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ACIC IYIP Internship Applications Are Now Open!

ACIC works with its Canadian member organizations and their international partners to offer interns valuable experience both overseas as well as in Canada. Interns will work in the areas of securing the future of children and youth, stimulating sustainable economic growth, and increasing food security. Through this experience, interns develop skills and experience that will assist them in securing employment as well as enabling them to make connections and develop relationships with many Canadian development practitioners.

Internships are eight months in duration, with six months spent in host partner organization countries: Bhutan, Bolivia, Ghana, Gambia, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, South Africa and Uganda. Interns also work in Canada for up to two months with an ACIC member organization both prior to their departure overseas and upon their return.

See the full list of available positions, eligibility requirements, timeline, and application form Deadline for applications: 5PM AST, June 5th 2016. 



The Department of International Development Studies and

Centre for Foreign Policy Studies present:

Trends in Official Development Assistance: Financing the 2015 Sustainable Development Goals

Brian Tomlinson
Executive Director Aidwatch, Adjunct Professor in IDS and Research Fellow at the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University

Thursday, March 26 (12:35 – 1:55)
Room 4116 Dentistry Building
Dalhousie University

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly will adopt a set of universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are intended to achieve substantial progress for sustainable development over the next 15 years to 2015.  Prior to this critical moment for the global community, the UN is organizing a third "financing for development" summit in Addis Ababa in July, just prior to the UN Special General Assembly.  Brian Tomlinson, editor of the 2014 Reality of Aid Report on the theme of Rethinking Partnerships in a Post-2015 World  will speak about the context and challenges facing development finance going forward from 2015.  The UN Secretary General is calling for a commitment to end extreme poverty by 2030.  But what role should aid play in this ambitious agenda to tackle  poverty and support the SDGs?  What will be the impact on poverty if aid is replaced by the allocation of domestic resources in developing countries, by loans and private sector investment, and other forms of philanthropic finance?

Brian Tomlinson is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of International Development Studies and a Research Fellow with the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University.  He retired in June 2011 as Senior Policy Analyst (Aid Policy) at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), the platform for Canadian NGOs in development cooperation. He is now Executive Director of AidWatch Canada, a small NGO monitoring Canadian and global aid trends. 


The next lecture in the Indigenous Speakers Series will be Thursday, January 22nd, 7-9 pm, at Halifax Central Library, 5440 Spring Garden Road.  

This event will focus on Indigenous Perspectives on Law and Rights and will feature three speakers:

  • Karen Drake, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, Lakehead University -- "Metis Rights in Canada: What's New and What's Next"
  • Naoimi Metallic, Lawyer and member of the Board of Governors, Dalhousie University, Halifax -- "How Canada Violates the Rule of Law on First Nations Reserves"
  • Sherry Pictou, PhD Candidate, Dalhousie University -- "Indigenous Struggle Against Neo-Liberal Interpretations of Aboriginal and Treaty Rights"

All are welcome to this free public event.



Halifax and the World (INTD / CANA 1102) - Public Engagement Project People's Choice Award Winners

Photo: Julia Baydar, Holly Davy, Ursula Calder: "To me, being Canadian means..."

On December 2nd, the "Halifax and the World" class (INTD / CANA 1102) held its First Annual Festival of Public Engagement to celebrate student projects to engage the general public in thinking about course themes, including historical memory in Halifax, Aboriginal-Settler reconciliation, and public space. The following projects were voted by students in the class for the "People's Choice Awards." Winners receive 5 free Samosas on Samosa Tuesdays - from the IDS Dept. and IDS Student Society (IDEAS).

1. Amy Parker and Timothy Mollow: "Rap for reconciliation"

2. Jess Healy and Philip Clegg: "Engaging Halifax with historical memory"

3. Julia Baydar, Holly Davy, Ursula Calder: "Canadian Identities"

4. Annika Bunkis-Helmkay and Natalie Forsyth: "Historical Memory in Halifax"

5. Keira Purchas: "Drink for thought with your morning coffee"
Project description: Last year Starbucks and Oprah launched a campaign with quotes on coffee sleeves to brighten people's day. I adapted this idea by making custom coffee sleeves with facts about Mi'kmaq history and culture. Ten different facts were used on 40 sleeves and put in one Starbucks and one Tim Horton's on Spring Garden.


Do hashtags help? How to tell your development story
A professional development workshop on Public Engagement

October 31 (9:00-4:00pm)
Great Hall, 3rd Floor University Club

Do you care about global development? Want others people to care too?
Public Engagement is the work of getting members of the general public interested in global development issues and is a crucial part of international cooperation work.
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to current strategies of public engagement for global development issues and key principles for the design of public engagement initiatives that are ethical and effective.

