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This year, the International Development Conference will highlight the theoretical development studies and policy research that play a predominant role in shaping development projects. When concrete, tangible policies and projects are implemented, theory and practice often fail to coincide. Development solutions and initiatives, as well as daily livelihood decisions, executed by an array of actors - from large development players to individual households - affect the lives of citizens and underdeveloped areas throughout the world. As such, critical reflections on ongoing development efforts, common consumption decisions and ingrained aspects of the world economy highlight that, while considerable victories have been attained to achieve a more just, prosperous and equitable world, attempts at reforms and aids are not without their drawbacks. 

The controversy surrounding the involvement of religious aid organizations may politicize and undermine efforts to eliminate poverty and obtain relief. Attempts to regulate small scale gold mining, while environmentally necessary, may fail to address the dilemma of gold demand in shaping the persistence of artisans gold mining. Efforts to democratize and increase the transparency of the international trade regime may succeed in incorporating sustainability as a core principal of global commerce, but tedious institutional reform may not reflect the urgency of climate change. Alongside the IDC 2017’s thematic discussions, which will explore these and more concrete development efforts through a critical lens, the conference will also host a selection of Canadian NGOs, businesses, and student researchers to showcase the diversity and innovation of new ideas and efforts shaping the development sectors today. 

 

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D.Wipulasiri

Sri Sugatha Community Development Foundation
Executive Director
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Muhammad Akram

Atlas Corps
EGLI Fellow
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Obed Asamoah

Mendel Univeristy
Masters Student
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Rosine Assamoi

Plan International Canada
Senior Program Manager
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Joanne Banh

International Development Conference 2017
Marketing Director
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Steve Chang

International Development Conference 2017
Programming Director
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Tulshi Chowdhury

International Development Conference 2017
Logistics Director
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Larissa Crawford

York University
Student Global Ambassador
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Germán Andres Guberman Diaz

International Development Conference 2017
Co-chair
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Alyssa Esparaz

International Development Conference 2017
Programming Director
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Tanzeel Fatima

International Development Conference 2017
Co-chair
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Maggie Huang

Center for Internet and Society
Researcher
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UTSC IDC

International Development Conference 2017
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Emma Kerr

International Development Conference 2017
Delegates Director
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Shreya Mathur

International Development Conference 2017
Delegates Director
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Judy Perpose

International Development Conference 2017
Co-chair
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Rowena Rollon

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto
Teacher Candidate
BS

Becky Selman

Dysart USD
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Karen Young

University of Toronto Scarborough
Alumna
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Queena Zeng

International Development Conference 2017
Marketing Director
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Mariam Zia

International Development Conference 2017
Logistics Director