Each year, as part of International Development Week (IDW), Canadians are invited to participate in activities and celebrate their contribution to eradicating poverty and building a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world. This year, IDW2024 will take place from February 4 to 10. Cooperation Canada will host and participate in a series of special events, share new resources and celebrate the excellence and impact of Canadian international cooperation around the world.

Hill Day 

At a time when we are facing multiple global crises and Canada is more than ever confronted with global insecurity, international assistance is a strategic and impactful investment in a fairer, safer and more sustainable world. That’s why, on February 6, Cooperation Canada and its members will spend a day on Parliament Hill, talking with parliamentariansabout the life-changing, life saving and strategic impact of Canadian aid. Cooperation Canada’s Hill Day is a members-only event. A Parliamentary Reception in partnership with Bigger than our Borders, CanWaCH, ONE and Results will follow. 

Film Screening 

Join the ARC Hub, a program hosted by Cooperation Canada and funded by Global Affairs Canada, on February 5th, 2024, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET for a screening of “Zo Reken”, a film exploring humanitarian aid in Haiti, neocolonialism, and the unmet promises of international cooperation. The screening will be followed by an insightful Q&A session, exploring the intersections between International Development Week (IDW) and anti-racism efforts within the sector, especially during Black History Month. Register here. 

Awards Ceremony 

On February 7, 2024, from 4 to 5 pm ET, Cooperation Canada will recognize excellence in international cooperation at the annual Cooperation Canada Awards. At the ceremony, we will present the Karen Takacs Award, and the Innovation & Impact Awards, in collaboration with World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the Lewis Perinbam Award Trustees. Join us and celebrate our esteemed colleagues in the international cooperation sector.


Appearance before the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade

On February 9, our CEO, Kate Higgins, and Policy Lead, Carelle Mang-Benza, will appear before the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade to discuss our perspectives on Canada’s engagement and interests in Africa.


There’s a lot going on during IDW2024, and we’d like to provide you with a list of events organized by our programs and members to help you get involved, advocate and celebrate. Visit our Events Calendar to learn more. See you soon for IDW!