DEVELOPMENT IN MOTION

YOUTH ON THE MOVE

MONEY ON THE MOVE

IDEAS ON THE MOVE

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The 2019 International Forum will explore how the movement of youth, money and ideas are shaping our world.

Progress in transportation, communications, and technology have contributed to a dramatic increase in the flows of goods, capital, people, and ideas across the globe, while lowering the cost of mobility. However, not everyone has equal access to the benefits of these movements, particularly women and refugees.

Our increasingly globalized world has opened up new horizons for youth, researchers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, and investors. The 2019 Forum will explore how the movements of youth, money, and ideas are shaping our world.

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Youth on the Move

More than half of the world’s refugees are under the age of 18. Resilient and determined, these youth enrich the communities that welcome them. The 2019 International Forum will explore how humanitarian and development agencies can ensure displaced youth continue to receive support while on the move. There will be a special focus on the role of education as the most portable asset refugee youth can have to prepare themselves for the path ahead, regardless of their durable solution.

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Money on the Move

In the face of a $2.5 trillion funding gap to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, the global community must act now to develop new partnerships that will help solve the world’s most difficult challenges. Potential for collaboration within the private sector is increasing, as these actors join in the search for better social outcomes, in addition to financial gains. The 2019 International Forum will explore how this new flow of private capital can contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. Discussions will focus on the role of development actors in channeling this capital toward the most marginalized.

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Ideas on the Move

International exchanges are catalysts for greater economic growth and a more equal world. Whether online or in-person, people from around the world are seizing opportunities to share their perspectives, skills, and expertise. The 2019 International Forum will explore how cross-cultural exchanges, including international volunteer cooperation, are fostering greater global understanding, strengthening more inclusive leadership, and driving innovation around the world.

Thursday, January 24

16:00 - 18:00 Evening Registration

Avoid the rush on Friday morning by registering when you arrive at the Delta. The Forum registration booth will be open in the hotel foyer from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Lobby

17:00 - 19:00 #OneWorldInAction Networking Evening

Meet and exchange with returned volunteers, members of WUSC Local Committees, International Forum participants, and Uniterra program recruiters. Learn about the experience of volunteering and how your actions can contribute to a more inclusive, equitable and sustainable world. Let yourself be inspired by the #OneWorldinAction photo exhibition presented for the first time during the event and discover the winners of the contest.

FREE ADMISSION - Click here to confirm your attendance to the #OneWorldinAction networking evening.

This event is organized with the support of the government of Canada through the Uniterra program, led by WUSC and CECI.

Panorama

Friday, January 25

07:30 - 09:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast

Registration: Lobby | Breakfast: Foyer

09:00 - 09:30 Opening Remarks

Chris Eaton, Executive Director, WUSC & Claudia Black, Executive Director, CECI

Simultaneous interpretation is available.

Ballrooms B & C 

09:30 - 10:45 Morning Plenary

Moving the Needle on Gender Equality: Young Women’s Leadership for a more Equitable and Inclusive World

Simultaneous interpretation is available.

Ballrooms B & C

10:45 - 11:15 Connections Zone

The Connections Zone is your space to relax, recharge, and get to know fellow Forum participants. This room will be open throughout the day and will feature social spaces, fun activities, exhibition tables, and, most importantly, refreshments!

Ballroom A

11:15 - 12:25 Breakout Sessions

Session: Youth on the Move

Crowdsourcing solutions: Youth Migration, Disaster and Employment in Nepal

Surya Laxmi, Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist, CECI Nepal & Coline Camier, Program Officer for Humanitarian Aid, CECI

In Nepal, an increasing number of job seekers have chosen to look outside their communities for new economic opportunities. This pattern of economic migration has a unique impact on the country’s disaster preparedness and disaster response, as was most recently seen following the devastating 2015 earthquake. Continuing their long history of disaster response programming in Nepal, CECI launched a new livelihoods project, “Punarnirman”, in 2016. Drawing from this experience, participants of this session will be invited to design interventions that address the needs of youth, women, and other marginalized groups affected by disaster and migration in Nepal. After learning about the context and issues, participants will break into groups to collaborate on designing innovative approaches to supporting the needs of migration-affected individuals in post-disaster contexts. This crowd-sourcing of disaster responses could very well lead to a new project approach in the future!

