Seminar participants in Malawi discuss their research project. © Mphatso Dumba

International Seminar

The International Seminar is an annual WUSC event for young leaders from around the world to collaborate, share ideas and create long lasting relationships. Each year explores a different contemporary development issue through youth-driven ideas, research and solutions. Since its first iteration in 1948, the International Seminar has seen thousands of participants collaborate on projects…
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Fireside Conversation on Refugee Education

Canada is a global trailblazer in feminist international assistance, on girls’ education in conflict-affected contexts, and in providing durable solutions for refugees. This has been demonstrated time again by commitments such as the Feminist International Assistance Policy, the Charlevoix Declaration, and the Private Sponsorship of Refugees Program.  This week, Canada once again demonstrated its commitment…
Innovation and Impact Award Winners 2020

Press Release: Innovation and Impact Award

Cooperation Canada and WUSC, in collaboration with the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award, are pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Innovation and Impact Awards in Honour of Lewis Perinbam. Kehkashan Basu, Founder of the global social innovation enterprise Green Hope Foundation, and Développement international Desjardins (DID) are this year’s individual and organizational…

Innovation and Impact Awards in honor of Lewis Perinbam

WUSC and Cooperation Canada, in collaboration with the trustees of the Lewis Perinbam Award, is pleased to launch the Innovation and Impact Awards. Innovation is at the core of Cooperation Canada’s work and is captured in our strategic directions. We aim to inspire and support the growth of a more relevant, responsive and effective global…
Two craftswomen from the Federation of Women Entrepreneur Association Nepal (FWEAN) in their workshop producing felt items.

Fostering a Culture of Collaborative Partnership for Innovation

A Case Study of the CECI – WUSC Partnership There is a critical need for bold and collective action to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. Unfortunately, far too few partnerships and consortiums succeed. This case study examines the strategies that drive effective partnerships. But more so, it explores the strategies needed to…
WUSC 2019-2020 Annual Report

Our 2019 – 2020 Annual Report

Our 2019 – 2020 year was filled with momentum, milestones, and new beginnings. Our Annual Report shares the results of select initiatives that have moved us closer toward our vision of a better world for all young people. These results are snapshots, localized expressions of our ambition for global systems change. They are examples of…
Go for the goals! (Sustainable Development Goals)

International Development Week – Open Letter from Canada’s Volunteer Cooperation Programs

Together stronger From February 7th to 13th, we invite Canadians to celebrate International Development Week – a unique tradition that highlights Canada’s commitment to sustainable development around the globe. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected our lives in significant ways. We have all been impacted by the closure of schools and businesses, job losses, and the…
WUSC at Global Refugee Forum.

One year in: How the WUSC network is fulfilling the pledges we made at the 2019 Global Refugee Forum

It has been a little over a year since we participated in the first-ever Global Refugee Forum (GRF), hosted by the UNHCR in Geneva. The Forum was an opportunity to demonstrate international responsibility-sharing, one of the key principles contained in the Compact on Refugees (GCR). During the event, various international actors, such as States, organizations,…

WUSC elected Co-Chair of newly established Global Task Force on Education Pathways for Refugee Protection

In 2019, there were 26 million refugees around the world, 65% of whom are under the age of 25. Education pathways, such as our Student Refugee Program, offer a unique avenue for displaced youth to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.  Today, only a tiny fraction of the world’s post-secondary education institutions…
How we are working with partners to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 pandemic

How we are working with partners to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) during the COVID-19 pandemic

Around the world, nearly 1 in 3 women are affected by gender-based violence (GBV) in their lifetime. While men, women, girls, and boys all experience GBV to varying degrees, women and girls are often disproportionately affected. GBV includes, but is not restricted to sexual, emotional, and psychological violence, early and forced marriage, domestic violence, female…

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