MEMBER NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Amref Health Africa Statement: Emergency response in drought-stricken Afar region of Ethiopia

January 5, 2016 Nairobi, Kenya As the drought and food shortage in parts of Ethiopia continues to worsen, Amref Health Africa is working with communities, all levels of government and partner organizations to identify and address expected public health emergencies.

Registration is open for Humber College's International Development Management Studies Certificate

Thinking of taking your career to the next level? Our line-up of courses for the International Development Management Studies Certificate are now open for registration. These specialized courses are delivered in a five-day in-class workshop by dynamic facilitators who bring their front-line knowledge of international development and humanitarian work into the classroom.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Amnesty International Toronto Regional General Meeting and Dinner

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Oakham House, Ryerson University, 55 Gould Street, Toronto, ON
A one-day conference with guest speakers, including Mohammed Fahmy, Alexandra Kotyk, and Cory Wanless, & workshops on human rights and an evening dinner event with Omar Khadr's attorney, Denis Edney
CALLING ALL AMNESTY MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS: It is time to register for the 2016 AITO Regional General Meeting! Please join us on Saturday, April 30th at Oakham House, Ryerson University for an informative, exciting and participative Human Rights Conference organized by Amnesty International Toronto Organization (AITO). Please note that though the deadline for registration is April 22nd, we would appreciate it if you could register by April 18th, as we need to confirm numbers with the venue.
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Supporting Small-scale Farmers through El-Niño: Stories from the Field

Monday, May 2, 2016
The Currie Room at St.Andrew's Presbytarian Church (enter through the church office), 82 Kent St, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5N9.
Stories from the Field with World Renew's Disaster Response Manager
Join us on Monday May 2nd, 2016 to hear World Renew's Jacqueline Koster share her accounts of the devastating impacts El Niño has had on the livelihoods of small-scale farmers in Africa. Jacqueline will also talk about the strategies World Renew is carrying out to build the capacity of these farmers to help them increase their resilience in dealing with the extreme weather events we are currently experiencing around the globe. Doors open at 6:45 pm, presentation starts at 7:15 pm and will be followed by Q&A. All are welcome to this free event.
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OCIC's Raising Your Standards of Practices in North-South Experiences

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Metro Hall, 55 John St, Toronto, ON M5V 3C6 Meeting Room 308/309. This venue is wheelchair accessible
Are you interested in connecting and collaborating across different sectors?
Join OCIC in collaboration with Gonzalo Duarte of Global x Change for a shared learning workshop and networking event on improving practices in North-South experiences. Do you work in an organization involved in sending volunteers or inters to the global South for service learning, solidarity, research, volun-tourism, or global citizenship purposes? Are you interested in connecting and collaborating across different sectors?
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Survey Design and Analysis for Program Evaluation

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Ryerson University, Toronto
a two-day day workshop in using surveys for program evaluation
Harry Cummings and Associates is pleased to offer a two-day workshop on survey design and analysis methodologies for program evaluation. Topics to be discussed include identifying the scope of your survey, designing survey questions, disseminating surveys, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, and how to report your survey results as part of your evaluation. Registration closes April Registration closes April 30th!
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Transformations Exhibit Launch & Toronto Development Drinks

Thursday, May 5, 2016
RSquared Cafe, 668 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON
Join us for the launch of our Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Peru photo exhibit in the CONTACT Photography Festival, and Toronto Development Drinks.
The event will be held at RSquared Cafe this month. When: Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Where: RSquared Cafe, 668 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON Cost: Admission is free, but registration is required. Click LEARN MORE to register through Eventbrite. "Development Drinks" is a networking event for International Development professionals.
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Save the Date: Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP) Annual Conference

Monday, May 9, 2016
Ottawa venue details to be announced
A conference on "Renewal: A New Era for International Development Professionals"
Mark your calendars! The Annual CAIDP Renewal: A New Era for International Development Professionals CAIDP Annual Conference When: May 9-10, 2016 Where: Ottawa, ON Registration opens soon! A new era in international development is dawning and CAIDP is bringing together the tools and resources you need to meet the challenges.
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"Mexico: seeking peace in a context of violence" with special guest Miguel Álvarez Gándara

