E-Newsletter, February 2010, Volume 1, Number 4
What We Do
Matching Canadian expertise with international democratic development needs
Deployment for Democratic Development (DDD), launched in May 2007, is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and implemented by the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) in collaboration with Rights & Democracy (International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development). DDD serves the democratic development needs of CIDA branches and their local partners. We recruit and send Canadian democratic development experts to Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East in response to requests for assistance from CIDA partner countries.
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Why has DDD had such a unique impact?
DDD is a rapid-turn-around, results-oriented program that provides high-level Canadian expertise in response to CIDA requests for immediate and practical development assistance. The flexibility of DDD to provide stand-alone, short-term, modestly funded initiatives within tight timelines and a complex environment has lead to significant results—good value, quality experts, rapid mobilization capacity, geographic and sectoral diversity—for the money spent. Canadians also embrace the opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise in developing countries. By partnering with local organizations, DDD ensures successful implementation and long-term sustainability.
New Research on Ethics and Conflicts of Interest
Strengthening Ethics Legislation in Tanzania
DDD supported Tanzania’s Ethics Secretariat by helping to prepare proposals to strengthen their Public Leadership Code of Ethics Act. Canadian expert Mary Gusella and Professor Adam Dodek of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, with the assistance of law students Tanya Brunet, Fida Hindi, Michael Johnston and Sean Murtha, produced six research papers examining the institutional machinery for ethics and conflicts of interest regimes in the following countries: Canada, the United States, Trinidad & Tobago, Ghana, Singapore and Malaysia. The distinctions and successes of each country’s regime were drawn out in a separate comparative study. Another paper analyzing the issues that arise when attempting to separate the public and private interests of public officials was also produced, along with a paper summarizing UN/OECD documents regarding best institutional practices in the area of ethics and conflicts of interest machinery. To read or download these papers, visit our online library.
News from the Field
Graph: A Breakdown of DDD Initiatives by Region
Since its launch in 2007, DDD has completed 17 initiatives with another 22 in progress in different countries around the world. Here are a few highlights:
Côte d'Ivoire: Strengthening Civil Society Organizations
Yves Poulin will travel to Côte d’Ivoire this month (February 2010) for his third and final field mission to help train the National Governance and Capacity Building Secretariat (SNGRC) in formulating and implementing human rights projects and to help build the capacity of civil society to obtain additional resources and financing. Stay tuned for a case study on his experiences in Côte d’Ivoire, slated for publication this summer.
Eastern Africa: Improving Regional Economic Cooperation through Results-based Management (RBM)
DDD expert Laurie VandeSchoote will help establish a results-based management system at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to revitalize its governance and management structures. IGAD, a Regional Economic Community, is a key building block for the Economic Community of the African Union and a driving force for regional economic cooperation and integration in Eastern Africa. IGAD has identified the need to integrate RBM tools and techniques in its work for performance measurement and reporting, programme evaluation, contract monitoring and benchmarking. It is expected that this DDD initiative will help attract potential donors, manage anticipated increases in funding, and subsequently transfer skills and knowledge not only across the organization but also throughout the region.
Indonesia: Strengthening Foreign Policy Analysis
As follow-up to assistance provided to the Government of Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Policy Planning and Development Agency (BPPK) in 2008, DDD experts Naomi Alboim and David Elder will help develop a training of trainers program to institutionalize the 2008 policy planning and development training program. They will work to ensure that the BPPK has policy analysts/planners with the skills to train new staff. An organizational effectiveness workshop will be organized to help address cross-cutting issues, focus resources on priority issues, and ensure equal distribution of work. An E-library training session will also be held to improve access to relevant electronic resources.
Mali: Implementing Mali’s Institutional Development Plan
This month Claude Bernier and Jean-Philippe Lapointe, two Canadian experts in public policy, will work in collaboration with Mali’s Institutional Development Commission (IDC) to help develop their 2010-2013 operational plan. The IDC is responsible for the development, coordination and implementation of public policies. The focus of this DDD initiative is on strengthening human resources and improving public policy management, using results-based management techniques.
South Africa: Promoting a Food Secure Southern Africa
The Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN) is a regional policy research and advocacy network that works to promote a food secure southern Africa free from hunger and poverty. With a regional secretariat in South Africa and country nodes based in 12 member countries, the FANRPAN facilitates links and partnerships between government and civil society, and builds capacity for policy research, analysis and dialogue in southern Africa. FANRPAN has requested assistance from DDD in revising its eight-year Strategic Business Plan—which defines its mission, objectives, planned activities and human/financial resources—and in assessing its governance and management structures. This DDD initiative will help FANRPAN put its plan into operation, strengthen its country nodes, provide additional information on financing and human resource needs, develop monitoring and evaluation elements, as well as attract additional donor funding.
Spotlight on our Canadian Experts
At the heart of DDD’s success lies a pool of outstanding experts in the field of democratic development. Here are just a few of the amazing Canadians who have shared their expertise with developing country partners on behalf of DDD:
Pierre Martineau: Results-based Management (RBM) Training in Cameroon and Mali
After 20 years in the public service, Pierre Martineau moved to Bamako (from 1998-2001) as director of the tax modernization project in Mali. He has since worked in developing countries around the world on projects ranging from strategic advice and risk evaluation to organizational design and development, capacity building projects and design of monitoring systems. Pierre also teaches Project Management, Programme Evaluation and RBM at the Université du Québec and the University of Ottawa. Forming a team with Lucie Rouillard, Ph.D, he travelled to Mali for DDD to help improve the efficiency, transparency and credibility of Mali’s public finance management modernization project using a results-based action plan. He also worked closely with executives from Cameroon’s Prime Minister’s Office to provide them with the RBM tools necessary to effectively manage projects in their public service modernization efforts.