Participants will:

  • learn about contemporary strategies of public engagement for global development
  • develop tools for analysing public engagement strategies
  • learn to develop public engagement strategies

This workshop is open to university students and members of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation.
It will be facilitated by Janelle Frail and Stephanie McAnany (ACIC), John Cameron (IDS-Dalhousie) and Sean Kelly (Skism Communications).

The workshop includes coffee/tea, snacks and lunch.

The cost is free for students who are members of the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) - $20 for a one year student membership.
Subsidies are available - contact

Registration (deadline October 22)
Spaces are limited so register soon. Complete the registration form and send to


A huge congratulations to child rights champion Sara Austin (BA IDS '98)! She is one of Canada's Top 25 Women of Influence for 2013/14. One winner will appear on the cover of a special issue of Women of Influence Magazine. You can visit the contest page by Sept. 15 to cast your vote. Read more about Sara on the alumni website.

Vote for Sara to be this year's top Women of Influence in the NGO sector here.


IDS Professor Matthew Schnurr receives the Julian M. Szeicz Award for Early Career Achievement from the Canadian Association of Geographers

IDS Professor Matthew Schnurr was the 2014 recipient of the Julian M. Szeicz Award for Early Career Achievement from the Canadian Association of Geographers in recognition of his innovative contributions to the fields of Geography and International Development Studies and the intersection between the two. The award is presented annually by the Canadian Association of Geographers in recognition of research achievement and career potential by a Canadian geographer at an early career stage. (

Dr. Schnurr’s research with Ugandan farmers on food security was recently featured in Scientific American:


IDS Grad Alex McPhedran (BA Hons 2012) made a statement to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on behalf of UNICEF on June 20.

Alex is currently completing her Masters degree on celebrity humanitarianism through the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Global Studies and is working at UNICEF on an internship.

Click here to see Alex's statement.


Brian Tomlinson
Executive Director, AidWatch Canada

The IDS Department at Dalhousie is pleased to announce a new Adjunct Professor: Brian Tomlinson, Executive Director of AidWatch Canada. Brian Tomlinson has a long career with Canadian development organizations, including OXFAM and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. As Adjunct Professor in IDS he will supervise honours and masters students interested in research on aid delivery and the role of civil society organizations in development.

Brian Tomlinson is currently Executive Director of AidWatch Canada, which focuses on issues related to Canadian aid priorities, CSO development effectiveness and global aid trends.  Brian retired in June 2011 as Senior Policy Analyst (Aid Policy) at the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC).  He is widely published on Canadian international cooperation, with particular emphasis on policy issues related to international assistance, including the implementation of the ODA Accountability Act with respect to human rights and development, and on civil society organizations as development actors.

He has undertaken a number of focused research briefing papers on Canadian ODA trends.  A research paper on the allocation of Canada’s Fast Start Finance for climate change adaptation and mitigation, undertaken with the Canadian CSO working group, C4D, has been published by C4D in October 2013.

Brian was active in civil society preparation for the Busan High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in 2011.  He currently is the CSO co-chair for the multi-stakeholder Task Team on CSO Development Effectiveness and the Enabling Environment, representing the global CSO Platform on Development Effectiveness (CPDE).  He works closely with the donor co-chair from the Government of the Netherlands and with the co-chair from the Office of the President, Government of Mali.  The Task Team focuses particularly on monitoring global issues in the CSO enabling environment.

In 2013, Brian worked as a consultant with CIVICUS as editor for their 2013 State of Civil Society Report on enabling conditions for CSOs.  He has recently published an e-book with UNDP China highlighting experiences of donors in their relationships with CSOs in aid delivery drawing lessons for southern aid providers.  The e-book will be published and launched at the end of September.  He is working with the CSO Working Group on CSO Enabling Environment drawing together evidence of trends in enabling environment issues as a CSO contribution to the OECD monitoring of progress in relation to the outcome of the Busan High Level Forum.  This evidence will be presented to a Ministerial High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation to be held in Mexico in April 2014.  In 2014 he will be editing the 2014 edition of the global Reality of Aid Report on the theme of partnerships and will be contributing a chapter on global financing trends in development cooperation for this volume.


Ontario Council for Interantional Cooperation (OCIC) Symposium 2014: "21st Century Partnerships: Possibilities, Pitfalls & Principles"

June 19, 2014

Toronto, ON

The OCIC’s 2014 symposium will focus on the possibilities and challenges involved in creating and maintaining partnerships among development organizations. John Cameron will be speaking on the panel “Redefining Successful Research and Evaluation Partnerships between Academics and CSOs: What and Where is the Golden Rule?”

For more information, please contact: