International Development Week (IDW) is an annual public engagement initiative led by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to increase awareness of Canada’s contribution to international development. The week provides a national platform for the international cooperation community in Canada to celebrate and share our achievements, and to encourage the active engagement of all Canadians, as global citizens.
OCIC will mark this 25th Anniversary celebration of IDW with a series of communications and events for the public and members. For a complete listing and to register for events, read on!
OCIC Exhibit Opening & International Development Week Launch Event
Join the OCIC community at our Exhibit Opening and International Development Week Launch Event, February 3, 2015 from 6:00 PM. At this celebratory event OCIC will showcase Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Peru, a collaborative photojournalism project intended to increase dialogue and further understanding of international partnerships that address complex global challenges.
We will also recognize nine outstanding youth that are working for positive change locally and globally, with Global Changemaker 2015 Youth Ambassador Awards. Come celebrate with us!
This free and public event is wheelchair accessible and child friendly. Registration is required. Click here to RSVP.
The complete exhibit will be available online, accessible through a QR code to be circulated soon! Micro-exhibits will be spread across Toronto at the CBC, Centre for Social Innovation Spadina and Regent Park locations, and at two Toronto Libraries, throughout February. All venues are wheelchair accessible. Click here for details.
OCIC Global Changemaker 2015 Youth Ambassador Awards
Each year during International Development Week OCIC honours the efforts of outstanding youth who have demonstrated active engagement with communities and civil society organizations in the promotion of international cooperation and social justice.
World on a Plate Salad Club
OCIC at Humber International Development Week Marketplace
OCIC will be at Humber College on February 4, 2015 for their International Development Week Marketplace.The Marketplace features student groups, NGOs and other development organizations who want to showcase and advocate their work.
Like OCIC, Humber is also hosting a series of workshops and events. To view the full calendar, please visit idwhumber2015.com
Gender, Inclusion and Development: Exploring the Links
Join the Ontario Gender and Development Network (OGADN) and OCIC for an interactive discussion exploring the links between gender, inclusion and development. This event offers an opportunity for gender and development practitioners and those with interest to share global examples of ways organizations are making links and addressing challenges, within a wide range of development initiatives.
Susan James, Presbyterian World Service and Development
Emily Kere, Christian Blind Mission International (CBM Canada)
Francois Ndibwami, Canadian Churches in Action
Clara Vaz, Gender Consultant
Amboka Wameyo, Canadian Feed the Children
Join us! Friday, February 6, 2015 from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
200 Wellington Street West, Room 314, Toronto ON M5V 3C7
This venue is wheelchair accessible, this event is free, and registration is required. Light lunch will be provided. Click here to register.
OCIC Careers in Global Health Panel
Join OCIC members at a panel presentation on Careers in Global Health, at Humber College, Monday, February 9, 2015 from 10:45 AM -12:30 PM
Pathways to careers in international cooperation are many and diverse. In this panel, OCIC invites development sector professionals to provide insight into what they do, share highlights of their professional journey, and offer tips on how to secure meaningful employment.
Confirmed Panelists include:
Maria Teresa Torres Morales, Executive Director, KusiROSTROS
Anna Wickenden, Director of International Programs, effect: hope (The Leprosy Mission Canada)
Robbyn Draimin, Results Canada
Crowdfunding to Make a Difference & OCIC Money Talks Launch
Are you interested in crowdfunding for your international work, but are unsure where to start? Join OCIC on February 10, 2015 to learn more.
In this session Chris Charlesworth, Co-Founder and CEO of HiveWire, will share insights in how to launch a crowdfunding campaign for an innovative development initiative, and Michael Carlson will share lessons learned from his successful crowdfunding campaign for Doctors for Doctors and Nurses for Nurses.
OCIC will also launch our first issue of Money Talks, a new online publication that offers creative solutions to funding problems for those working in international cooperation. Issue 1 focuses on Funding Women's Rights, and includes a feature on crowdfunding that you won’t want to miss.
About the Event:
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Whole Connector Room
Centre for Social Innovation, 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 120, Toronto
This event is free, and registration is required. Click here to register.
About the Speakers:
Chris Charlesworth holds an MBA from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and an Honours Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Chris has worked as a management consultant in Indonesia, Canada and the United States across several practice areas, including financial services, marketing, and social media. As Co-founder and CEO, Christopher works to create value for clients by applying HiveWire's crowdfunding tools and techniques to their strategic objectives.
HiveWire is a full-service crowdfunding agency which builds crowdfunding platforms, conducts data and research, and provides professional consulting services. To date HiveWire has delivered two major crowdfunding platforms: www.csiCatalyst.org for the Centre for Social Innovation and www.fwyc.ca for the Toronto Fringe. HiveWire's efforts have directly led to over 700K in financing via crowdfunding. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hivewire.ca for more information.
Michael Carlson holds a Masters of Teaching from the University of Toronto and a BSc from UBC. He has worked in politics, student government, education and the environmental sciences. In 2013 Michael used his skills as a generalist to team up with other professionals and start Doctors for Doctors and Nurses for Nurses.
Doctors for Doctors and Nurses for Nurses is a special project within the Canadian Charity Global Peace Network that sponsors the medical education of high potential rural students in Nicaragua. The operations of the development project came into full swing in early 2014. After a successful crowdfunding campaign in fall 2014, DFD was able to sponsor its second student.
ICN Webinar: Ebola - The Ongoing Challenge
Since the Ebola outbreak was confirmed in the West African country of Guinea in March 2014, Ebola has spread across the region and to other countries in Africa, Europe and North America. Over 20 000 cases have been diagnosed and almost 8 500 people have died.
Wrap Up IDW at OCIC Development Drinks events in Ottawa & Toronto
Development Drinks is a monthly networking event for development professionals run by OCIC volunteers in Ottawa and Toronto. Held the second week of each month – on Wednesday in Ottawa and Thursday in Toronto – it provides a space to connect with others who are passionate about working, volunteering and learning about the sector. Development Drinks events are free, and registration is required.
Ottawa Development Drinks
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
360 Elgin Street, Ottawa
Toronto Development Drinks - Speed Networking Edition
Thursday, February 12, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM at
The Fox and Fiddle
280 Bloor Street West, Toronto (across from the Bata Shoe Museum)
This location is wheelchair accessible, has street parking available and has access to barrier free washrooms.