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Policy Workshop

Event: Forum on People in Policy: Addressing Poverty through Governance.

Organized by: South Asia Partnership Canada

Date: Friday, June 11, 1999

Time: 9.00 AM to 1 PM

Venue: National Press Club, 150 Wellington Street, Ottawa.

Registration needed.

Registration fee: $15,includes lunch at the Press Club.

Who should attend: If you/your organization is interested or involved in the
South Asian region and/or follows development policy issues, we think the
workshop will be of value to you.

How to register: To register for the workshop, please simply complete the
information below and email to <sap@web.net>.  If you have any questions,
please call (613) 241 1333.
To SAP Canada (613) 241 1129:
(Name) ___________________________________ will attend your workshop,
June 11, on behalf of (Organization) _____________________________________.
We will pay the $15 registration fee at the workshop and request
vegetarian/non-vegetarian (circle one) for lunch.  We will/will not stay
(circle one) for the SAP AGM.

Signed: ________________________

Workshop Details:


People in Policy - Addressing Poverty through Governance

The workshop will examine how NGOs in South Asia and Canada are injecting
the “people factor” into the policy agenda of government and international
organizations relating to that region.  It will look at the Canadian policy
agenda on South Asia, efforts to focus it more sharply on poverty
eradication, and actions by NGOs to impact on public policy.  The intended
result is a clear view among participants on the importance of an active
policy focus for NGO work and on an agenda of issues and actions for
Canadian NGOs involved in South Asia.

08:30 - 09:00 a.m. Registration
09:00 - 09:15 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
09:15 - 10:15 a.m. A Case of Policy Advocacy in the South: UBINIG,
   Speaker: Farhad Mazhar
The speaker will explain how UBINIG advocates for pro-poor policies in
Bangladesh, giving examples of issues on which it has organized and
campaigned.  He will describe the environment in which his agency operates
and how it relates to government, donors, other civil society actors and
grassroots interests in the country.  He will address how Southern
organizations can provide leadership for the international development
policy agenda and how groups in the North and South can cooperate on it.
Discussion will follow.
10:15 - 11:15 a.m. Cases from Civil Society and Government: Canadian Policy
   Speakers:  Gauri Sreenivasan, CCIC, & Janet Dunnett, CIDA
The speakers will provide two Canadian cases of connecting Civil Society and
the State on the issue of poverty eradication in the South. Gauri Srinivasan
(Canadian Council for International Cooperation) will describe CCIC’s In
Common campaign, the issues it raises, the opportunities to impact on
official policy, the positives and negatives in this effort, and how NGOs
can engage in and advance the campaign.  Janet Dunnett, Canadian
International Development Agency, will outline the Poverty Reduction Project
of  CIDA’s Asia Branch and how a government initiative has involved Civil
Society groups to help sharpen the poverty focus in policy and program; she
will also advise on how this dialogue can continue and be effective after
the project has concluded.  Discussion will follow.

11:15 - 11:45 a.m. Break
11:45 - 12:45 p.m. Canadian Foreign & Human Development Policies: India &
   Speakers:  Scott Proudfoot, Acting Director, South Asia Division, DFAIT
         Pauline Kehoe, Director General, Pakistan Program, CIDA*
         David Spring, Director General, India Program, CIDA

One year ago India and Pakistan exploded nuclear devices.  Many Northern
governments, including Canada, reacted by changing their foreign and
development policies toward these countries.  The speakers from the
Department of Foreign Affairs & International Trade (DFAIT) and CIDA will
describe how these policies have been implemented and how the situation has
evolved over the year.  They will comment on the current state of relations
with the countries and the likely directions for government actions and
programs, including the implications for interaction with civil society in
South Asia and Canada.  Discussion will follow.
12:45 - 01:00 p.m. Conclusion

01:00 p.m.  Lunch for participants at National Press Club.

Host Organization: South Asia Partnership Canada
   1, Nicholas Street, Suite 200
   Ottawa, Ontario  K1N 7B7
   Tel: 613 241 1333
   Fax: 613 241 1129
   Email: sap@web.net
Workshop Site: National Press Club
   Library Room
   150 Wellington Street
   Ottawa, Ontario

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