What is International Development Week?
International Development Week (IDW) aims to draw attention to international development and shine a spotlight on Canadians’ contributions to eradicating poverty and to a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world. A unique Canadian tradition that began in 1991, IDW is held annually during the first full week of February.
The week is a whole-of-Canada “coming together” that involves civil society, the private and philanthropic sectors, schools, community organizations and the general public, as well as Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa and at its missions around the world. During IDW, international development stakeholders collectively host over a hundred events from coast to coast to coast and internationally.
This year’s International Development Week (#IDW2023) will take place from February 5 to 11 and will be celebrated by Global Affairs Canada, its Canadian development partner organizations and Canadians with an array of events and activities across the country. IDW 2023 is expected to feature virtual, in-person and hybrid events to maximize the impact and reach of activities. IDW 2023 will inform, inspire and involve Canadians in Canada’s international development efforts. Its unifying theme, Go for the Goals, calls for Canadians to take action to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Events from SCIC Members
It’s Time to Tackle Learning Poverty: Will we rise to meet the challenge?
February 9, 2023 - by CODE
Literacy is a gateway that can open the door to a world of opportunities or just as quickly shut it tight. Every day, the doors slams shut for many millions of children in low and middle-income countries around the world. According to the World Bank, a startling 70% of children in low- and middle-income are unable to read proficiently by age 10. In celebration of Canada’s International Development Week, join our host Nathalie O’Neil for a virtual fireside chat with leading education experts on the issue of Learning Poverty and how we can collectively rise to the challenge of ending it.
IDW 2023 events and programs are undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada provided through Global Affairs Canada.