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Mary Ward Centre 70 St. Mary Street Toronto, ON M5S 1J3
After Miguel's talk, participants will have an open dialogue on the current complex situation in Mexico
Please join us for an evening presentation by Miguel Álvarez Gándara. Miguel is the president of Serapaz in Mexico City, founded by Bishop Samuel Ruiz. He is a spokesperson for the Movement for Peace with Justice and Dignity, which has publicized the names and photos of thousands of victims killed during the war on drugs. He is working with the families of the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa in their calls for truth and justice. Miguel serves on the boards of the Fray Bartolome de Las Casas Human Rights Centre and the Museo jTatik Samuel, both in Chiapas.
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Public Event - Humanitarian Challenges / Évènement public - Défis humanitaires

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington Street, Ottawa, ON
A thought-provoking discussion on today's global humanitarian challenges
Join the Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP), the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), and the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Global Studies (SIDGS) for a public event with a dynamic and thought-provoking discussion on today's global humanitarian challenges.
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Save the Date for International Cooperation Days 2016: Fit for purpose? The role of CSOs in implementing Agenda 2030

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health, Ottawa, ON
A conference on the role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION DAYS 2016: Fit for purpose? The role of CSOs in implementing Agenda 2030 May 11-12, 2016 Did you enjoy International Cooperation Days 2015? Are you excited about the SDGs’ potential to transform our world, yet feeling overwhelmed by the implications of the 17 goals and 169 indicators on our ways of working? If yes, this conference is for you. International Cooperation Days 2016 is quickly approaching. Mark your calendars, you do not want to miss this event! Join us in Ottawa for two days of stimulating and engaging discussions, presentations and debates!
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Exploring Humanitarian Law 2 Day Educator Training

Friday, May 13, 2016
University of Ottawa Faculty of Education LAMOUREUX HALL (LMX) 145 Jean-Jacques-Lussier private Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Exploring Humanitarian Law 2 Day Educator Training
• Compliments the Canadian and World Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities, and English Studies curriculum • Includes instruction from the National Senior Legal Advisor of the Canadian Red Cross, a representative of the Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Canadian Armed Forces, and teachers currently using the EHL curriculum in their classrooms • Participants receive the Exploring Humanitarian Law toolkit, Canada and Conflict toolkit, curriculum maps, and certificate of completion To register or inquire about the trainings, email ehl@redcross.ca.
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OCIC Communications Networks Conversation 2 - Tech Self Assessment and Planning

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Online via OCIC's eLearning Platform
Increase your reach and impact among your stakeholders.
Join OCIC for our 2nd online conversation on how to improve organizational performance and communications practices. This conversation will focus on: • How to use the Tech Self-Assessment Worksheet • How to create an effective plan, and the benefits of having an effective plan The conversation will be presented by Tech Soup Communications Lead, Joyce Hsu. Event Information: When: May 24, 2016 from 12:00PM to 1:00PM Where: Online via OCIC's eLearning Platform. Connection details will be emailed to participants shortly before the event.
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Annual Grant Lowery Lecture - Defence for Children International-Canada

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
George Ignatieff Theatre, University of Toronto, 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto, ON
A lecture on the rights of First Nations children in Canada
CINDY BLACKSTOCK, a passionate advocate for the rights of First Nations children, will discuss the Human Rights Tribunal decision that found the Canadian Government racially discriminated against First Nations children and families by providing flawed and inadequate child welfare services. While this was an important decision, how will it translate into improvements for First Nations children and their communities? Cindy will be joined by Sarah Clarke, legal counsel, who worked with Cindy on the Human Rights challenge. The lecture is free.
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Beautiful Before & After 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016
BMO Conference & Event Centre First Canadian Place, 68th Floor 100 King St. W Toronto
A Celebration of Lives Transformed!
Please join us on Thursday May 26, 2016, for our annual Beautiful Before & After celebration in support of children with cleft lip and palate.
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Defence for Children International—Canada presents: 16th Annual Grant Lowery Lecture on Children’s Rights

Thursday, May 26, 2016
George Ignatieff Theatre, University of Toronto 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto
Cindy Blackstock with Sarah Clarke, Reconciliation, Children & the Law
Learn more about the recent Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision, its implications and why what government does for our First Nations children is far more important than what it says it will do. Wednesday, May 25, 2016 7:00PM (doors open at 6:30PM) George Ignatieff Theatre, University of Toronto 15 Devonshire Place, Toronto Our speakers: Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Associate Professor, University of Alberta and Director of FNCARES. Sarah Clarke, Principal of Clarke Child & Family Law & counsel with Hensel
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OCIC's Managing Compassion Fatigue Workshop

