Mission and Values
Our vision is a better world for all young people. It is a more inclusive, equitable, and sustainable world in which all young people, especially women and refugees, are empowered to secure a good quality of life for themselves, their families, and their communities.
We work with a diverse network of students, volunteers, institutions, governments, and businesses to improve education, economic, and empowerment opportunities for young people.
We take a people-centered approach to development. We respect the contributions and diversity of volunteers, staff, partners, and development agents. We prioritize our support to some of the most marginalized.
We inform, engage, convene, and mobilize diverse development actors. We facilitate collaboration for sustainable development. We strive to be a strong voice for youth on the global stage.
We use an evidence-based approach in our work. We develop initiatives that produce measurable and sustainable results. We promote local ownership among development agents to ensure long-term impact.
We acknowledge that our work is only one step in the development process. We improve opportunities for people and partners who become agents for change. They use the knowledge and skills they gain to support further local and global development.
We build accountability measures into all our initiatives and offer transparent reporting.
Board of Directors
Dr. Nicole Lacasse
Dr. J. Colin Dodds
Regional Member, Atlantic
Diana Torres Palacios
Regional Member, Québec
Regional Member, Ontario
Regional Member, Manitoba / Saskatchewan / Nunavut
Regional Member, Alberta / British Columbia / Yukon / Northwest Territories
Dr. David Barnard
Dr. Marie-Josée Hébert
Prof. Sonia Laszlo
Dr. Don Wright
Westcom Point – Block C, 7th floor, Mahiga Mairu Rd off Waiyaki Way, Westlands, PO Box 40521 – 00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Despite the challenges and new realities presented by the pandemic, 2020-2021 was full of achievements and reasons to hope. Our Annual Report provides a snapshot of some of the highlights of our work and the progress we have made towards achieving our vision of a better world for all young people, especially refugees and girls.
Networks and Councils
The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and institutions working in the Atlantic region, which are committed to achieving global sustainability in a peaceful and healthy environment, with social justice, human dignity, and participation for all.
Cooperation Canada brings together and advocates for Canada’s international development and humanitarian organizations by convening sector leaders, influencing policy and building capacity. Together, we work with partners both inside and outside Canada to build a world that’s fair, safe and sustainable for all.
The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed to the rights and protection of refugees and other vulnerable migrants in Canada and around the world and to the settlement of refugees and immigrants in Canada. The membership is made up of organizations involved in the settlement, sponsorship and protection of refugees and immigrants.
The Devonshire Initiative is a multi-stakeholder forum focused on improving development outcomes in the mining context. They provide support and resources to drive cross-sector collaboration. Members include mining companies, non-profit organizations and other practitioners.
The International Forum for Volunteering in Development (Forum) is the most significant global network of International Volunteer Cooperation Organisations (IVCO). Forum exists to share information, develop good practice and enhance cooperation across the international volunteering and development sectors.
The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) is a coalition of organizations involved in international development who are committed to respect, empowerment, self-determination, and social justice. MCIC supports, connects and amplifies the work of its members and partners.
The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) is an expanding community of Ontario-based international cooperation and global citizenship-focused organizations, institutions, and individual associate members committed to working for global social justice, human dignity and participation for all.
The Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC) is a coalition of organizations and individuals working to advance sustainable global development. Members include international development agencies, the peace-building and humanitarian bodies of major faith groups, educational organizations, solidarity groups, local community organizations, and local individuals committed to SCIC’s mission, vision, and principles.
The Small Enterprise Education and Promotion Network (SEEP) is a collaborative learning network. With its members, SEEP supports strategies that create opportunities for vulnerable populations, especially women, to participate in markets and improve their quality of life.