Who we are

The British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC) is a network of organizations that engages in global cooperation, social justice and environmental sustainability. Our membership is made up of international development organizations, civil society groups and individuals with connections to British Columbia. BCCIC functions to provide support, coordination, capacity development and advocacy to our diverse and capable membership.

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Our Vision

British Columbians are engaged in global cooperation for a just, equitable and sustainable world.

Our Mission

BCCIC engages its members and others to share knowledge, build relationships and develop their capacity towards achieving global sustainable development.

What Guides Our Work

BCCIC’s work is guided by the priorities, needs and expertise of our members. Even when we are leading an initiative, such as when we are advocating on national policies, we do so in ways that address and amplify the priorities of our members and their Global South partners.

Our Strategic Directions

All that we do is directly informed by our strategic directions:

Rethinking Cooperation: Unlearning and Relearning

Connecting Voices: People to People, People with People

Supporting Members’ Organizational Capacity

Our Guiding Principles

While BCCIC’s membership may have diverse ways of addressing global or local issues, we are brought together through our shared commitment to the Istanbul Principles.

BCCIC’s guiding principles draw from these values and approaches, and include:

Human rights and social justice, equity for all
The right to development, with dignity, decent work, social justice and equity for all people.

Gender equality and equity, and promotion of women and girls’ rights
Members embody gender equity while supporting individual and collective rights, and full participation of people in the development process.

Ownership of people over the development initiatives that affect their lives
Members support marginalised people and communities’ goals, based on the understanding that sustainable processes depend on individuals, communities and countries having their own governance, voice and agency.

Environmental sustainability
Members embody approaches that promote environmental sustainability;

Members center the rights of vulnerable and marginalised people in response to the climate crisis.

Organisational accountability
Members are accountable to the populations they work with, to the public that supports them, to their own membership or community, and to transparency in pursuit of their goals.

Partnerships in development, solidarity for shared or common goals
Relationships and partnerships are developed freely and as equals, based on shared development goals and values, mutual respect, trust, organisational autonomy and solidarity;

Recognition of unequal power relations and action to redress the power balance in partnerships, for more transparent and effective paths towards the shared goals.

Commitment to mutual learning
Recognition that knowledge has been generated for decades on development issues, and actively seeking the knowledge and evidence drawn from development practice;

Focus on long-lasting sustainable change Collaboration for more effective results and conditions for lasting change for marginalised populations Promotion of the currently marginalized populations’ role in shaping the policies and practices that affect them.

Representation

BCCIC represents its membership through our work with:

Global Affairs Canada: BCCIC draws GAC’s attention to our BC-based membership’s concerns.

Cooperation Canada: BCCIC is a member of the Cooperation Canada and coordinates provincial support for Cooperation Canada initiatives.

The Inter-Council Network: BCCIC represents the province’s interests and shares resources with councils from other provinces.

Federal Government: BCCIC monitors Canadian foreign policy and coordinates provincial NGO responses and advocacy to foreign policy.

Provincial Government: BCCIC maintains contact with MLAs through one-on-one and joint initiatives to share perspectives.

Academic Communities: BCCIC maintains links with academic institutions on sustainable development.