International Development Week

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

For 29 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February.


This past year, it took place from February 3-9th, 2019. The theme, Together for Gender Equality, 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.  Learn about International Development Week 2019 across Canada. 

Be sure to also get involved in the nationwide digital campaign #DevInspired, on social media this #IDW2019!  Our call to action to you is to: 

  • Post a development-themed photo and tell us why it inspires you, using the hashtag #IDW2019 and #DevInspired
  • Tag others to encourage them to share their photos; and
  • Spread the word: inspire, inform, and encourage others to get involved!

Top 30 Under 30 : The Gender Equality Edition

A major focus of ACGC’s annual IDW programming is our Top 30 Under 30 magazine, which highlights extraordinary young people who are working towards a just and sustainable future for everyone.

On February 7th 2019 , ACGC staff, board and members; as well community leaders joined an audience at The Top 30 Under 30 magazine launch event. Held at the University of Alberta, the launch celebrated the efforts of 30 youth who promote SDG 5: Gender Equality throughout the various avenues of their work in Canada and around the world.

The 30 Alberta youth selected come from a variety of backgrounds and sectors, and include nurses, doctors, social workers, engineers, students, and community development specialists. As part of the selection process, nominees were asked to reflect upon how they promote gender equality in their own work and daily lives, and to advise other on how they can take action towards gender equality

To learn more about and read the 8th annual Top 30 Under 30 Magazine: The Gender
Equality Edition please visit:


ACGC Members at International Week 2019

ACGC Members organized events taking place within the week, joining
a broad national community of international development and humanitarian aid
organizations in celebrating:

  • University of Alberta International organized UAlberta’s annual International week. A
    number of lectures, panels, and events gave students a chance to hear perspectives
    from around the world, and engage in deep conversations about global issues. ACGC
    was pleased to co-host Hoda Katebi, Iranian American fashion blogger who delivered
    a keynote “From Tehran Streetstyle to the War on Terror: A Conversation on Gender,
    Feminism, Orientalism, White Supremacy, and Empire through Fashion”
  • University of Alberta International hosted 17 SDG talks during IDW. ACGC Executive
    Director Heather McPherson gave the final ‘Global Goals Talk’, speaking to Goal 17:
    Partnerships for the Goals. Each given 17 Minutes, the presenters gave dynamic insight
    into what is already being done to achieve their chosen SDG, and further action that
    can be taken here in Canada and around the world.
  • The Canadian Center for Ethnomusicology hosted a concert at the University of
    Alberta on February 8th. Listeners were treated to a performance ‘World Music
    for Sustainable Development’ featuring the Edmonton Transcultural Orchestra. All
    proceeds raised at the event went towards humanitarian relief in Yemen.
    At the University of Calgary, students presented their solutions to global problems in a
    Dragon’s Den style competition. Teams of three pitched ideas to the audience and a
    panel of judges in under 3 minutes. Six finalists have since went on to compete again
    in UofC’s finals on March 5th.

  • The Sustainable Development Goals Alliance celebrated the knowledge and
    experience of University of Calgary students who have actively engaged in
    international development by hosting an event ‘Storytelling the SDGs : Experiences
    in International Development.’ Attendees were invited to learn about the different
    dimensions of international development through the panel and student showcase.
  • The Office of Sustainability, UCalgary International, the Native Centre and Career
    Services collaborated on an evening dinner event aimed at giving students the
    opportunity to explore careers related to sustainability and international development
    through networking with professionals from various fields.

MacEwan University: Global Awareness Week

Learn about human rights and gender equality issues. Witness the impact of sustainability initiatives and poverty education. Get creative at hands-on workshops. This is Global Awareness Week.

Learn more