25th IDW


International Development Week (IDW) is an annual public engagement initiative led by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada to increase awareness of Canada’s contribution to international development. The week provides a national platform for the international cooperation community in Canada to celebrate and share our achievements, and to encourage the active engagement of all Canadians, as global citizens.

OCIC will mark this 25th Anniversary celebration of IDW with a series of communications and events for the public and members. For a complete listing and to register for events, read on!

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OCIC Exhibit Opening & International Development Week Launch Event

Join the OCIC community at our Exhibit Opening and International Development Week Launch Event, February 3, 2015 from 6:00 PM. At this celebratory event OCIC will showcase Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Peru, a collaborative photojournalism project intended to increase dialogue and further understanding of international partnerships that address complex global challenges.

We will also recognize nine outstanding youth that are working for positive change locally and globally, with Global Changemaker 2015 Youth Ambassador Awards. Come celebrate with us!

This free and public event is wheelchair accessible and child friendly. Registration is required. Click here to RSVP.

The complete exhibit will be available online, accessible through a QR code to be circulated soon! Micro-exhibits will be spread across Toronto at the CBC, Centre for Social Innovation Spadina and Regent Park locations, and at two Toronto Libraries, throughout February. All venues are wheelchair accessible. Click here for details.

OCIC Global Changemaker 2015 Youth Ambassador Awards

Each year during International Development Week OCIC honours the efforts of outstanding youth who have demonstrated active engagement with communities and civil society organizations in the promotion of international cooperation and social justice.

This year our awards will move one step closer to action, as recipients take on a new role as OCIC Global Changemaker 2015 Youth Ambassadors. Throughout the week we look forward to sharing video profiles, and invite you to read more about their motivations, experiences and perspectives on our website and social media. Search the hashtag #GCMYA on Twitter and Facebook to discover more.

World on a Plate Salad Club

Join OCIC and CSI Spadina on February 3, 2015 for “World on a Plate,” a special edition of Salad Club.

Starting at 12:30 sharp, you’re invited to sample and share favourite foods from around the world in this lunchtime gathering of innovative minds. Bring a labelled dish or ingredients to contribute to the mix that speak to your tastes and life journeys.

OCIC will also provide yummy Peruvian food in celebration of the launch of our exhibit “Transformations: Stories of Partnership, Resilience and Positive Change in Peru,” and we are pleased to welcome special guest Maria Teresa Torres Morales, from kusiROSTROS in Peru. All are welcome! 

OCIC at Humber International Development Week Marketplace

OCIC will be at Humber College on February 4, 2015 for their International Development Week Marketplace. The Marketplace features student groups, NGOs and other development organizations who want to showcase and advocate their work.

Like OCIC, Humber is also hosting a series of workshops and events. To view the full calendar, please visit idwhumber2015.com.

Gender, Inclusion and Development: Exploring the Links

Join the Ontario Gender and Development Network (OGADN) and OCIC for an interactive discussion exploring the links between gender, inclusion and development. This event offers an opportunity for gender and development practitioners and those with interest to share global examples of ways organizations are making links and addressing challenges, within a wide range of development initiatives.

Presenters include:

Susan James, Presbyterian World Service and Development

Emily Kere, Christian Blind Mission International (CBM Canada)

Francois Ndibwami, Canadian Churches in Action

Clara Vaz, Gender Consultant

Amboka Wameyo, Canadian Feed the Children

Join us! Friday, February 6, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Metro Hall,
200 Wellington Street West,
Room 314
Toronto ON M5V 3C7

This venue is wheelchair accessible, this event is free, and registration is required. Light lunch will be provided. Registration Closed.

OCIC Careers in Global Health Panel

Join OCIC members at a panel presentation on Careers in Global Health, at Humber College, Monday, February 9, 2015 from 10:45 AM -12:30 PM

Pathways to careers in international cooperation are many and diverse. In this panel, OCIC invites development sector professionals to provide insight into what they do, share highlights of their professional journey, and offer tips on how to secure meaningful employment.

Confirmed Panelists include:

Emily Kere, Senior International Programs Officer, Christian Blind Mission International (CBM Canada)

Kevin O’Neill, Director of Programmes, Amref Health Africa in Canada

Maria Teresa Torres Morales, Executive Director, KusiROSTROS

Anna Wickenden, Director of International Programs, effect: hope (The Leprosy Mission Canada)

Robbyn Draimin, Results Canada

Crowdfunding to Make a Difference & OCIC Money Talks Launch

Are you interested in crowdfunding for your international work, but are unsure where to start? Join OCIC on February 10, 2015 to learn more.

