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 organizational development.
As a part of their mandate, the OCIC holds the Global Citizens Forum every year. This year the focus of the forum was the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Forum held in Toronto brought academics, implementers, donors and students alike to link research and implementation. The Forum was set into various sessions discussing topics such as food security, diaspora and gender issues. One of the sessions called “Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals in Thought and Practice” moderated by MDP’s very own Professor Swatuk, Professor Nayak and Professor Frayne.
My classmates Roweida Arafah, Mridula Nair and I were lucky enough to present our poster at the Forum. Our poster looked at how to tackle water sanitation and hygiene issues (WASH) in Tanzania with a focus on problems that women face and how these gender-specific problems tackled with the assistance of various stakeholders. Representing the UWaterloo MDP program we did a terrific job at showing implementors, student and academics the knowledge that we generate here in our program.
Muniyat is a student in the 5th Cohort of the Master’s of Development Practice Program. Her research interests are gender and sustainable development.