Photos like these show why we love our work! Through support from UNESCO and the Education Above All initiative, Iraqi's have been strengthening their education sector. CLIC has been contracted by UNESCO to conduct a summative evaluation of a four year program to update the Education Sector in Iraq.  Iraq Projects Coordinator for CLIC, Muhammed Hazim, documented his field visit to the Buhtari School in Baghdad as part of our evaluation of the project's achievements. 


Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr. Abdul Razak Al Issa

Mr. Mazen Chouaib, President and CEO of CLIC, the Canadian Leaders in International Consulting and Ms. Crystal Procyshen the Canadian Representative to Iraq:met with the Iraqi Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research. The Minister expressed his keen interest to see the contract between CLIC and WUSC, and the Ministry be implemented as soon as possible.

 As a result of the meeting, the Minister launched a new scholarship selection process that will see 100 scholars be chosen to study at Canadian and other institutions. CLIC and WUSC will be working closely with the Ministry to assist the students wishing to study in Canada the full support. CLIC will also provide English Language teaching for Academic Purposes to the 100 students at our offices in Iraq, the English Language for Academic Purposes (EAP) will be delivered by Canadian instructors in partnership with one of CLIC’s university partners. More information will be provided in the coming weeks. 

MOHR Launches its call: 

#Iraq, #globalaffairscanada #GAC #CLIC #MOHESR #WUSC #EAP #ENGLISHTRAINING


UN Women Meeting on Women's Equality

On September 6th and 7th CLIC's Country Director for Libya attended a UN Women's meeting entitled "Ensuring Women’s Equal Participation in the
Humanitarian, Peace and Transitional Recovery." Where they had discussions to identify the priorities on ensuring women's equal participation, CLIC is also proud to support the economic empowerment of women through a variety of local initiatives.

Visit the link to read the Meeting Report


Minister Bibeau to travel to Tunis to co-chair international conference in support of Tunisia’s economic, social and sustainable development

November 28, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, will travel to Tunis, Tunisia, to co-chair Tunisia 2020, an international conference in support of Tunisia’s economic, social and sustainable development, to be held on November 29 and 30, 2016. At the conference, the Tunisian government will present its 2016 to 2020 economic development plan and receive commitments from donor countries. While in Tunisia, Minister Bibeau will also meet with local partners to discuss the Tunisian development model and possible development assistance that Canada might offer.

To view this document on the department website, please click on the following link:

@Internationaldevelopment @Tunisia @Tunisia2020 @Canada


CLIC Visit's Al-Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies

CLIC’s CEO and President as well as Senior Country Manager visited Al-Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies in Baghdad on Thursday November 17 with Dr Zaid Farhood – Senior Manager at the Centre responsible for Information Technology, and met with the Deputy Director General.  They toured the facility, which falls under the National Security Council.


Canadian Funds for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Phase III

On 26 October 2016, three Libyan Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) signed agreements with CLIC Libya as part of the Canadian Funds for Local Initiatives (CFLI) Phase III funded under Global Affairs Canada, officially kicking off activities for their projects and activities.

One of the CSO’s project is to support and empower young women at the University of Tripoli through capacity building activities to enhance their entrepreneurship skills and support them in planning and starting their own business.

The second selected CSO’s aim is to raise awareness among people with disabilities, especially women, on the importance of their role in the electoral and political processes and securing their rights to vote. The project also aims to advocate for more participation of people with disabilities by lobbying the High National Electoral Commission to actively engage PWD by providing the necessary tools to increase their accessibility and opportunity for participation.

The third CSO is being funded under CFLI for the second time on the same thematic area as the first round of project activities was a success. The main purpose of their project is to change attitudes and behavior of young Libyan men and women towards incidences of sexual abuse and harassment of women at university campuses, thereby encouraging and supporting women to complete their higher education.


Women’s leadership in the workplace - WUSC and CLIC announce new initiative to help women access employment in Jordan’s growing healthcare sector

OTTAWA, October 30, 2016 - World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Canadian Leaders in International Consulting Inc. (CLIC) announced a new initiative aimed at improving women’s economic empowerment in Jordan. With the support of Global Affairs Canada, “Women’s Economic Linkages and Employment Development (WE LEAD),” will help remove the barriers that prevent women from accessing fulfilling careers in Jordan’s growing healthcare sector.

“We are excited about this project because it will assist Jordan on its developmental journey. This Project will assist policy makers, employees and employers to develop a strategy and tools to increase the contribution of women in the private sector,” said Mazen Chouaib, CEO and President of CLIC. “We work very closely with partners in Canada and the Middle East and North Africa from the NGO and government sectors. This project came as a result of these long-standing partnerships.”

The healthcare sector in Jordan is currently experiencing a gap in qualified healthcare professionals. The country is already well known in the region for its high standards of care and its services are well-sought after. The recent influx of refugee populations has only increased demand for healthcare services in the country.

