February 5-11, 2017 International Development Week. Semaine du développement international 5 à 11 février 2017. Background image: Detail of "Share Tea for Peace" Mobile Art Installation by Austin O'Brien

OCIC marks International Development Week (IDW) 2017 with 18 days of activities undertaken by the Council, our members, and our colleagues, to increase awareness of Canadians’ contributions to international cooperation, to celebrate and share achievements, and to encourage the active engagement of us all, as global citizens.

IDW is an annual public engagement initiative led by Global Affairs Canada and undertaken by many civil society and other organizations and entities nationally, to increase awareness of Canada’s contribution to international development. We invite you to join us, to follow us on social and other media, and to share these and other IDW activities with us and everyone you know.

CITY OF TORONTO INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT WEEK PROCLAMATION FROM MAYOR JOHN TORY

Full Event Listing

FEBRUARY

02

OCIC Global Citizens Forum 2017: Mobilizing Leadership for Global Sustainable Development
Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm & Friday, February 3, 2017 from 8:00 am – 3:30 pm

Humber College Centre for Entrepreneurship (G Building)
3199 Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto, ON

This event is wheelchair accessible and registration is required. For more information and to register, click here.


OCIC Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador 2017 Awards & If Women Mattered: Stories of Resistance, Stories of Allyship in collaboration with the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health
Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Humber College Centre for Entrepreneurship (G Building)
3199 Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto, ON

Join us for networking, appetizers, presentation of OCIC’s Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador 2017 Awards, and for a series of personal stories from special guests:

  • James Madhier, OCIC Global Changemaker Youth Ambassador 2017
  • Neesa Medina, Centro de Derechos de Mujeres, Honduras
  • Nice Nailantei Leng’ete, Amref Health Africa in Kenya 

This event is wheelchair accessible and child friendly. Admission is free and refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, click here.

FEBRUARY

03

OCIC Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Tanzania Virtual Exhibit Launch
Friday, February 3, 2017 from 9:00 am – 9:30 am

Humber College Centre for Entrepreneurship (G Building)
3199 Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto, ON

Join Kimberly Gibbons, Executive DirectorOCIC; Allan Lissner, Photojournalist, Praxis Pictures; Delfina Edward Nyalaja, Country Manager, CPAR Tanzania; Dusanka Pavlica,Executive Director, CPAR Canada and CPAR staff and program participants connecting live from Bunda, Tanzania, in launching our Transformations 2017 Virtual Exhibit.

Transformations is an award-winning multi-year collaborative photojournalism project intended to increase dialogue and further understanding of international partnerships that address complex global challenges.

In this exhibit we invite you to learn about the work of CPAR Tanzania and CPAR Canada to empower farmers and their communities.  Join us in seeing how farmers in rural Tanzania are addressing issues of climate change, food security, and sustainable agriculture, and how they are transforming their communities through long-term agricultural and socio-economic development programs.

This narrative is rooted in the Istanbul Principles for CSO Development Effectiveness, a set of mutually shared values guiding the development work of civil society organizations (CSOs) worldwide.  These include to:

  • respect and promote human rights and social justice;
  • embody gender equality and equity while promoting women and girls’ rights;
  • focus on people’s empowerment, democratic ownership and participation;
  • promote environmental sustainability;
  • practice transparency and accountability;
  • pursue equitable partnerships and solidarity;
  • create and share knowledge and commit to mutual learning; and
  • commit to realizing positive sustainable change.

The stories presented were documented by OCIC and Allan Lissner during a visit to Tanzania in November 2016. To see OCIC’s virtual Transformations Exhibits on Peru and Nepal, click here.

FEBRUARY

05

OCIC Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Tanzania Micro-Exhibit
February 5-11, 2017

Centre for Social Innovation-Spadina
215 Spadina Avenue, 4th Floor, Toronto, ON

This venue is wheelchair accessible and child friendly.


OCIC Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Tanzania Micro-Exhibit
February 5-11, 2017

Parliament Street Library
269 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON

This venue is wheelchair accessible and child friendly.


OCIC Global Changemaker Youth Ambassadors 2017 Profiles
February 5-11, 2017

Watch for daily profiles of OCIC’s six Global Changemaker Youth Ambassadors 2017 through OCIC and nominating member communications channels.

FEBRUARY

07

Living with a Changing Climate: Implications for Children and Wildlife in Rural Tanzania
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 8:45 am – 10:00 am
West Preparatory Junior School
70 Ridge Hill Dr, Toronto, ON 

This event is not open to the public.


Humber College International Development Week Events
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Humber College - Lakeshore Campus 
Humber College - North Campus

Follow the links above for full details, including schedule and venue information.

FEBRUARY

08

Humber College International Development Week Events
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 

Humber College - Lakeshore Campus
Humber College - North Campus

Follow the links above for full details, including schedule and venue information.


Photo of Neesa Medina speaking at International Partners meeting prior to the 2017 Global Citizens Forum

OCIC Ottawa Development Drinks Event: Challenges and Opportunities for Women’s Participation in Politics, with guest speaker Neesa Medina, Security and Gender Analyst, Centro de Derechos de Mujeres, Honduras

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
HUB Ottawa
71 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Women have the right to participate in political processes that affect them and their society. Studies have shown that countries with increased women’s political participation tend to be more inclusive, responsive, egalitarian, and democratic. Yet, women around the world are still largely absent from national and local decision-making bodies and are often excluded from political processes. Despite representing half the global population, women comprise less than 20 percent of the world’s legislators. From discrimination and violence to a lack of support and resources, women face countless challenges to participation in the civic and political life of their countries.

