by Bruce Petch, WNC director
World Neighbours Canada is a member of the BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC), a network of organizations working in international development. I attended the annual general meeting of BCCIC in Vancouver in mid-September. It was a great opportunity to meet with other BC organizations who are also engaged in the alleviation of poverty around the world. BCCIC has provided a number of very useful workshops over the past year, with topics such as project monitoring and donor stewardship. The network also fosters connections with Global Affairs Canada, and a current employee and two retired employees from this branch of the federal government attended the meeting. They were able to provide insights into the functioning of this sector of our government. Lastly, BCCIC is a useful link to “the big picture” of international development. A current focus of attention is the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations, a lofty set of goals intended to make the world a better place for everyone by 2030.