Every year, through International Development Week (IDW), Canadians are invited from coast to coast to coast and internationally to get involved in activities and celebrate their contributions to eradicating poverty and to a more peaceful, inclusive, and prosperous world. This year IDW2023 will take place from February 5 to 11. 

Cooperation Canada will host and participate in a range of special events to celebrate the excellence and impact of Canadian international assistance and to call on the Government of Canada to keep its promises to increase international aid. 

The world is facing multiple crises, and Canada is not immune from these global challenges. International assistance is a strategic investment at a time of global insecurity. On February 7, 2023, Cooperation Canada and its members will spend a day on Parliament Hill, speaking to parliamentarians about the strategic importance of international assistance and the difference it is making in the lives of millions of people worldwide. Please, note that this is a Cooperation Canada only-member activity. 

On February 9, 2023, from 4 to 5 pm ET, Cooperation Canada will recognize excellence in humanitarian aid and international development at the annual Cooperation Canada Awards ceremony by presenting the Innovation & Impact Awards, presented in collaboration with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Lewis Perinbam Award Trustees. The Minister of International Development, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, will give the keynote address at this ceremony. Register here and carve out an hour in your agenda to join us to celebrate our outstanding colleagues. 

Cooperation Canada is also co-hosting a Parliamentary reception on February 8, 2023, in partnership with ONE, Results, Canadian Partnership on Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) and the Canadian International Education Policy Working Group (CIEPWG) Please, note that this is a Cooperation Canada only-member activity. 

Cooperation Canada will also co-organize with the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) on February 9 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am EST, a conversation on advancing in uncertainty in human development. In the context of the recent publication of the 2021-2022 UNDP Human Development Report, policymakers and senior leaders in international development will discuss uncertainty and the responsibilities we all have in advancing human development. You can attend in person at the Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat (199 Sussex Drive, Ottawa) or online via Zoom. Please, indicate your attendance preference when you register. 

During IDW, a lot is going on, and we want to provide you with a list of events led by our programs and members to help you engage, advocate, and celebrate. 


Happy International Development Week 2023!