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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Saturday, February 11


Activism 101
From staging protests and rallies to creating petitions and writing letters, attendees will analyze Amnesty International’s work centered around various human rights, politics and justice related issues. Using the Al’s Child Labour: Not in my phone! Campaign as an example, this workshop seeks to explore effective advocacy and will become a starting point for future policy makers, business leaders and activists alike.



BRIDGING THEORY AND PRACTICETHEMATIC DISCUSSIONSSPEAKERSWORKSHOPSSCHEDULEHIGH SCHOOL STUDENTSWORKSHOPS Activism 101 with Amnesty InternationalFrom staging protests and rallies to creating petitions and writing letters, attendees will analyze Amnesty International’s work centered... Read More →

Saturday February 11, 2017 14:15 - 15:45
MW 223


Coin Talk
Featuring a collection of over 2500 individual coins and bills from over 80 countries, we will explore the inscribed cultural, political, and economic histories on international currencies. By seeing money through this lense, we can trace the evolution of economies and national attitudes of the people and governments as they have evolved over time.



Her current research revolves around issues related to citizenship, borders, security, economy, nation-states and globalization. She is particularly interested in the ways that North American geopolitical relations are being reshaped, and how the idea of risk—both economic and social—has... Read More →

Saturday February 11, 2017 14:15 - 15:45
MW 262


Grant Writing
Grant and proposal writing is a skill that is used in various academic and professional settings. Come learn from professionals in the non-profit, business and academic communities who have a wealth of experience writing, reviewing and consulting on grant writing. You will have the opportunity to learn about the best practices in the field and work on your writing skills that are targeted specifically to crafting effective grant applications, proposals and program design.



Rohit Mehta is a lifelong Mississauga resident. Specializing in fundraising, he has served on the Grant Review Team of the Ontario Trillium Foundation for five years, and has been a professional grant writer, worked in donor relations, and sponsorship. He is a member of the Association... Read More →

Saturday February 11, 2017 14:15 - 15:45
MW 140