Naomi Alboim: Strengthening Foreign Affairs Policy in Indonesia
Naomi Alboim is a fellow, adjunct professor, and Vice-Chair Naomiof the Policy Forum at the School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University. She has worked at senior levels in the federal and Ontario provincial governments for twenty-five years, including eight years as deputy minister in three different portfolios. Her experience in policy development and program design and delivery includes: human rights, immigration, labour market training, workplace practices, culture, sports and recreation, women's, seniors', and disability issues, volunteerism and community economic development. She has done development work with governments in the Eastern Caribbean, Ghana and Vietnam, focusing on enhancing policy capacity and gender based analysis. She is a member of the Order of Ontario and a recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Gold Medal for public service. She will work with DDD over the next six months in conjunction with David Elder to develop a training of trainers program and a series of organization effectiveness workshops to help strengthen the Government of Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Policy Planning and Development Agency (BPPK).
David C. Elder: Strengthening Foreign Affairs Policy in Indonesia
David C. Elder is a Fellow in the School of Policy Studies and Adjunct Professor in the Master of Public Administration program at Queen’s University. As a member of the Public Service of Canada for over 30 years, he served in the Privy Council Office and was the Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Machinery of Government. He also served in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade as Senior Departmental Assistant to the Minister as well as Director of International Economic Relations in the Economic Policy Bureau. He had foreign assignments, in Dakar, Senegal, in Harare, Zimbabwe, and as Deputy Permanent Representative of Canada to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Since leaving the Public Service of Canada, he has provided advice and expertise on policy development and public administration reform in Ukraine, Russia, Benin, Georgia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is currently working with DDD in collaboration with Naomi Alboim to develop a training of trainers program and a series of organization effectiveness workshops to help strengthen the Government of Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Policy Planning and Development Agency (BPPK).
Yvon Dandurand: Strengthening Ethiopia's Criminal Justice System
Yvon Dandurand is a criminologist, Associate Vice-President of Research and Graduate Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley, and Senior Associate of the Vancouver-based International Centre for Criminal Law Reform and Criminal Justice Policy. Formerly with the Department of Justice Canada, he has also served on numerous UN expert committees, including on firearms regulation, victims of crime, violence against women, juvenile justice, prison reform, restorative justice, terrorism, and organized crime. On behalf of DDD, he is working closely with the Ministry of Justice in Ethiopia on a proposed crime prevention and criminal justice policy that will help make the Ethiopian justice system more accessible, transparent and equitable.
Rémy M. Beauregard
1943 – 2010
The DDD team is deeply saddened to learn about the death of Rights & Democracy President, Mr. Rémy Beauregard. We extend our sincere condolences to Mr. Beauregard’s family as well as to the staff of DDD partner, Rights & Democracy.
Rémy Beauregard led a distinguished career in the promotion and protection of human rights in Canada and internationally. Among his many accomplishments, he served as the Executive Director of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and worked with United Nations agencies and civil society for the establishment of national human rights institutions in many developing countries. Rémy Beauregard passed away on January 8, 2010.
International Development Week at CIDA
The 20th annual International Development Week (IDW) took place this year from February 7-13, 2010. IDW is celebrated each year during the first full week of February. It provides a unique opportunity for the Government of Canada and Canadian organizations and individuals to publicize progress achieved and lessons learned in international development. For more information, visit the IDW 2010 CIDA webpage.
Panel Discussion on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights
As part of its Cross-Canada Dialogue Series, Rights & Democracy presented a panel discussion on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights at St. Thomas More College in Saskatoon on February 18. The Honourable Dr. Gordon L. Barhart, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan made the opening remarks. For more information, visit Rights & Democracy's website.
Mastering Employee Engagement and Organizational Change
From March 25 to 26, 2010 (TBC), IPAC will host a conference in Victoria to equip senior executives with the tools and strategies necessary for engaging employees, managing change and transforming organizations. Many organizational leaders have learned that a focus on the people side of change is critical for success. Using change methodology and leveraging the activities and tools defined in a transformation framework, participants will be challenged at a practical level to work through the strategic and operational aspects of people-related challenges associated with large-scale change programs. For details and online registration visit the conference website.
The United Nations Committee of Experts on Public Administration (CEPA)
CEPA was established by the Economic and Social Council to support the work of ECOSOC concerning the promotion and development of public administration and governance among Member States, in connection with the UN Millennium Development Goals. CEPA’s 24 members meet annually at the UN Headquarters in New York. This year’s meeting, CEPA’s 9th session, will take place from April 19 to 23, 2010. IPAC attends this annual meeting as a Participant-Observer. For more information, visit 9th Committee of Experts on Public Administration.
The Eldis website shares knowledge in development policy, practice and research. Browse more than 26,000 summarized documents from over 7,500 development organizations, or share your work with development practitioners.
The Universal Human Rights Index provides researchers, international institutions, governments, NGOs and universities with a tool to access UN human rights documents by country, by right, by UN body or by keyword.
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