2022 International Development Week

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

This year’s IDW took place from February 6-12, 2022. Learn about International Development Week across Canada and check out events that were organized and hosted by our members below!

2022 Top 30 Under 30: Virtual Celebration!

ACGC’s Top 30 Under 30 Event took place on Wednesday, February 9th from 6pm-7:30pm. The event was virtual, and celebrated this year’s crop of outstanding Top 30 Under 30’s.  The event was live-streamed from the Grindstone Theatre and hosted by 2021 Top 30 Hannan Mohamud. There was a special live performance by Afro-fusion band MelAfrique and congratulatory addresses from the Minister of International Development Harjit S. Sajjan, ACGC Executive Director Leah Ettarh, and statements read  from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Premier Jason Kenney. Additionally, there were speeches from 2022 Top 30s Trent Daley, Lilianna Coyes-Loiselle, Timiro Mohamed, and Ahdithya Rajan Parvathi Visweswaran. 

Top 30 Under 30 is an annual award presented by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation to 30 youth for their commendable work in making the world a more just, fair, and sustainable place for all. Learn more and view the full profiles as the link below!

U of A: International Week Event Series

The UofA hosted a series of engaging 17-minute talks on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Tuesday, February 1 through Monday, February 9!

Soroptimist: Period Poverty and Public Policy. What's Next?

Soroptimist International of Central Alberta hosted a virtual Gender Equality forum on Saturday, February 5 from 1-4PM (PST). This was a forum on public policy strategies to combat period poverty, and included a screening of the award-winning film “Pandora’s Box: Lifting the lid on Menstruation.”  Q and A, and panel discussion followed the main event.

Calgary & Edmonton Public Libraries: IDW Reading List

ACGC, in partnership with the Calgary Public Library (CPL) and Edmonton Public Library (EPL), have created digital booklists. The booklists were posted in February and can be found at the links below, respectively. The collection will be in a ‘featured’ area for the week and all books will be related to stories of perseverance and hope from around the world from Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Syria, to Guatemala.

U of C: Careers in Sustainability and International Development

The UofC hosted a night of networking and meaningful career exploration during their fourth annual Careers in Sustainability and International Development event on February 10, 2022 in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, UCalgary International and Career Services. Event is available to students only. 

Bow Valley College: IDW Events

Bow Valley College  joined the world in celebrating IDW with a series of events held from February 8-10, 2022 to show the significant contribution that international education makes to our social, economic, and cultural well-being and to support Canada’s ongoing efforts to engage on the international stage. 

This series included the following virtual events:

Creating Global Leaders in an Interconnected World- Tuesday, February 8th from 12pm-1pm. Speakers include: Chris Enns (Global Training Program Specialist at the University of Alberta) and Susan Pereverzoff (Director, Global Citizens Division, Partnerships for Development Innovation Branch, Global Affairs Canada). 

Indigenous Realities in Response to Development Work- Wednesday, February 9th from 12pm-1pm

Diversibility: International Development- Thursday, February 10th from 12:30pm-1:00pm (Event is available to Bow Valley College students only)

NorQuest College: Lunch Forum & Creative Expression Contest

NorQuest College hosted a virtual ‘learn at lunch’ event on Wednesday February 9. This forum featured guest speakers and an overview of the College’ international development work in the context of the SDGs. In addition, NorQuest students were invited to participate in a Creative Expression Contest, where they identified an international development and/or gender equality issue faced by populations in the Global South and created a creative piece using the medium of their choice.

University of Calgary: Global Development Speaker Series with Dr. Gavin Fridell

The University of Calgary hosted 4 virtual speaker series, starting with a talk from Dr. Gavin Fridell on February 11, 2022. The topic of discussion was fairtrade. Dr, Fridell will discuss fairtrade’s achievements and impact, corporate power, ethical consumerism, and climate change. Dr. Fridell is a Professor at Saint Mary’s University. He has published widely on fairtrade, and critical political economy, including the books “Coffee” (2014) and “Alternative Trade: Legacies for the Future” (2013). His recent co-edited book is “The Fair Trade Handbook: Building a Better World, Together” (2021). He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Canadian Fair Trade Network.

Sombrilla International Presents Open Conversations with Students: An International Development Week Event

Sombrilla International Development Society hosted an International Development Week event “Open Conversations with Students” on February 12th, 2022. There were conversations with students in El Salvador that have gained access to education thanks to the Jose Garcia Scholarship Fund. The founder of CEBES Perquin, a local NGO in Morazán, El Salvador, Father Rogelio Ponseele, discussed their role in helping youth become the leaders of tomorrow. Additionally, keynote speaker, Leslie Shuld, Director and Co-Founder of Centro de Intercambio de Solidaridad spoke as well.

The 2021 Cooperation Canada Awards

Cooperation Canada were joined by supporters and partners on February 9, 2022 as they celebrated awardees of the following awards: Karen Takacs Award for Women’t Leadership, the Organizational and Individual Innovation and Impact Awards in honour of Lewis Perinbam.

Islamic Relief Canada: Hibo's Message

Islamic Relief Canada will be highlighting some key people doing inspiring work. In the first series, Hibo Wardere, a survivor of FGM/C (Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting) tells her story. Click on the button below to hear Hibo’s story.