In this session Chris Charlesworth, Co-Founder and CEO of HiveWire, will share insights in how to launch a crowdfunding campaign for an innovative development initiative, and Michael Carlson will share lessons learned from his successful crowdfunding campaign for Doctors for Doctors and Nurses for Nurses.

OCIC will also launch our first issue of Money Talks, a new online publication that offers creative solutions to funding problems for those working in international cooperation. Issue 1 focuses on Funding Women’s Rights, and includes a feature on crowdfunding that you won’t want to miss.

About the Event:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Whole Connector Room
Centre for Social Innovation
215 Spadina Ave, Suite 120

This event is free, and registration is required. Registration Closed.

About the Speakers:

Chris Charlesworth holds an MBA from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, and an Honours Bachelor of Political Science from the University of Western Ontario. Chris has worked as a management consultant in Indonesia, Canada and the United States across several practice areas, including financial services, marketing, and social media. As Co-founder and CEO, Christopher works to create value for clients by applying HiveWire’s crowdfunding tools and techniques to their strategic objectives.

HiveWire is a full-service crowdfunding agency which builds crowdfunding platforms, conducts data and research, and provides professional consulting services. To date HiveWire has delivered two major crowdfunding platforms:www.csiCatalyst.org for the Centre for Social Innovation and www.fwyc.ca for the Toronto Fringe. HiveWire’s efforts have directly led to over 700K in financing via crowdfunding. Contact info@hivewire.ca or visit www.hivewire.ca for more information.

Michael Carlson holds a Masters of Teaching from the University of Toronto and a BSc from UBC. He has worked in politics, student government, education and the environmental sciences. In 2013 Michael used his skills as a generalist to team up with other professionals and start Doctors for Doctors and Nurses for Nurses.

Doctors for Doctors and Nurses for Nurses is a special project within the Canadian Charity Global Peace Network that sponsors the medical education of high potential rural students in Nicaragua. The operations of the development project came into full swing in early 2014. After a successful crowdfunding campaign in fall 2014, DFD was able to sponsor its second student.

ICN Webinar: Ebola – The Ongoing Challenge

Join us in a candid discussion reflecting on the current situation in West Africa.

Since the Ebola outbreak was confirmed in the West African country of Guinea in March 2014, Ebola has spread across the region and to other countries in Africa, Europe and North America. Over 20 000 cases have been diagnosed and almost 8 500 people have died.

Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) has been on the ground responding since the beginning of the outbreak, and has called on the international community to help in the fight against this still poorly understood disease. With specialized medical teams in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, and Mali, MSF is the largest medical responder to the unprecedented Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

Jonathan Jennings, Deputy Executive Director for the Canadian section of MSF, and Clémentine Olivier, Humanitarian Affairs Advisor for the Canadian section of MSF, join us in a candid discussion reflecting on the current situation in West Africa and MSF’s response to date, the challenges to an effective response, and lessons learned from the ongoing epidemic.

The Inter-Council Network invites you to join this essential and timely discussion on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 12:00 PM EST / 9:00 AM PST. The presentation will be followed by an open question and answer period.

Registration Closed.

Wrap Up IDW at OCIC Development Drinks events in Ottawa & Toronto

Development Drinks is a monthly networking event for development professionals run by OCIC volunteers in Ottawa and Toronto. Held the second week of each month – on Wednesday in Ottawa and Thursday in Toronto – it provides a space to connect with others who are passionate about working, volunteering and learning about the sector. Development Drinks events are free, and registration is required.

Ottawa Development Drinks

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
The Standard
360 Elgin Street, Ottawa

Registration Closed

Contact the Ottawa
Development Drinks
Committee at ottawadevelopmentdrinks@gmail.com and see “Ottawa Development Professionals” on LinkedIn to get connected.

Toronto Development Drinks – Speed Networking Edition

Thursday, February 12, 2015
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM at
The Fox and Fiddle
280 Bloor Street West, Toronto (across from the Bata Shoe Museum)

Registration Closed

This location is wheelchair accessible, has street parking available and has access to barrier free washrooms.

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