This year, countless Canadian NGOs led the way in the development sector, creating waves of change on an international level. This list, compiled by Devon Matthews, features 10 Canadian founded and operated NGOs. These organizations work on some of the world’s most pressing issues, including women’s rights advocacy and medical services provision. Check out their 2015 campaigns and consider becoming involved or donating to some of these amazing organizations in the new year!
We are 10 days away from the release of the 10th anniversary issue of the Undercurrent! To celebrate this milestone, we thought we’d do a blog series: 10 Posts in 10 Days. Today, we kick off the series by looking back at what was going on in the world when the Undercurrent was created! Comment below if you think of anything else that happened in 2004.
The University of Ottawa’s International Development Students Association has organized an International Development Week (IDW) conference, to take place from January 30-31, 2015 at the University of Ottawa. This annual conference aims to unite undergraduate and graduate students, faculty members, development practitioners and members of the general public to share knowledge and fresh ideas pertaining to international development. It includes workshops, presentations and interactive networking events — such as a wine and cheese and banquet dinner — and is focused on engaging and informing students in international development, promoting global citizenship and increasing cultural awareness and understanding.
One early October morning, I had the opportunity to virtually connect with Talia Smith, an Undercurrent alumni who is presently working with the UN in Indonesia! Oh, the wonders of modern technology, where you can be instantly connected to someone across the world — and conduct interviews in your pyjamas!
Christie here with another edition of the IDS Students’ Bookshelf! The second book to be added to our bookshelf is Max Du Preez’s Pale Native: Memories of a Renegade Reporter (written in 2003). Prior to embarking on a field course in South Africa in 2013, I was required to read numerous books written by South Africans and/or about South Africa. This book’s title caught my attention, and so I borrowed my professor’s copy.
The first book to be added to our bookshelf is……
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You’ve probably seen Buzzfeed articles pop on your Facebook newsfeed. With titles like “17 Things Anyone Who Has Built Ikea Furniture Knows To Be True”, these articles are a great (and hilarious) way to put off writing that analysis on microcredit schemes in Bangladesh. On occasion, however, these articles can be quite useful. Here at the Undercurrent, we decided to create an IDS-themed list to help you ace this semester. We present you with…..