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…

The New Star Wars: Space & Cyber Security

The development of technology and the advancements in warfare have shown throughout history that the nations who create the most efficient and deadliest weaponry are the most successful in battle. In the book “Ways of War”, it is stated that both the space and cyber domains have only come about within the last 50 years…

Second Year Reflections

It has been a little over two months since I returned home from my summer placement in Cameroon. Although in some ways my life has slipped back into normalcy, there are other aspects that have been changed. It’s amazing to look back at my life a mere three months ago – days filled with bucket…

Official MDP Waterloo Video

After many months of filming and preparation, the official Master of Development Practice video is here! Watch the video below to learn more about the program and gain new insights from current and former students. 

MDPer Vietnam Internship Video

MDP Cohort 4 Candidate Mary spent summer 2016 completing an internship with Mines Action Canada and Norwegian People’s Aid in Hanoi, Vietnam. Check out the fun video montage she created documenting the highlights of her experience! To learn more about her experience as an Intern check out her blog post.         Mary…

Day of the Girl-Child: Why is this day so important?

As a future development practitioner, I am often confronted with highly complex and difficult issues that sometimes seem hopeless to resolve. Self-reflection is a tool I use to revisit the choices I have made that have brought me to this place and remind myself of why it is so important to not only understand, but…