Learning from my mistakes, here are three lessons for international development organisations starting new projects in developing countries. These won’t guarantee a successful project, but I can tell you from my experience that whenever we erred on any of these, we paid a heavy price.
Review from the 2019 Conference on Young Professionals and international development professionals with a discussion on Sustainable Development Goals
What are the contributions that international development can make in addressing COVID-19? What does the future hold for international development? Please join us for a conversation between international development practitioners and policy makers on the implications the global community faces in the COVID-19 era, the security challenges, and the future of international development projects during a global pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created an uncertain future for the Canadian humanitarian and development sector. A University of Guelph research team recently studied the pandemic's impacts on the Canadian humanitarian and development sector.
The United Nations food agency, the World Food Program (WFP), won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for its efforts to combat hunger and improve conditions for peace in conflict-affected areas.
Covid-19 has underscored the need for international assistance to make ‘achieving scale’ central to its efforts. Sustainable development solutions with large scale impact are required to leave no one behind. This is challenging but not impossible! Drawing on few examples from private, public and civil society sectors, I have identified eight vehicles that are instrumental in achieving impact at scale.
On a weekly basis the group discusses particular topics or questions and works to find solutions that will help our community continue to deliver international development results during the global COVID 19 pandemic.
CAIDP was invited to attend the launch of FinDev Canada’s Annual Report on July 7. The report on the discussion prepared by the External Relations Committee may be of interest to development professionals. In particular we draw your attention to the fact that FinDev is planning to launch a Technical Assistance (TA) facility to build the capacity of their clients which may present opportunities for members. CAIDP will be following developments and reporting back to members on this.
ADB representative for North America Bart Édes briefs CAIDP Board member Phil Cox. Watch/listen to this 20 minute conversation (recorded April 27th, 2020) to hear how the Bank sees the COVID-19 crisis unfolding and the recovery that will follow.
A number of Canadian aid and development security professionals are convening a regular virtual roundtable for Canadian security and risk managers in the aid, humanitarian and development space.
COVID-19 offers an opportunity to recalibrate Nepal’s economy towards self-reliance and preparedness
An interesting article (blog) by Zenda Ofir on how to adjust evaluation practices to cope with the impact of the coronavirus.
Further to my message on Tuesday, we are continuing to develop measures and guidance to support your work during this difficult time.
These are difficult times for all of us. The COVID-19 pandemic has already brought significant changes to our work, our families, and our daily routines and of course our ability to deliver international assistance in the field.
The Commonwealth of Learning based in Burnaby BC is a world leader in open education resources and open and distance learning.During this crisis they have posted information and resources on their website to help. Find more information here:
COVID-19 Pandemic: Humanity needs leadership and solidarity to defeat COVID-19.
Posted with permission of its author, William Finseth (March 19th, 2020)
Global Affairs is recommending that all Canadians international development specialists return home. This, itself, is a serious challenge but there are many follow-on issues associated with that action. Here are just a few:
The recruitment process for Waterloo’s world-leading co-operative education (Co-op) / work-integrated learning (WIL) program has begun for 8000+ Waterloo co-op students who are available to intern/work from May-August 2020.
Talented students are available from over 120 academic programs, many of whom can already bring over a year of relevant work experience to your organization!
You have the opportunity to share your story at our Disruptor Showcase during our upcoming CAIDP Conference. // Saisissez l’occasion de partager vos expériences à l’occasion de la démonstration des facteurs de perturbation qui aura lieu lors de prochaine conférence du RPCDI.
The Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP) is conducting research to assess Canada's current landscape of expertise related to Canada's foreign policy priorities, particularly Canada's Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP). The objective is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the expertise available in various thematic areas. Furthermore, we would like to assess how experts find consultancy/programming opportunities and how institutions source their pools of experts.