2018 Conference - Concept Note

"Inclusive Governance and the Rule of Law: Driving Change for Effective and Sustainable Development"

Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP) in collaboration with the Canadian Council of International Law (CCIL)

2018 Annual Conference – Concept Note

Building on the success of the 2016 annual conference (see the 2016 Conference Report here), CAIDP has started to plan next year’s event. We are very excited to be collaborating with the Canadian Council for International Law (CCIL) to highlight the crucial role of inclusive governance and the rule of law in achieving sustainable development. 

The 2018 CAIDP/CCIL conference "Inclusive Governance and the Rule of Law: Driving Change for Effective and Sustainable Development" will be held in Ottawa, in January 2018, So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information! We will keep you informed as the program is developed and you will be able to access it, along with session notes and biographies of the keynote speakers and session participants on this web site.

The Conference takes place as Canada and the international community put increased focus on supporting inclusive governance and legal institution building.   The intention is to address power imbalances and gender inequality and, at the same time, deliver pro-poor growth-oriented policies and laws that can be upheld.  The Annual Conference will explore the bold new Feminist International Assistance Policy of Global Affairs Canada and how this presents a unique opportunity for Canada to significantly impact development dynamics and results in important new ways.  We  also examine what significant policy shift means for our members.  The gathering is to feature discussions on how Canada can deliver on its ambitious development strategy and showcase innovative Canadian expertise in inclusive governance and rule of law to sustainably address complex development challenges. 

The CAIDP/CCIL Conference will also draw on the 2017 World Bank World Development Report: Governance and the Law which underscores a growing international consensus on how power imbalances interfere with policy effectiveness and enforcement. The Report calls for renewed efforts to support state and non-state governance actors to better work together to develop and apply inclusive policies.  It further calls for rethinking principles of governance for effective development and highlights drivers of change in advocating inclusive governance for development.

In Canada, after extensive consultations involving 15,000 people in 65 countries, gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls has been placed at the core of Canada's development assistance strategy in an unprecedented way.  By 2021/22 at least 95 percent of Canada’s bilateral international development assistance initiatives will target or integrate this priority.

Canada will “support efforts to reduce sexual and gender-based violence, to strengthen women’s organizations and movements that advance women’s rights, to improve governments’ capacity to provide services to women and girls and to improve gender analysis.” Reducing inequality and exclusion will be guiding principles of Canada’s efforts. 

Under the new policy, Canada will focus its efforts on six action areas:

  1. Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls (Core Action Area)
  2. Human Dignity (health and nutrition, education, humanitarian action)
  3. Growth that Works for Everyone
  4. Environment and Climate Action
  5. Inclusive Governance
  6. Peace and Security

Throughout the conference, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (and in particular the key role of gender, inclusive governance and rule of law) will provide an important anchor to focus discussions on how Canada is aligning its development policies to support this international consensus.

For more information, click here:  Canada’s Feminist Development Policy

The conference aims to engage practitioners, Global Affairs Canada policy makers, politicians, Civil Society Organizations and academia in provocative discussions on successful drivers for change defined by inclusive governance models and the ambitious feminist framework for delivering future Canadian development assistance.

The CAIDP 2018 Conference will feature four key streams:

1) Governance models as drivers of change;

2) Canada's Feminist Approach to International Assistance;

3) Practical Skills and Tools for development professionals including networking, performance measurement, and security; and

4) Partnering and financing with Global Affairs Canada, the Multilateral System and Development Banks and others to help you to target and market your services.

In anticipation we would like to share some background information to help you prepare:

Sustainable Development Goals

Financing for development

2017 World development Report

Canada's feminist international assistance policy

Registration will be open soon!

As usual CAIPD will be advertising soon for a conference coordinator, so watch for this announcement. If you want to volunteer, or have thoughts or suggestions on topics, speakers and activities that would be of interest please send your suggestions to CAIDPRPCDI@gmail.com