Simultaneous interpretation is available.

Ballrooms B & C

Session: Money on the Move

Financing inclusive education in conflict-affected settings

Gemma Robson, Associate, Charlie Goldsmith and Associates & Michael Tiondi, South Sudan Tech Lead, Charlie Goldsmith and Associates 

In times of conflict and crises, many individuals are unable to access critical financial services that would enable them to afford their basic needs. As a result, funding for education becomes even more challenging. This session will share lessons learned for the financial inclusion of students, particularly young girls, and their families in both Kenya and South Sudan. In South Sudan, the Girls’ Education South Sudan (GESS) project has made over 500,000 transfers to more than 284,000 individual girls studying at the primary and secondary school level over four years. This is despite a deteriorating security and economic context across the country. In Kenya, the Kenya Equity in Education Project (KEEP II) takes this approach to promoting equitable access to education through monthly cash transfers and applies it to refugee and host community contexts. We will focus on the value of this approach in supporting learners affected by conflict, regardless of where they are.

Simultaneous interpretation is available.

Joliet + Frontenac

Session: Ideas on the Move

Digital Connections for Development: Fostering education and exchange through innovative technologies

Matt Capobianco, Director of Business Development, The Rumie Initiative, Minji Hong, Program Officer, NaTakallam

Richelieu

12:25 - 13:30 Lunch

Foyer

13:30 - 14:40 Interactive Sessions

Session: Youth on the Move

Forced Migration Simulation: Transforming thinking through participatory education

Angie Nor Addin, Brandy Robertson, Parker Easter & Ahmad Al Masri 

Although the majority of Canadians report positive attitudes toward refugee resettlement, misinformation on global displacement and refugee experiences abound. The Canadian Foodgrains Bank has developed a creative simulation-based learning experience to transform thinking on issues surrounding conflict, migration, and refugees through the use of participatory education. Pervasive myths related to refugees and forced migrants are addressed and corrected throughout the simulation. Led by the Brandon University WUSC Local Committee and Westman Immigrant Services, participants of this workshop will be led through a shortened version of the simulation, to explore how it can be used in public awareness efforts.

Chaudiere

Session: Youth on the Move

Mapping mobility in Canada: Critical reflections on migration and decolonization

Gilbert Niyoyita, Student, University of Regina & Simone Hengen, ESL Instructor, University of Regina

In the 21st Century, we have seen tremendous global increases in mass migration with youth accounting for more than half of the world’s refugees. This workshop will open up space to better understand the Canadian context of settlement and migration and equip participants with tools to advocate for social change and mobilize their communities around these issues. Facilitators will utilize dynamic tools and dialogue to explore these topics and draw insights to Indigenous rights and reconciliation and gender equality.

Frontenac

Session: Ideas on the Move

Digital Connections in Fragile Settings: Fostering inclusive civic discourse among youth

Michele Ernsting, Head of Programs, RNW Media & Luke Gilder, Engagement Strategist, RNW Media

Space for civil society is shrinking in many parts of the world. In restrictive settings where freedom of expression is limited, young people lack access to reliable, pluralistic information. They also lack opportunities to participate in public debate. As a result, young people are divided and disempowered to challenge restrictive norms, make informed decisions, and influence formal and informal decision-making. While digital and emerging technologies allow young people to come together in a safe environment to freely to voice their opinions, they also create barriers to participation, spread prejudice and misinformation, incite hate and make it easier to manipulate people and polarize communities. Drawing on the experience of RNW Media, this session will explore both how to build large engaged online communities of young people in fragile or restrictive settings, as well as unpack different techniques of online moderation and measuring effectiveness.

Simultaneous interpretation is available.

