What is IDW?


This year marks the 30th anniversary of Canada’s International Development Week (IDW). It is an annual occasion to celebrate the impact and successes of organizations and individuals working to help people and communities in developing countries, where poverty, conflict or natural disasters make for precarious living conditions. 

For 2020, the theme for IDW is “Go for the Goals.” In 2015, Canada committed to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and collaboration toward a better world for all. The 2030 Agenda, with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), is a global action plan to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030.  



What Is CCIC Doing for IDW?


During IDW, we will lead efforts to raise awareness of how and where Canada’s development and humanitarian aid is helping vulnerable communities and saving lives. Follow our social media platforms to get all the news and engage with fellow Canadians. 

Our members will also organize a myriad of events and activities to showcase the amazing work they do around the world. Check here for the latest updates. 

On February 6, we will coordinate our second Hill Day, where members will go to Ottawa to meet with Members of Parliament from all parties to discuss the challenges, achievements, and aspirations of Canada’s international development community. 

In the evening, we are partnering with CanWaCH to host a reception in Ottawa for CCIC members and the public. That is when we will present the inaugural Impact and innovation Award to an individual and an organization for their respective contributions to our sector. We look forward to highlighting the remarkable accomplishments of these two leaders. The awards were created in collaboration with World University Services Canada (WUSC) and the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award. 

International Development Week is a unique opportunity for CCIC, its 80+ members, and their supporters to focus on our shared, steadfast mission to Leave No One Behind!