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IDW Conference 2019

February 8 @ 7:00 pm - February 9 @ 10:00 pm EST

International Development Week is an annual event that brings together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, development practitioners and members of the general public to share new knowledge and ideas on international development. Through a series of events, roundtables and workshops, students have the opportunity to learn about development issues and the latest trends in sustainable development approaches from leading professionals in the field. This conference is open to students from all faculties and is open to students from any academic institution. The objective is to provide students with the knowledge necessary to understand complex development issues while providing them with the necessary network to pursue development initiatives and empower them to put their ideas into practice.

The theme of IDW 2019 is Breaking Down Barriers: Mobilizing Locally for a Global Impact. This theme aims to explore the various individual, local, national and global barriers to international development, and the need for different actors from the public, private, non-governmental and academic sectors to mobilize and cooperate to overcome these complex barriers to development. More importantly, the conference will highlight the importance of applying community-led approaches to development in order to empower local people to facilitate change within their own communities. By emphasizing the importance of community-led and multi-sectoral mobilization, participations will be able to understand how different actors can come together to support local initiatives in order to empower local voices to create a global impact.

Topics to be covered include gender in global health initiatives, the challenges of refugee resettlement, the role of artificial intelligence and technology in development, the emergence of social entrepreneurship in solving local problems, and much more!

What is included in the ticket cost?

  • A wine and cheese networking event
  • 2 keynote speakers
  • 2 panel sessions
  • 2 workshop sessions
  • Breakfast and lunch on the conference day
  • A banquet dinner with an international dinner featuring food from embassies located in Ottawa

For more information and testimonials from past participants, check out our website: idw-sdi.ca!

***Panels and workshops will be chosen closer to the date of the conference.***

If you are unable to purchase a ticket online and would like to purchase your ticket in cash, please email Rahul Balasundaram at idw.coordo.sdi@aedsa.ca to arrange a time to purchase a ticket at the AEDSA office (FSS2039).

The DSA acknowledges that this event is taking place on unceded and unsurrendered Algonquin territory.


February 8 @ 7:00 pm
February 9 @ 10:00 pm


University of Ottawa
Faculty of Social Sciences, 120 University Private, Ottawa, ON
Ottawa,ONK1N 6N5Canada
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