Lee Berthiaume on CIDA, Auditor General’s Report, Government Response and future of CIDA

Here is an interesting article by Lee Berthiaume in Embassy on CIDA http://embassymag.ca/page/view/cida-11-11-2009

Auditor General Report on the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) out

Here is the 2009 Fall Report of the Auditor General of Canada and Chapter 8—Strengthening Aid Effectiveness—Canadian International…

Bill C-300 Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries Act

The purpose of the proposed “Corporate Accountability of Mining, Oil and Gas Corporations in Developing Countries Act” is to…

Risk Mitigation and Corporate Social Responsibility in Africa Seminar

I will be making a presentation on Legal Structures for Canadian Companies Carrying out CSR Abroad at the Risk Mitigation and CSR in Africa Seminar…

Famine in Eastern and Sub-Saharan Africa

A number of NGOs have tried to spotlight the famine in Eastern and Sub-Saharan Africa and CIDA has just committed further funds to the problem. …