Organized by the Canadian International Development Agency, International Development Week (IDW) is an opportunity for Canada’s development community to showcase its work. Several Canadian universities invited an IDRC speaker to IDW activities, February 5-10. Some highlights:
-Florencio Ceballos of the Governance, Security, and Justice program presented on Network society, social media, and political changes underway in North Africa at four Western Canada universities.
-Luc Mougeot of the Canadian Partnerships program talked about IDRC’s mission at the University of Saskatchewan, with a specific focus on IDRC’s partnership programs.
-The Canadian Partnerships program also organized a public presentation with Michael Furdyk, of TakingITGlobal, in Winnipeg. Furdyk shared the online community’s experiences in developing a global network of youth activists interested in global issues and creating positive social change.
-The Université du Québec à Montréal welcomed Melanie Robertson of the Climate Change and Water program, who described the program’s research agenda.
-Arlyne Beeche of the Ecosystems and Human Health program spoke on ecohealth research on vector-borne diseases at the University of New Brunswick.
-Mark Redwood of the Climate Change and Water program was at Saint Mary’s University's International Development School to speak on water issues.
-Finally, Rosalie Vézina of the Governance for Equity in Health Systems program spoke on Health and Development: What Role Can Research Play? at Memorial University.
Visit the IDW 2012 site for more information.
Also as part of IDW, The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) honoured five young women making a difference in the lives of women and girls in their communities and around the globe. IDRC award recipient Carley Robb-Jackson was among the five who received the 2012 OCIC Global Changemaker Award.