At the same time, women currently represent less than 20 per cent of the total labour force in Jordan. Through WE LEAD, WUSC and CLIC will empower women to respond to Jordan’s growing healthcare demands. The initiative will work closely with vocational training colleges and private sector partners to improve women’s access to relevant vocational training, remove barriers to employment and retention, and help secure job placements and apprenticeships upon graduation.

“Empowering women is about increasing opportunities in the workforce for them and reducing gender barriers to become true entrepreneurs.” said Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie. “By working with experienced partners in direct employment and capacity building, we can help make a difference in the life of thousands of women.”

Gender-sensitive training curriculum will be developed in partnership with Camosun College, a leading institution in international education. Camosun College is a member of WUSC’s Canadian post-secondary education network and shares WUSC and CLIC’s vision of a better future for women, particularly young women.

“Young women are educated, capable, and eager to enter the workforce and contribute to their country’s development,” said Katharine Im-Jenkins, Director of Programs, WUSC. “Yet women face many obstacles to employment, including a lack of safe transportation to and from work and a lack of affordable daycare. WE LEAD will strive to close this gap for the next generation.”

In addition to the women directly supported through this initiative, WE LEAD will create positive change in the lives of many others, primarily through awareness raising activities, including social media campaigns, which seek to change the way the value of women’s employment is perceived in Jordan.

About WUSC: World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a Canadian international development non-profit organization dedicated to improving education, employment and empowerment opportunities for youth, women, and refugees in more than 25 countries around the world. For over fifty years, we have empowered our unique network of post-secondary institutions, private sector partners, and volunteers to help build a more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable world for youth.

About CLIC: Canadian Leaders in International Consulting Inc. (CLIC) is a professional services firm that provides high quality technical assistance and strategic advice in governance, institutional development and capacity building to public, private and not-for-profit sectors. CLIC provides expertise across three core pillars of service: CLIC-CONSULTING, CLIC-EVALUATION and CLIC-LEARNING.

For further information, please contact:

Stephanie Leclair, Communications and Fundraising Manager World University Service of Canada 613-761-3714 / 613-700-9956 (c) / Website: Twitter: Facebook:

Tammy Fanning, Strategic Business and Partnership Development Manager Canadian Leaders in International Consulting Inc. (CLIC) 613-421-4888 ext 223 / Twitter: Facebook:

@Wusc @GlobalAffairsCanada @Clicconsultants

Iraqi scholars to study in Canadian universities under auspices of WUSC











Ottawa/Baghdad,  9 June 2015 - World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and Canadian Leaders in International Consulting Inc. (CLIC) have signed an agreement with the  Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MHESR) of the Republic of Iraq to manage their scholarship fund in Canada.

This agreement will open the door for Iraqi graduate students to come to Canada and continue their higher education. WUSC and CLIC will work in full coordination with the Ministry and the Iraqi Scholarship Department in Baghdad to ensure that the students are matched with Canadian universities that best suit their specializations and supervisory needs.

With international education as a priority for the Government of Canada, this accord will allow more Iraqi students to benefit from Canada’s expertise and increase multicultural diversity on campuses. The agreement is the culmination of three years of work with the Ministry, and the partners expressed their delight in securing this collaboration for the benefit of Iraqi students and Canadian universities.

“We look forward to working with Canadian universities to place Iraqi students in world class programs in a range of professional and academic fields,” said Ravi Gupta, Associate Executive Director of WUSC. “WUSC is now providing scholarship management support to Iraq, Botswana, La Francophonie and refugee students sponsored by WUSC and its network of volunteers and supporters across Canada.”

Mazen Chouaib, President of CLIC, stated that “This project is of significant benefit to both Canada and Iraq. It will strengthen CLIC’s presence in Iraq, where we have been engaged since 2008 working with Iraqis to promote good governance and sustainable development. It is a key example of how we are promoting Canadian education and training in all countries and regions where we work.”

“WUSC and CLIC are grateful to the Ambassador of Canada to Iraq and Jordan, Bruno Saccamoni, and the Commercial Counsellor for Iraq Jean Philippe Tachdjian and their team at the Canadian Embassy in Jordan. They were instrumental to the success of this partnership,” added Gupta.

For further information please contact:

Tammy Fanning, Business and Strategic Partnership Development Manager, Canadian Leaders in International Consulting Inc. (CLIC) | 613 421-4888/ ext. 223 /


Rachael Duplisea, Communications Manager, World University Service of Canada | 613 761-3700 / 1 800 267-8699 ext. 3700 /


UNDP launches Phase II of Civic Engagement Grant Fund: new themes draw greater number of Libyan CSOs

Tunis, Tunisia, 18 May 2015 - UNDP announced the launch of phase two of its Libyan Civic Engagement Grant Fund (CEGF) and opened the call for proposals to Libyan civil society organizations to continue their work on civic education across the country. Phase two of the CEGF was officially launched on 18 May2015 in Tunis, in the presence of the international donor community and members of over 40 Libyan civil society organizations.

