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Reimagining development at UTSC’s third annual IDC

If you’re passionate about international development, you won’t want to miss UTSC’s third International Development Conference February 8-9.

“We really hope to provide a powerful and inspiring forum for participants to critically think about development in new ways,” says Marc Lombardo, co-chair of the conference and a co-op student in International Development Studies.

The conference will serve as a forum for more than 150 participants – including eminent scholars and field experts - to engage in meaningful and critical discussions under the theme: Unmapped: Re-Imagining the Direction(s) of Development.

Panel discussions will include topics on corporate-Social responsibility and the NGO, religion and faith in development, telecommunications and the internet in the Global South, among others. There will also be workshops on skills for NGO management, media skills for advocacy, and gender-based violence and development.

The keynote speakers for the conference are Ilan Kapoor, professor of critical development studies at York University, whose topic will be "Post colonialism and Development," and Stephen Brown, professor of political science at the University of Ottawa. The topic of his keynote address is "Undermining Foreign Aid: The Extractive Sector and the Re-commercialization of Canadian Development Assistance."

The IDC 2014 is organized and run by students, with sponsorship from the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union, Hart House and many others.


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