Policy options for Productive Use of Remittance in Nepal: Learning from Philippines

Article adapted from: Policy options for Productive Use of Remittance in Nepal: Learning from Philippines Migration and remittance are getting increasing attention globally because of its remarkable increase within 30 years in the wake continued to shrink in foreign aid and vulnerable Foreign Direct Investment (FDI). The inflow of remittance to the developing country has…

Building Relationships And Friendships With Refugee Claimants at MCRS

    Background This spring term is a very exciting term for me! The reason is that I get to spend it as a client support intern with the Mennonite Coalition for Refugee Support (MCRS) in Kitchener, Ontario. MCRS is a charitable organization that provides support to refugee claimants from A to Z. As such,…

Ghana: Started From the Bottom and Now We’re Here

I began my Uniterra placement with WUSC Ghana local offices in Accra, the capital city of Ghana. I stayed in the volunteer guesthouse where I was welcomed along with four other WUSC volunteers by our wonderful landlords, Jasper and Prof Kate. Along with my new friends, we travelled to Cape Coast where we visited the…

Learning from Fishing Villages

This summer I am working as a Project Officer intern at NIRMAN in Bhubaneswar, India. NIRMAN is a grassroots organization that works to promote equitable, just, resilient and a sustainable human-environment system. My tasks for the summer will include writing project proposals for livelihood generation for local fishing villages.             During my first week in…

Expectations Vs. Reality

First weeks in Yangon, Myanmar As Cuso International’s new Sustainable Tourism Development Advisor in Yangon, Myanmar, I am responsible for researching best practices to support the building of environmentally sustainable tourism businesses in Myanmar. In preparation for this internship, I kept in mind that I wanted to have the “tourist experience” in my free time…

No excuses when it comes to Sustainability

Conflicts around the world, especially in the Middle East, have hindered the ability of many people to develop economically and take sound actions to address environmental issues. However, in recent years, there have been many initiatives taken by NGOs and local communities that allow people who have suffered from conflict to develop in a more…

Reflections on Gender Mainstreaming in Development

As development practice practitioners, I think that it is extremely important to always reevaluate what we have learned in order to challenge certain traditional ways of thinking. I believe that many of us have refreshed our previous experiences these past two terms with the hopes that we can integrate our knowledge into our internships. For…

Pre-Departure prep – 2017

As we all finish the second semester of the program, we can finally focus on the preparation for the internships. Even though we had started looking for internships since January, and some students had even started looking in November, this is the first time we do not have to worry about schoolwork and internships! From…

Let’s Get Cracking!

I’d like to crack this shell of an idea that it is taboo when talking about the non-profit or social sector, to focus on business principles, numbers and growth. It was during my attendance at the Global conference on development that I began to identify perhaps a new trend happening between the for-profit and non-profit…

What do you know about Jamaica’s food system?

That’s probably the first thing I asked myself when I learned our cohort was going to have the opportunity to go see and understand better the food system in Jamaica. Reading articles and watching documentaries allowed me to have some insights into what to expect once we arrived, but now that the field trip is…

MDP at the OCIC Global Citizens Forum

The Ontario Council of International Cooperation (OCIC) is a community of Ontario-based international development and global education organisations and individual associate members working globally for social justice. OCIC’s mandate is to share resources between OCIC members by providing forums for networking, communications and collaborative reflection and action, and facilitating capacity building in public engagement and…

My Canadian Experience

To begin with, let me introduce myself. My name is Amgad Zaky, I’m originally from Upper Egypt (Southern Egypt) where I have spent the majority of my life. I finished most of my education in Egyptian schools, however, I completed my undergraduate university studies in Lebanon between 2008 and 2013. Upon the completion of my undergrad…