International Development Week - February 4 to 10, 2018

Partners for a Better World

From February 4 to 10, 2018, Global Affairs Canada, individuals and organizations across the country take part in International Development Week (IDW) and celebrate Canadian contributions to poverty reduction and international humanitarian assistance in the developing world. IDW is also a chance to engage others in learning about—and contributing to—those efforts.

Established in 1991, International Development Week is a uniquely Canadian tradition. The theme for IDW 2018, ‘Partners for a Better World’, encourages all Canadians to be partners in building a better, more inclusive, peaceful and prosperous world. The efforts of Canadians, whether collectively or as individuals, play an important role in achieving sustainable development at home and around the globe.

To find out more about IDW, e-mail the IDW team or call 613-944-400 in the National Capital Region or toll-free at 1-800-267-8376.

Celebrate International Development Week!

Learn about Canadians who have contributed to international development

IDW is a time to celebrate Canadian contributions to positive global change. Learn about Canadians who have made a difference in international development, and see the results Canadians are achieving globally.

International Aboriginal youth interns

Aboriginal youth interns, Centre de solidarité internationale du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean

Audrey Fontaine, Samuël Picard, Érica-Daphné Picard-Hervieux and Gabrielle Simon-McKenzie are Aboriginal youth interns who worked internationally with the Centre de solidarité internationale du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean (in French). They travelled to Ecuador to take part in an international solidarity experience.

Milaine Bédard

Milaine Bédard, SUCO

An International volunteer with SUCO (in French), Milaine Bédard, participated in a six-month volunteer program in rural Senegal. Working with a local organization, AGRECOL Afrique [Africa farming], Milaine applied her knowledge management skills to strengthening organic agricultural practices in rural communities.

Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore

Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore, Ontario Council for International Cooperation

Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore, an OCIC Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador, has worked with Canadian organizations such as RESULTS Canada to address issues of malnutrition and food security. Passionate about policy, Tiyahna participated in the Canadian government's international assistance review and is involved in a parliamentary subcommittee focusing on international human rights.

Kabir Nadkarni

Kabir Nadkarni, Alberta Council for Global Cooperation

One of ACGC’s Top 30 Under 30, Kabir Nadkarni has volunteered with SunSaluter, which provides sustainable clean energy to over 300 villages in Malawi. Pursuing an engineering degree, Kabir believes in the importance of building a more sustainable world through affordable and clean energy.

Discover the provincial and regional councils working in international cooperation across Canada

Learn more about how you can get involved in international cooperation in your community by contacting the council in your region. These member-based councils are committed to global social justice and social change and represent almost 400 diverse civil society organizations from across Canada.

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IDW 2017 video gallery

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