On February 17-19, 2016 several IDS Co-op students travelled to Ottawa to interact with various actors in the International Development field based in Ottawa. Programming for this event included a networking breakfast hosted by UTSC and the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), a workshop and case study hosted by AKFC, a development panel discussion with several development professionals on the Sustainable Development goals, and an information session with Alumni from the IDS Co-op program who are now involved with Global Affairs Canada. This event was a great opportunity for IDS students to further develop their understanding of the opportunities within the development field and enabled them to network with development professionals based in Ottawa. To read some personal reflections by two IDS Co-op students of their experiences on the Ottawa trip, see the links below.
It is funny to sit here on the bus ride back and ask myself what I learned. Among all of the lofty questions, lengthy debates, and impassioned discussions it is not a simple task to write out in clear words how my ideas about development have changed.
The world is a big place.