Members Public Engagement Fund
The purpose of the ACIC Member Public Engagement Fund is to support good practice and innovative methods of engaging Atlantic Canadians in global development issues. Although the results of a 2012 public opinion poll (ICN/Vision Critical) revealed that one third of all Canadians polled ranked global poverty as a top concern, 43% felt unaffected personally by global poverty. This disconnect indicates a need for the international development cooperation sector to develop a stronger, more effective narrative to engage Canadians on the interconnectedness of the issues surrounding global poverty. ACIC members play an important role in transforming the ways in which the public understands and engages in these issues within Atlantic Canada.
International Development Week
International Development Week (IDW) provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the work of the Council and our members on international cooperation and global issues. A concerted effort to host one event in each Atlantic province to showcase our members’ work produced positive results and a high level of satisfaction from members and participants. Throughout February we host various events during IDW and launch longer-term programs such as the ACT 4 Global Change Challenge to further amplify the work and reach or our Council and members.
ACIC has always prided itself on offering valuable workshops and capacity building events for our members in all four Atlantic Provinces. These workshops have served to strengthen ties between and amongst ACIC and its member organizations, as well as provide training in order to build capacity in staff and volunteer teams across the region.
In order to support a strong network of organizations and individuals across four provinces, ACIC continues to prioritize regional outreach, revitalizing our membership, strengthening governance, conducting solid evaluation, strengthening relationships, finding ways to sustain our work, and continuously improving our own practice through provision of training to our staff and volunteers.
On September 25, 2015 the UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), an ambitious and transformative global agenda to end poverty, fight inequality & tackle climate change over the next 15 years.