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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Mr. Connor Tidd, M.Sc candidate (University of Toronto), BA (McGill), is a current graduate student with the University of Toronto’s Institute for Management and Innovation in the Masters of Sustainability Management program and the Senior Strategy and Innovation Officer for the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law. His current research focus is on the divergence of regulatory approval and social license to operate in environmental areas. He has won numerous awards including the top 30 under 30 Sustainability, Development, and Human Rights Leader award from the Center for Development and Strategy, gold awards at the recent COP22 for work on the dignified migration of climate refugees, and the potential for interstate climate litigation before the international court of justice. Previously he has worked for Bayer CropScience, the University of Toronto, and McGill University.