Thursday, May 26, 2016
Alterna Savings Room, 4th Floor, Centre for Social Innovation - Spadina, 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON. This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Learn how to identify risk, increase resilience, initiate self-care plans in the workplace and beyond, find available therapeutic resources, develop appropriate agency care policies, and increase organizational loyalty, and career longevity.
Every International Development worker, volunteer and student will experience predictable patterns of frustration, stress, burnout, direct and vicarious trauma, and compassion fatigue leading to illness, rapid job turnover, negative effects on careers and personal life, and too often, leaving the profession. This workshop explores the often ignored and always present occupational hazard of Compassion Fatigue (CF), explaining the early signs and symptoms of CF, and accompanying trauma, depression, and burnout factors.
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OCIC Fundraising Workshop Series: What's the Money For? Perfecting Your Case for Support

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Centre for Social Innovation - Spadina 4th Floor, 215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON This venue is wheelchair accessible.
Part of OCIC's four part fund diversification series
The single most important question donors ask is “What's the money for?” The right answer can motivate extraordinary generosity. The wrong answer may result in disinterest or even hostility. The bad news is that donors are not excited about funding your administrative costs, staff, or overhead, no matter how essential though they are.
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22nd Annual Barbra Schlifer Tribute

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Daniels Spectrum - 585 Dundas St. E.
Take a step towards ending violence against women
The Barbra Schlifer 22nd Annual Tribute is an amazing chance for us to come together and take a step towards ending violence against women. On June 9th, please join us at Daniels Spectrum at 6:30 pm and take this step with us. There will be a live and silent auction, food, drinks and many memories to be made. The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic offers counselling, interpretation and legal services to women who have experienced violence.
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Canada Africa Partnership Ride

Sunday, June 12, 2016
HighPark, Toronto, riding along the Lakeshore.
Bike with us in the Canada Africa Partnership Ride, Toronto, June 12.
Raise funds for your own projects! The Canada Africa Partnership Ride has been running for 11 years and is currently open to everyone to register. Organizations wishing to participate are invited to raise funds for projects and are encouraged to register soon. We'll send you organizational registration forms and support you as part of the Canadian-African Partnership. We also invite riders to support and bring projects into being. This year riders are riding to support school education access in Kenya through riding for SEED Canada.
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Save the Date: OCIC AGM and Symposium June 16, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016
TBA
Stay tuned for details
Save the date for the OCIC AGM and Symposium 2016 This event will bring over 100 participants from civil society, academia, government and community groups together to catalyze learning on key global issues. We hope participants will come away invigorated and ready for collective action. Details on the location, time and theme will be released shortly. Take a look back at the OCIC AGM and Symposium 2015 "People & the Planet: Universality Matters" by clicking LEARN MORE.
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Save the Date for OCIC's IMPACT Summer Institute July 6 to July 8, 2016

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Metro Hall - 55 John Street, Toronto, ON, M5V 3C7
Deepen your monitoring and evaluation practice
The IMPACT Summer Institute will be a unique opportunity for participants who have completed courses as part of the IMPACT Program to delve deeper into the monitoring and evaluation topics most relevant to their work, and to connect their monitoring and evaluation practice to broader issues within the non-profit sector in Ontario and beyond. IMPACT Summer Institute will take place in Toronto from July 6 to July 8, 2016.
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Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation with 2.5 day Community Practicum

Monday, July 11, 2016
University of Ottawa , Ottawa , ON
An intensive six-day experiential Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation workshop that is practically focused
When: July 11-16, 2016 There is increasing evidence showing that evaluation practices that are participatory and inclusive as possible lead to recommendations that have a better probability of being implemented and adopted. Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) involves a different approach to project monitoring and evaluation by involving local people, project stakeholders, and development agencies deciding together about how to measure results and what actions should follow once this information has been collected and analyzed.
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Gender Training

Monday, July 25, 2016
University of Ottawa , Ottawa, ON
A workshop that will move you beyond theory to apply in practical and useful ways gender analysis and gender sensitive strategies
When: July 25-29, 2016 The popular Gender Training Workshop seeks to provide workshop participants with a solid understanding & skills in core concepts, gender analysis frameworks and gender strategies that can improve the effectiveness of your organization’s programmes and projects in working with women and men, boys and girls. The workshop will move you beyond the theory to apply in practical and useful ways gender analysis and gender sensitive strategies to your organization and its programmes to achieve greater social justice.
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