International Development Week is Here!

Every year during the first full week of February, people around Canada host events, strike up conversations, screen films, and share stories and statistics about how we are collectively working on International Development, at home and abroad.

Feb 4-10 is International Development Week 2018, and there is a lot going on in British Columbia! It’s the 27th year that the Government of Canada has encouraged International Development organizations, practitioners, students, and volunteers to engage the wider public in topics about global development in a concerted effort over one week.

This year, the theme of International Development Week (IDW) is “Partnerships for a Better World” – and the BCCIC network is excited to showcase just how relevant partnerships are to everything from educating one more girl in the world, to achieving the 17 overarching UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Watch BCCIC social media and check back on our website for new posts about what’s coming up this year for BCCIC, such as engaging with the UN High-Level Political Forum to report on Canada’s progress on the SDGs, as well as a new phase of our BC2030 Campaign to get people talking about the SDGs for the municipal elections in BC. We are also releasing some new videos about the unique research we’ve done on the power and potential of networks to achieve the SDGs.


What’s Happening with BCCIC for IDW

  • Saturday, Feb 10 – 9am-5:30pm: International Development Week Conference, Vancouver
    This year, BCCIC partnered with a dedicated group of volunteers (who are mostly International Development students!) to host the International Development Week Conference 2018. The conference’s theme is “Gender and Development: Reducing Inequalities and Fostering Inclusive Growth.” The conference includes inspiring keynotes, thought-provoking presenters and panelists, and guided roundtables to create policy recommendations to the Canadian government. We hope to see you there. Click here to get your tickets now!


  • Feb 8 @ 12pm noon: Youth COP 24 Online Presentation
    BCCIC is also hosting an online presentation with the 6 young people with whom we travelled to Germany with last year for the COP 24 United Nations conference on climate change. Attend online and hear about how they are using their experience to make an impact in their own communities. Tune into the presentation using this link: (you may need to install the Telus program, contact with any questions)


BCCIC Member Events for IDW

Feb 4-10, Victoria
An exciting week of events for the organization’s 40th anniversary

Cuso International & Shanti Uganda
Feb 10 – 12:15-1:20pm, Burnaby
Visit their booths during the networking lunch at the IDW Conference

SFU International
Feb 7 – 5:45-9:30pm, Burnaby
Screening of “Human Flow” about the current refugee crisis (please register in advance)

Global Village Nanaimo
Feb 8-11, Nanaimo
Nanaimo Global Film Festival

VIU Faculty of International Education
Feb 5-9, Nanaimo
VIU Global Citizens’ Week

Global Citizen Kelowna (member of BCCIC Chapter GECCO)
Feb 10 – 5:30-8:30pm, Kelowna
‘A Taste of Home’ celebration of ethnic food and entertainment

Her International (member of BCCIC Chapter GECCO)
Feb 9 – 6-11pm
“HOPE in her Eyes” Dinner and Art Auction

Engineers Without Borders – UBC Vancouver Chapter
Feb 1 & 9 – 12pm noon, Vancouver
Lunch & Learn Webinars with Kumvana Fellows

HUGGS Canada
Ongoing, North Vancouver
Volunteer Drive to support Underprivileged Students in India


Engage with IDW!

We at BCCIC hope that every interested person uses the opportunity of International Development Week to learn something new, connect with people, and find ways to take action that feel meaningful. Get involved with a BCCIC Member Organization, or get involved with BCCIC!

  • Become a member and join the official network
  • Participate in BCCIC events and learning opportunities
  • Volunteer with BCCIC or a Member Organization
  • Do your research or practicum with BCCIC
  • Follow BCCIC on twitter and facebook and help us share news and events, check and use the hashtag #IDW2018
  • Sign up for the BCCIC Newsletter
  • Get in touch to suggest how you could be involved! We appreciate new ideas and energy.

Contact with any questions about how to get involved.

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