Joliet 

Session: Ideas on the Move

Ethical Considerations in Media for Development: Film screening and discussion

Heather Dirckze, Filmmaker & Christina Clark-Kazak, Associate Professor, Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa & Robbie Ishimwe, Regional Liaison Officer, WUSC

With globalization and improved access to technology around the world, media and the digital space have become increasingly important tools within development. Communication for development is a growing field, one which facilitates the sharing of ideas and experiences and is widely available to different types of audiences. However, development practitioners must be critical of how these techniques are used, and put ethical considerations at the forefront when using media for development. Following the premiere of “The Chosen Ones,” a mini-documentary that follows five young refugees and their journey to Canada through the Student Refugee Program, this session will explore the ethical considerations that are necessary when using media for development. Using the film as a case study, the session will discuss a new framework that is needed for media practitioners working with vulnerable populations with a particular focus on ethics in film and photography.

Richelieu

Session: Ideas on the Move

From Volunteer to Career: Building passion and expertise in development cooperation

Gavin Charles, Policy Officer, CCIC & members of the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN)

For many Canadians, volunteering is a first step in their early career in global development. Hear the first-hand experiences of young Canadians from the Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), who have built on their volunteer experiences to launch a career in development cooperation, whether in Canada or internationally, and across a wide range of organizations and sectors. Challenge misconceptions about development volunteering, and explore some common principles amongst volunteer programs that aim to produce a lifelong commitment to sustainable positive change.

Ballrooms B & C

14:40 – 15:10 Connections Zone

The Connections Zone is your space to relax, recharge, and get to know fellow Forum participants. This room will be open throughout the day and will feature social spaces, fun activities, exhibition tables, and, most importantly, refreshments!

Ballroom A

15:10 – 16:20 Breakout Sessions

Session: Youth on the Move

Improving Integration Policy: Reflecting on the Romanian Roma experience

Cosmina-Silvia Nistor, Student, York University

*People’s Choice Session*

As the global displacement crisis deepens, Canada has demonstrated outstanding leadership on the international scene. Through its private sponsorship of refugees program, Canada has developed many unique models for resettlement and the long-term integration of refugees that enable customized support for individuals from a variety of backgrounds. This intersectional approach to integration is particularly important for the recent influx of Romanian Roma seeking refuge in Canada, for whom it is essential to provide integration that responds to the generational trauma and ongoing discrimination faced by this marginalized population. In Romania, the European Union has invested in addressing the social, economic and political marginalization of Roma through inclusive policies, mainly focused on education. This session will explore lessons learned from these initiatives to help inform Canada's approach to hosting Roma asylum-seekers and offer further guidance on how Canada and Canadians can continue to build upon its inclusive integration policy and practice.

Simultaneous interpretation is available.

Joliet + Frontenac

Session: Money on the Move

Investing in Women’s Potential: Channeling private capital for a global impact on gender equality

Kristen Yee, Senior Program Manager at the Criterion Institute, Devon Krainer, Project Manager at MEDA, Erin MacLeod, Researcher, Teacher, Writer & Consultant

Innovative finance has been identified as one of the major means to bridge the estimated five trillion dollar funding gap needed to attain the Sustainable Development Goals. Yet, much of finance today is driven by a male perspective, with very few women included at the decision making table. Gender lens investing is an emerging sector which seeks to include the input, perspectives and needs of women to bear in financial flows. Three dynamic speakers will explore this new field of Gender Lens Investing and what it means for their respective organizations, working domestically and internationally as well as the opportunity for international development to get involved.

Richelieu

Session: Ideas on the Move

Stories from afar: International development in the media

Adrienne Arsenault, Senior Correspondent, CBC's the National, Omar Dabaghi-Pacheco, Journalist, CBC Ottawa, & Christine Crowther, Professor, Carleton University

*People’s Choice Session*

The stories we tell matter. In today’s world, we are constantly talking about these stories - how they are told, how accurate they are, who is telling them and why. The media we watch, or read, or listen to, controls the narrative about what we think and believe about the world. This session will sit down with working journalists with international experience and compare how development issues are covered on the ground with how they are shaped for international audiences. Hear from journalists about what they do to prep an international story for a Canadian audience, but also hear how working journalists in Africa shape a similar story within their own countries. Find out if, and how, the story changes from one place to another, and how the narratives we tell in Canada affect the countries in which we work.

