The Aga Khan Foundation Canada launched Together: An Exhibition on Global Development on April 22, 2015 in Ottawa. This bilingual, mobile exhibit is housed in a 53-foot custom vehicle. With 1,000 square feet of space, Together features the work of 21 Canadian organizations, including IDRC, that are helping to improve the quality of life in the developing world.
The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, participated in the launch. Minister Paradis opened the exhibit at the ribbon-cutting ceremony and welcomed guests. IDRC President Jean Lebel and Joanne Charette Vice-President, Corporate Strategy and Communications, also attended the launch.
Starting in Ottawa, Together will travel across Canada to join communities in a conversation about global change. In the exhibit you will find powerful photography and film, one-of-a-kind artifacts, an interactive world map, and a global citizen skills quiz.
The exhibit features two IDRC projects:
Preserving the argan tree (Morocco)
Research into the argan oil industry is improving economic opportunities for Moroccan women, while protecting Morocco’s natural “green curtain” against desertification. Learn more: Cooperatives boost opportunities for Moroccan women (below)
Managing risk, reducing vulnerability, and enhancing productivity under a changing climate
Agricultural techniques and tools, such as a low-cost, water-conserving drip irrigation system, are helping Kenyans grow crops that enrich soil and are hardy in a changing climate. Learn more: When every drop of rain counts: Managing climate risks in the Greater Horn of Africa (below)
Learn more about Together: An Exhibition on Global Development (below).
Check the schedule (below) to find out where the exhibit is going next.
Together is funded by the Government of Canada through Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.
Caroline Sarmiento is an Ottawa-based writer.