2016 Conference - Concept Note

 
"International Development: A New Era"
 
Canadian Association of International Development Professionals (CAIDP)
2016 Annual Conference – Concept Note
 
Building on the success of the 2014 conference (see the 2015 Conference Report here), CAIDP has started to plan next year’s event. We are collaborating with CCIC once again, but following member feed back CAIDP and CCIC will be holding back-to-back events on the week of May 9 to allow more time for members to network.
 
The 2016 CAIDP conference "International Development: A new era" will be held in Ottawa, May 9-10, 2016, followed by the CCIC Conference. So mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information! We will keep you informed as the program is developed and you will be able to access it, along with session notes and biographies of the keynote speakers and session participants on this web site.
 
As discussed last year, 2015 was a busy year: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for transforming our world by 2030 were adopted in September, global leaders met in July to discuss where the money to finance this ambitious development agenda would come from, Canada elected a new government in October, and the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in December is showing promise. At the same time, instability, low economic growth, natural disasters, and conflict have led to the greatest refugee flows since the 2nd World War and profound humanitarian crises.
 
Is a new era dawning? Do we have the skills and tools to meet the emerging challenges? Our conference will address the changes in the global context and the implications for international development practice and for Canadian development professionals more specifically. The conference is to offer Canadian development professionals the practical information, advice and connections they need to succeed in these changing times.
 
In anticipation we’d like to share some background information to help you prepare.