International Development Week

International Development Week (IDW) is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world!

For 30 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. This year it took place from February 2-8, 2020. The theme was #GoForTheGoals, referring to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn about International Development Week 2020 across Canada. 

Top 30 Under 30 Celebration

On February 4th, 2020, we celebrated the 9th Annual Top 30 Under 30, featuring 30 accomplished youth from Alberta and around the world contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

This year’s event marked the 30th Anniversary of International Development Week, with the theme of ‘Go For The Goals’. During the event, we heard from government representatives, ACGC Executive Director Leah Ettarh, Global Affairs Canada Director Vaughn Lantz, and several of our Top 30 recipients, including Kevin Laxamana, Glendy Paola Agustín Jíguan, Joud Nour Eddin, and Mackenzie Brown. A special thanks to Sabreena Braich, Melissa Scott, and Rose-Eva Forgues-Jenkins, who hosted the evening.

Keynote speakers included Friba Rezayee, Afghanistan’s first female Olympian, and Nikita Kalonji, Fast & Female ambassador.

Thank you to all friends, family, ACGC members and members of the public who came and celebrated these youth with us. We hope to see you all again next year!

Demystifying Partnerships with Global Affairs Canada

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, University of Alberta International, and University of Calgary International hosted information sessions with a representative from Global Affairs Canada’s Partnerships for Development Innovation Branch. There was dedicated time for questions throughout the presentations. The events provided information and insight into questions that are frequently asked by Global Affairs Canada’s partners, or potential partners, including:

  • What are the main elements of Global Affairs Canada’s international assistance?
  • What elements should be included when designing a project for Global Affairs Canada funding?
  • How do selection processes (calls for proposals and unsolicited proposals) work?
  • What happens after a project is selected?
  • How does Global Affairs Canada work with partners during project implementation?

InSight Media Launch

After 2 long years of dreaming, planning, and hard work, we were excited to announce that the InSight 360-degree Video project is up and running! The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation, and Manitoba Council for International Cooperation collaborated to roll out this 2-year initiative.

Between January 2020 and December 2021, the councils will be working together to bring stories of women and girls from the Global South to children and youth across the prairies!

Our media launch at 2:00pm, February 4th at the Calgary Central Library gave members of the public the opportunity to experience InSight firsthand.

International Development Week 2020 - Livestream Event

Global Affairs Canada and partners, including the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC), hosted a national broadcast to mark the 30th International Development Week.

The broadcast united young people in a wave across Canada, via social media, to share and learn about how they #GoForTheGoals in their own communities.
This unique opportunity of a coast-to-cast livestream was attended by students, young people, and global citizens across Canada. ACGC was pleased to participate in the livestream with Top 30 Under 30 recipient Ivan Touko. 

University of Alberta International Week

From February 3-7, University of Alberta International hosted keynote lectures, presentations and short dynamic Global Goals Talks to learn about the SDGs and the people working to help Canada achieve the 2030 Agenda. Highlights included:

  • Keynote by Natan Obed 
    Advancing Nation Building, Inuit Self-determination and Reconciliation: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Inuit Nunangat.
  • Keynote by Vien Truong Exponential Equity: How we accelerate towards a just, sustainable future for all
  • Keynote by Dr. Daniel Hiebert
    Part of Ethics, Rights, Culture and Humanization of Refugees Transdisciplinary Workshop 

Transpositions: Music for Resilient Communities

The Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology presented an opportunity to learn about — and experience — music’s power to create human connection and sustain humanity. Attendees heard from Thomas Mapfumo, known as the “Lion of Zimbabwe” for his immense popularity and influence in critiquing power through Chimurenga (“struggle” in Shona) — a musical genre he developed in the 1970s in support of human rights and social justice, transposing traditional mbira melodies to electric guitars.

This was followed by a concert of Arab music featuring virtuoso musicians, Roy Abdalnour (violin) and Ahmed al-Auqaily (percussion), accompanied by Prof. Michael Frishkopf (nay and keyboard) with special guest Prof. Guillaume Tardif (classical violin). 

University of Calgary International Development Week

University of Calgary International presented the following IDW events: 

  1. UCalgary World’s Challenge Challenge Semi-Finals

    Teams of two to four students pitched solutions to global challenges for the chance to enter the final competition at UCalgary. The winning team from the UCalgary finals will get to compete in the Global Final World’s Challenge Challenge for a chance to win $30,000!


  2. Am I Racist? Stories of Colonialism and Racism in Development

    Am I Racist? focused on two segments: Racism & Development and Colonialism & Development. Themes of presentations by students, staff and faculty included: microaggressions, racism, white privilege/saviourism, Indigenous sovereignty.


  3. Careers in Sustainability and International Development
    This evening of networking with local sustainability and international development professionals helped students discover career paths and inspired their career goals. 

Bow Valley College International Development Week

During the IDW week, Bow Valley College students and staffs participated in various activities and showcased how they #GoForTheGoals Together! Events included:

  • Bow Valley College’s IDW Launch
  • Bow Valley College around the World Display
  • Gender Equality Interactive Session/SABVC
  • Kenya Partners Discuss Competency-Based Education and Training
  • Discovery Hub: A Pan-African Experience
  • Sustainability Awareness on Campus
  • Winter Bike to Work : Breakfast n’ Learn

Fundraising Adventure Night

Nafasi Opportunity Society hosted a ‘choose your adventure’ night at the Dirtbag Cafe & Rock Jungle Boulders to support their education program in Tanzania. Guests chose between the following adventures:

  • Paint with Nafasi – Watercolours – Hosted by Karen Bishop
  • Boulder for Nafasi – Hosted by Rock Jungle Boulders