The second phase of the CGEF programme is part of UNDP’s efforts to support civil society development, youth and women’s civic engagement, inclusive dialogue, national reconciliation and support constitution-making and electoral processes. Through this, the CEGF aims at developing the capacities of Libyan organizations to implement initiatives that will provide much-needed civic knowledge to citizens and create opportunities for new forms of civic engagement and forge new civic attitudes and practices in Libya. .

During the launching event, UNDP Libya Country Director Mr. Selva Ramachandran announced the second phase of civic engagement funding stating that it “would contribute small grants and capacity development to the vital work of Libyan Civil Society Organizations on youth development, women and girls’ civic engagement and conflict analysis and dialogue across Libya”.  

The grants to the CSOs are coupled with targeted training workshops on proposal writing, results-based management, communication and media, and donor outreach, to develop the capacities of the CSOs in delivering their programs.

Beneficiaries of this civil society funding include a wide array of Libyan citizens, including women, youth, people with disabilities, local authorities and local councils, internally displaced people (IDPs), and various minority groups. Phase one reached over 5,700 direct beneficiaries and given the larger number of CSOs currently applying for phase two, the number is expected to increase.

Phase one focused on civic education and constitutional outreach, and 16 CSOs worked within their communities on various civic education and engagement initiatives as well as to raise awareness on issues such as women’s and minority rights, disabled rights, and many other issues. The CSOs in Phase one used creative activities, such as musical performances, poetry nights, and youth groups, and also represented their communities during a meeting with the Constitution Drafting Assembly, and presented them with a list of constitutional recommendations on behalf of Libyan civil society.

UNDP has contracted Canadian Leaders in International Consulting (CLIC) to implement CEGF in Libya. Representing CLIC, Tania Jordan highlighted the progress achieved in first phase of the programme: “the capacities of the participating CSOs were increased during the first phase in 2014 and we also learned some lessons about how to make the CEGF even more effective, which we will draw upon to expand and strengthen implementation in the second phase.”

The CEGF is a civil society small grants mechanism within UNDP’s Support to Civic Engagement in Libya’s Transition project [SCELT], created to assist and support Libyan national efforts to engage citizens in the democratic transition.


Canadian Fund for Local Initiatives backs local organizations in raising awareness on women and minority rights in Libya

Benghazi/Nefusa Mountains, LIBYA – Two Libyan civil society organizations have taken on two sensitive topics head on in the country, raising awareness on minority and women’s rights through a series of activities in their communities.

With support from the Embassy of Canada to Libya, through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), Tira for Research and Studies and Why Me? for Women’s Rights carried out activities for men, women and children in the Nefusa Mountains and Benghazi to raise awareness on minority, women, and children’s rights in Libya.

The two organizations, which were created following the revolution, held workshops for Libyan women and men residing in Misrata, Khoms, and Tripoli, and Libyan children from the Amazigh community residing in the Nefusa Mountains, as well as their parents and teachers from local schools. The workshops on women’s rights provided participants with an opportunity to engage with the ongoing constitutional drafting process, and offer recommendations to the Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) on how these rights can be better protected in Libya’s new constitution.

According to the head of Tira for Research and Studies, Madghis Bouzakhar: “The activities that were carried out through this program played an important role in creating an environment of mobility within the civil society in this community, and in particular with the primary school children, with whom we created learning games and activities to teach them about their human rights. This is especially helpful during these difficult conditions experienced by the Mountain areas with the recurring disputes and conflicts”.

Zaaheia Ali, who heads Why Me? for Women’s Rights added that “this was one of the most successful projects we have conducted in our community, due to the impact with the participants who attended the workshops and also with the positive reception by the CDA to our recommendations”.

The organizations partnered with consulting company Canadian Leaders in International Consulting (CLIC), who provided the project management support, capacity development, and mentorship to the organizations’ members throughout the project. These mentoring sessions were carried out by an International Human Rights expert and helped build skills in community outreach and mobilization, enabling the organizations to develop new tools and strategies to serve the needs of their communities. Further, several human rights committees were formed, to continue engaging and informing their communities on human rights issues beyond the completion of the project.

For Libyan women and children, as well as minority groups in the country such as the Amazigh community, the transition period has not been an easy one. Libyan women and children continue to face significant human rights challenges. Across the country, women are under threat and intimidation by extremist groups who work against female participation in the transitional period towards building a democratic state. Also, in the Nefusa Mountains, the Amazigh minority is currently striving to achieve recognition of equal rights to protect their own language and heritage in Libya.

To learn more about the CFLI and partner organizations, see:

Embassy of Canada to Libya:


Tira for Research and Studies:

Why for Me? Womens Rights: