MPPGA Student Nicole So Receives Funding to Host IDW Conference on Gender & Development

International Development Week Conference on Gender & Development


MPPGA student Nicole So is honoured to receive funding from The Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID) and the Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge’s Global Fund to host the International Development Week Conference on Gender & Development at the University of British Columbia (UBC). The conference will be hosted on Saturday, February 10th, 2018 in the Henry Angus Building. Rumana Monzur will be the opening keynote speaker. Paulina Cameron will close the event.

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International Development Week (IDW) was established by the Government of Canada to inspire Canadians to address global, contemporary challenges. With the same purpose in mind, this annual conference is led by graduate and undergraduate students at UBC, in partnership with the BC Council for International Cooperation and UBC’s Vancouver School of Economics.

According to Nicole, the goal of the Gender & Development conference is to bring new awareness to issues of gender inequality and global poverty with a multidisciplinary perspective and create rich opportunities for international engagement and understanding. The conference will feature keynote presentations, workshops, panel discussion, and round table. The outcome of the conference will include creating action plans for participants to execute after the conference has concluded, and policy recommendations that will be sent to the Minister of International Development. This will bring positive change to both Canadian society and the world.

As the Director of Sponsorship for the conference, Nicole considered the CASID grant to be a great fit for the conference. Nicole states that “they are grateful and honoured” to be selected as one of the CASID Regional Events that they are sponsoring for 2018 (see here for a complete list).

The conference is also a recipient of the Simon K. Y. Lee Global Lounge’s Global Fund for $2,000.