January 23, 2019: G20 Development Working Group official side event on Agenda 2030

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Republic of Argentina will jointly convene a G20 Development Working Group official side event on 'Effective Triangular Cooperation for Achieving the 2030 Agenda.'

The focus of the event will be how South-South and triangular cooperation could be transformed into collective and concrete actions by multi-sectoral stakeholders taking part in the G20 Summit in Osaka and other relevant international conferences.

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Press release - MOFA

Global Japan

January 24, 2019: University of British Columbia and British Columbia Children’s Hospital to host global health conference

The University of British Columbia’s School of Population and Public Health and the British Columbia Children’s Hospital’s Centre for Child Health are hosting a global health conference. The conference will examine how universities can be leaders in addressing challenges in global-health equity. The themes of the conference are 'The Role of Institutions in Global Health' and 'Implementing Innovation in Global Health'. The conference allows for the coming together of experts from various disciplines with panelists from the UBC community. The executive director of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Dr. Keith Martine, will be the keynote speaker.

Location: Vancouver, Canada 

Event website- Eventbrite

Canada Global health

January 24, 2019: Norwegian Research Council hosts event on cooperation with NGOs

The Norwegian Research Council, Frivillighet Norge, the Norwegian cooperation forum for NGOs, and Linnaeus University (LNU) are hosting a full-day seminar on how research organisations, researchers, and NGOs can work more closely together. The seminar will specifically address how to influence and mobilize resources. Speakers include John-Arne Røtting, Secretary-General of the Norwegian Research Council, Stian Lotterøy from Frivillighet Norge, and Andreas Borud from LNU. 

Location: Oslo, Norway

Event website - Norwegian Research Council (in Norwegian)

January 25-27, 2019: World University Service of Canada hosts conference on global development

The World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and the International Centre for Studies and Cooperation (CECI) host 'The International Forum', a global development conference. The forum is an annual gathering to share ideas and best practices related to global development.

This year’s conference will focus on how the movement of youth, money, and ideas are shaping the world. Attendees will include government delegates, members of international cooperation organizations, civil society actors, representatives from the private sector, youth, researchers and development specialists. 

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Event website - International Forum


January 25-27, 2019: WUSC and CECI host international forum on global development

The World University Service (WUSC) and the Centre for International Studies and Cooperation (CECI) will host an international forum in global development in Ottawa. With the theme 'Development in Motion', this conference will focus on youth, money, and ideas “on the move” in global development. Attendees will have the chance to connect with a wide range of actors from civil society, government, and research institutes and to discuss pressing issues in global development.

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Event website - International Forum


January 25, 2019: UNDP AFRI-CONVERSE conference focuses on developing human resources in Africa

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) is convening its seventh AFRI-CONVERSE conference, which focuses on developing human resources in a "youthful Africa" through different initiatives including the African Business Education (ABE) initiative and capacity building projects for local universities. Speakers include Tadashi Yokoyama, head of Asia External Representation at the African Development Bank.

The AFRI-CONVERSE series was launched by UNDP so that participants and stakeholders interested in Africa can exchange views on topics including TICAD VII, to be held Yokohama from August 28-30, 2019.

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Event registration - AFRI-CONVERSE


January 31, 2019: JICA Research Institute launches 'knowledge forum' with session on Chinese development assistance

The Japan International Cooperation Agency Research Institute (JICA RI) is launching a 'Knowledge Forum' to galvanize the discussion on how to support developing countries, by sharing the practical and academic experience with multi-sectoral actors. In the forum's first session, visiting researcher Naohiro Kitano, who also works for Waseda University as a professor, gives a lecture on the latest developments of China's foreign assistance.

Location: Tokyo, Japan

Event website - JICA RI (in Japanese)


February 8-9, 2019: University of Ottawa hosts International Development Week Conference

The annual International Development Week Conference, hosted by the University of Ottawa, brings together students, faculty, and development practitioners to share new knowledge and ideas on international development. The conference consists of roundtables and workshops facilitated by leading professionals in the field. The conference intends to promote the understanding of complex development issues while empowering participants to put their ideas into practice.

This year’s theme is 'Breaking Down Barriers: Mobilizing Locally for a Global Impact.' It will allow for the exploration of individual, local, and national barriers to international development and examine the role of various stakeholders in overcoming these barriers.

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Event website - Eventbrite


February 12-15, 2019: Australian Agriculture and Resource Economics Society annual conference

The Australian Agriculture and Resource Economics Society Annual Conference (AARES) 2019 Annual Conference will focus on agricultural, food, environmental, and resource economics. Speakers include Professor Anna Albernini from the University of Maryland who will discuss energy demand and Dr Shenggen Fan from the International Food Policy Research Institute who will speak about cutting global food waste.

Location: Melbourne, Australia 

Conference Website - AARES

Australia Agriculture Nutrition

February 12, 2019: Canadian Charity Law Association hosting webinar on limiting exposure to costs of currency exchange for international development work

Marc Racette, a senior corporate trader, is leading a webinar on currency exchange cost cutting for non-profits and charities who conduct work abroad. This webinar will educate organizations on how to navigate the financial risks of changing markets and currency exchange rate fluctuations. It will provide participants with strategies on how to reduce the costs of working in international development. Topics include: how to reduce market risks, how to negotiate better rates, how to stay ahead of compliance regulations for money transfer, how to work with informal banking systems, and what financial products are available in the money transfer realm.

Location: Online

Event RegistrationThe Canadian Charity Law Association