Simultaneous interpretation is available.

Ballrooms B & C

16:20 - 17:00 Closing Plenary

Simultaneous interpretation is available. / Un service de traduction simultanée sera offert.

Ballrooms B & C

17:00 – 18:00 Cocktail Hour

Connections Zone

Penthouse + Foyer

18:00 - 22:00 Evening Celebration

Penthouse

Saturday, January 26

08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast

Ballroom A

09:00 – 11:00 WUSC Local Committee Training

Public Engagement: Overcoming challenges and identifying opportunities

Participants will have the chance to take a step back and think about the “big picture” when it comes to public engagement on their campus and in their community. By identifying challenges and exchanging best practices, participants will walk away with concrete solutions. Panelists will include Mike Simpson (Executive Director of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation) and Keana Rellinger (Public Engagement Specialist from the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation).

Simultaneous interpretation is available.

Ballrooms B & C

09:00 - 11:00 Institutional Members' Sessions

9:00 - 10:00

Making space for Individual Social Responsibility: When ISR meets CSR in the workplace

CECI Paula Speevak, CEO, Volunteer Canada

Richelieu

 

10:00 - 11:00

Knowledge Co-creation: Practices and approaches in research partnerships

Nasya Razavi, Program coordinator for Next Generation: Collaboration for Development; Elena Toukan, PhD Candidate

Richelieu

 

11:00 – 11:30 Break

Ballroom A

11:30 – 12:30 WUSC Local Committee Training

Building Your Best Local Committee

This discussion-based session will allow members of WUSC’s student groups to gather by region to learn and exchange best practices on WUSC Local Committee management (recruitment of members, ensuring sustainability of the group, etc).

Breakout Rooms per Region:

Ontario: Ballroom B + C
Western Canada & the Prairies: Joliet + Frontenac
Quebec & Atlantic: Richelieu

These are bilingual sessions.

Providing support to WUSC Local Committees in a staff or faculty role

This discussion-based session led by and for staff and faculty members that oversee WUSC Local Committees  will create a space for participants to connect and share best practices.

Chaudiere

This is a bilingual session.

12:30 – 13:15 Lunch

Ballroom A

13:15 – 15:00 WUSC Annual General Assembly

Simultaneous interpretation is available.

Ballrooms B & C

15:00 - 15:15 Break

Ballroom A

15:30 - 17:00 WUSC Local Committee Training

Supporting refugee students’ integration in a cross-cultural environment

This panel will highlight the two main components of the Student Refugee Program (education and resettlement) and how they contribute to students’ mental wellbeing. Panelists will include former SRP beneficiaries and WUSC Local Committee experts who will explore the challenges students face when pursuing their education and integrating into their new communities. They will also provide advice and tools to participants on how they can best support students through their integration journey.  

English with simultaneous translation

Ballrooms B & C

Sunday, January 27

08:00 - 08:45 Breakfast

Ballroom A

09:00 - 10:30 World Café

In this unique session, WUSC members from across the country will share their skills and innovative ideas in group discussions as part of a WUSC World Café. Participants will choose from several topics related to newcomer integration, organizing events, engaging with media, overseas opportunities,  public engagement, and more.

This is a bilingual session.

Ballrooms B & C

10:30 - 10:45 Break

Ballroom A

10:45 - 12:00 World Café

In this unique session, WUSC members from across the country will share their skills and innovative ideas in group discussions as part of a WUSC World Café. Participants will choose from several topics related to newcomer integration, organizing events, engaging with media, overseas opportunities public engagement, and more.

This is a bilingual session.

Ballrooms B & C