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International Development Week (IDW)

February 7 - 10, 2017

Developing the World's Youth:
Innovation in Entrepreneurship and Employment

International Development Week (IDW) is an annual national initiative to encourage Canadians—especially youth—to learn more about and contribute to international development. 

As global citizens, this is an opportunity for the Humber community to share their experiences and ideas on ways to reduce poverty around the world, and bring attention to both global and local initiatives that are sparking change.

IDW 2017 is full of thought provoking workshops, panel discussions, guest speakers, and a month long photo exhibit in February. This year our theme is ‘Developing the World’s Youth: Innovation in Entrepreneurship and Employment’. Global unemployment is climbing at an alarming rate. Today over 46% of the world workforce faces high levels of precarious work with limited access to basic social protection. Youth, who make up a roughly quarter of the world’s people, are particularly vulnerable.

Join the conversation and help us answer the questions: What would you do if you couldn’t find a job? What innovative ideas can offer sustainable livelihoods for vulnerable populations/youth?

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued the following statement to mark International Development Week 2016


“As Canadians, we are defined by our compassion, our generosity, and our ingenuity. Nowhere are these qualities more evident than in our international development workers and volunteers. These Canadians work tirelessly at home – and around the world – to reduce poverty and inequality. “Moving forward, the Government of Canada will be refocusing development assistance on helping the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. Our efforts will be guided by the principles of innovation and effectiveness, as we strive to make Canada’s approach to development something that we can all be proud of. “During International Development Week, I encourage all Canadians to learn – and draw inspiration from – those who do so much to make our world a safer and more compassionate place to live.”