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The International Development Week (IDW) is a Canada-wide event, spearheaded by Global Affairs Canada as an opportunity to highlight the work of Canada's development community and the work of Canada in international development. A number of post-secondary education institutions, not-for-profit organizations, and civil society organizations will participate in weeklong activities, taking place all over Canada. Humber College’s International Development Institute (IDI) in partnership with The Faculty of Business has organized IDW on campus with the purpose to engage the internal and external community on ID and inform IDI’s future activities.

IDW 2019 will consist of different events to bring about collaboration, awareness and knowledge generation. Some activities will be for the campus community only, and others will be open to the general public. Participants, will learn about the current issues surrounding international development. In addition, you will gain awareness of IDI and ways in which you can engage in international development at Humber College.

Internationalization is one of the key priorities for Humber College and a goal of the Internationalization strategy. Humber has been involved in international development projects for many years, and hosting IDW 2019 is one of the ways to support global engagement.

IDW 2019 Schedule at Humber 

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Event: World Café: Engaging in International Development at Humber College

Date Time  Location
Tuesday, Feb. 5 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Lakeshore – L1017
Friday, Feb. 8 11:00 am – 1:00 pm North – 7th semester

Are you a faculty or staff member at Humber interested in international development? Have you been involved in activities and projects in the developing world and would like to share and collaborate? Are you keen on learning more about opportunities at Humber and how you could get involved?

Humber International invites faculty and staff at Humber to convene in order to discuss ideas and build partnerships to address complex global challenges. This event will introduce the International Development Institute (IDI) as well as opportunities to engage in international development work through Humber. It will include roundtable discussions on different development topics and provide participants the opportunity to network, share, engage and collaborate on global issues.

Dr.Jean Chamberlain

Event: Talk with Jean Chamberlain Froese, Save the Mothers

Date Time Location
Wednesday, Feb 6 10:00 am -12:00 pm Lakeshore – L 3015

Did you know that more than 287,000 women die in childbirth every year? Join Jean Chamberlain Froese, an internationally recognized expert in women's health and the founder and executive director of Save the Mothers, an organization dedicated to training local leaders in developing countries to reduce maternal mortality.

Humber’s International Development Student Village Club has organized a talk with Jean Chamberlain Froese, to talk about the Save the Mothers’ program and its particular focus on advocacy training for safe motherhood. She will share her personal experience in working with women in development countries. This will be followed by a questions and answers session.

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Event: Breaking Stereotypes: We can all play a role in International Development

Date Time Location
Wednesday, Feb 6 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm North – LRC Concourse

Have you always been fascinated about working in international development, but are not sure how to contribute? This panel discussion will discuss the diverse skill-sets that are needed in order to tackle today’s development challenges on both a global and local scale. 

Open to the public

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Event: Together for Gender Equality: Strengthening Organizational Practice and Policies to Prevent and Address Sexual Misconduct
(This is an Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) event - payment required)

Date Time Location
Friday, Feb. 8 9:45 am – 5:00 pm Lakeshore – G Commons

Over the past year, a number of disturbing reports of sexual abuse and misconduct in the international development sector surfaced. Condemning these actions, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) - a national voice for the international development and humanitarian sector, vowed to create a steering committee to address these systemic issues.

The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) and Humber College co-host a panel discussion and workshop focused on strengthening organizational practices and policies to guide the prevention and management of sexual exploitation, abuse and misconduct. This event will facilitate a high level conversation sharing best practices and identifying the next steps to ensure responsible and accountable practices by Canadian organizations providing development and humanitarian assistance overseas.