International Development Week – February 2 to 8, 2020

International Development Week 2019 was a great success. We thank you for your participation.
The 30th edition of the International Development Week will take place from February 2 to 8, 2020. More information will be available here shortly.

Together for Gender Equality

Across Canada and abroad, Global Affairs Canada, along with individuals and organizations, will mark International Development Week (IDW) with a celebration of Canadian contributions to poverty reduction and international humanitarian assistance in the developing world. 

The 29th edition of IDW will be held under the theme “Together for Gender Equality”. This theme embodies Canada’s commitment to the global effort to address gender inequality and encourages all Canadians to be change-makers in advancing gender equality in the world.

Take part in the #DevInspired Photo Challenge!

This year, we are launching the #DevInspired Photo Challenge on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook!

Whether you are learning about international development for the first time or have decades of experience, we encourage everyone—both individuals and organizations—to get involved.

To participate, simply share a development-related photo on the social media platform of your choice and tell us why it inspires you. Make sure to also add the hashtags #DevInspired and #IDW2019, and to tag your friends or non-governmental organizations to keep the campaign going!



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.

Helena Arroyo, Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI)

Helena Arroyo, Centre d’étude et de coopération internationale (CECI)

Helena Arroyo, an international volunteer with CECI, worked in the recycling industry in Guatemala, and in the horticulture market in Senegal. She is currently helping develop more ecofriendly techniques and to integrate women and youth in milk production of the La Paz area in Bolivia

Liam Rowe, EQWIP HUBs

Liam Rowe, EQWIP HUBs

Liam Rowe worked as a Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with EQWIP HUBs in Lima, Peru. As part of his mandate, he mentored three beneficiaries of the Youth Innovation Fund and assisted them in growing their business.

Rachael Mather, Aga Khan Foundation Canada

Rachael Mather, Aga Khan Foundation Canada

Rachael Mather was part of the 2016-2017 cohort of the International Youth Fellowship Program with Aga Khan Foundation Canada. She worked as a Research and Product Development Associate at First Micro Credit Company in Kyrgyzstan.

Hamsha Pathmanathan, Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)

Hamsha Pathmanathan, Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)

Hamsha Pathmanathan, a 2018 OCIC Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador, is engaged in sustainable development in Canada and abroad. She is involved with the organization, has undertaken graduate research work in Sri Lanka and completed fieldwork in Nigeria through Cuso International.

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.

Connect with us

To find out more about IDW, e-mail the IDW team or call 613-944-4000 in the National Capital Region or toll-free at 1-800-267-8376.

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