Strengthening women’s rights and addressing barriers to political participation are critical to achieving gender equality and female empowerment. Please join OCIC and Cuso International for an International Development Week (IDW) event! IDW aims to highlight what Canada and Canadians are doing to make a better world as well as to encourage people to contribute actively to international development.

A cash bar will be available. For more information and to register, click here.


Cuso International Event: A Strategic Outlook of Diaspora Organizations and their 2017 Goals
Wednesday, February 8, 2017 from 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Centre for Social Innovation-Spadina
Alterna Savings Room, 4th Floor
215 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, ON

For many Canadians as global citizens, this will be an opportunity to learn about the 2017 strategic plans and goals of these diaspora organizations and the work and impact they are making locally and globally.  

For more information, click here

FEBRUARY

09

Humber College Design Thinking Workshop
Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 9:00am - 10:30am

Humber College - Lakeshore Campus
L Building: Room L1017

3199 Lakeshore Blvd, West, Toronto, ON 

During this hands-on 90-minute session, participants will be introduced to Design Thinking - a problem-solving methodology that puts the stakeholder insights and rapid prototyping at the forefront in order to go beyond assumptions that block effective solutions.

This event is free, but registration is required. For more information, click here.


Ryerson Global Opportunity Fair
Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 10:00am - 2:00pm
Ryerson Student Learning Center (SLC) Building Amphitheater 
Main Floor of the Student Learning Center, 
341 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON

In synchronicity with International Development Week 2017, Ryerson International will be hosting a Global Opportunity Fair on Thursday February 9th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Student Learning Center amphitheater. Come out and learn about student opportunities for global engagement by chatting with representatives from international volunteer sending organizations and local NGOs engaged in international projects. You can also learn about some of Ryerson University’s current federally funded overseas development projects, student exchange opportunities and upcoming workshops! 

For more information and to register, click here.


Living with a Changing Climate: Implications for Children and Wildlife in Rural Tanzania
Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Parliament Street Library
269 Gerrard Street East, Toronto, ON

Light snacks will be provided.  All are welcome!

This venue is wheelchair accessible and child friendly.


OCIC International Development Week Party
Thursday, February 9, 2017 from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Center for Social Innovation-Regent Park
Daniels Spectrum Building, 585 Dundas Street East, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON

Join OCIC and international guests from Colombia, Honduras, Kenya and Tanzania at our annual Toronto International Development Week Party. Play SDG BINGO with guest speakers and other attendees for a chance to learn how others are tackling the world’s greatest challenges, creatively. There will be awesome prizes, light refreshments and a surprise artistic interlude.

This venue is wheelchair accessible and this event is child friendly. Admission is free. For more information and to register, click here.

FEBRUARY

10

Living with a Changing Climate: Social Innovation Community Dialogue
Friday, February 10, 2017 from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Centre for Social Innovation-Spadina
215 Spadina Avenue, 4th Floor, Innovation Lab, Toronto, ON

This venue is wheelchair accessible. Admission is free and light lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, click here.


Humber College Student vs Professors International Development Trivia Showdown
Friday, February 10, 2017 from 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Humber College - Lakeshore Campus
L Building: Room L1017

3199 Lakeshore Blvd, West, Toronto, ON 

This event is free but registration is required. For more information, click here.


Bridging Theory & Practice - University of Toronto Scarborough International Development Conference (with Saturday "speed networking" facilitated by OCIC)
Friday, February 10, 2017 & Saturday, February 11, 2017

University of Toronto Scarborough, ON

For more information, click here.

FEBRUARY

13

YMCA Event: Youth Leadership for Social Change: A Model of Formative and Transformative Actions to Reduce Inequities and Build Peace
Monday February 13, 2017 from 11:00 am - 12:30pm

2200 Yonge Street
Unit 300, Umoja Room

Monica Aguirre, Coordinator of Youth Civic Participation & Advocacy, and Julian Marin, Coordinator of Memory & Peace of the YMCA of Medellin will be presenting the youth empowerment model that has developed young leaders who are active politic influencers and are leading their community’s path to Peace.  


OCIC Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Tanzania Full Exhibit Launch
Monday, February 13, 2017 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Metro Hall Rotunda
55 John Street, Toronto, ON

This venue is wheelchair accessible and this event is child friendly.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be provided. For more information and to register, click here.


OCIC Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Tanzania Full Exhibit
Monday, February 13, 2017 - Friday, February 17, 2017

Metro Hall Rotunda
55 John Street, Toronto, ON

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

MARCH

01

OCIC Transformations Exhibits Beyond IDW 2017
March 1 - 31, 2017 with March Break Activity (Date TBA)

Maria A. Shchuka Library
1745 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto, ON

APRIL

01

OCIC Transformations Exhibits Beyond IDW 2017
April 1 – 30, 2017

Elmira Library
65 Arthur Street South, Elmira, ON

 

 

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