August Development Review

3 Things to Note in August in Global Development News

Here are some of the stories on global development that caught our attention in August: 1. Four million refugee children are out of school. A new report by UNHCR on education estimates that four million refugee children are out of school. This represents an increase of half a million children in just one year. Globally,…

WUSC Welcomes 40th Cohort through its Student Refugee Program

TORONTO, September 4, 2018 — 129 refugee youth will be starting their first week of school across Canada this week as part of the World University Service of Canada’s Student Refugee Program. Their arrival marks the 40th anniversary of youth-to-youth sponsorship in Canada through the program. The Student Refugee Program is the only program of…
Participants listen to presentations at the Impact Investing training in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Looks to Grow its Impact Investment Ecosystem

In the forests of Sri Lanka, elephants are known to deploy a unique strategy to protect their young. In the face of a threat, adult elephants will form a tight pack, herding their young into the middle for safety. It was this imagery that inspired the name for Sri Lanka’s first reality show on social…

Social Marketing for Greater Youth Involvement in the Trades and Technology Sector

Sri Lanka is banking on education and employment for youth Many efforts have been put toward reconstruction and development in Sri Lanka following the end of a 30-year civil war in 2009. Social inclusion, employment, career paths, and the education and training of young people have all been important areas of focus for the country’s…

Volunteer Reflections on Building Women’s Economic Empowerment in Jordan

Émilie MacIsaac, Volunteer with the Women’s Economic Linkages in Employment and Development (WE LEAD) program Jordanian women hold one of the highest literacy rates in the Middle East at 85.9%. Yet women face many barriers to accessing quality training and jobs in Jordan. As a result, the country has the lowest female economic participation rate…
August Development Review

3 Things to Note this July in Global Development News

Here are some of the stories on global development that caught our attention in July: 1. Immigration ministers recognize the importance of community-based refugee sponsorship programs. Earlier this month, Ministers from Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Argentina, Spain, and New Zealand released a joint statement expressing their commitment to piloting or implementing community-based refugee sponsorship…
Impact Investing in the Education Sector in East Africa

Impact Investing in the Education Sector in East Africa

Impact investing opens new funding pathways for global development The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) chart an ambitious agenda for a more peaceful and prosperous world. But these goals carry a high price tag; it is estimated that an additional $2.5 trillion is required annually to turn this agenda into action. Impact investing presents a…

Third Annual Roundtable Discussions: Social Enterprise and Higher Education Institutions

WUSC is pleased to announce that we will host our third annual roundtable discussion for members on Thursday November 22, 2018. This year’s theme will be “Social Enterprise and Higher Education Institutions: Optimizing Development Impact”. The event will take place in the afternoon, following a workshop for WUSC members who are new to the Student…

Enabling Change through Education for Refugee Girls in Tanzania

Fourteen-year-old Congolese student, Joceline, carries her French and Kirundi language books to class at Hope Secondary School in Nyarugusu refugee camp, Tanzania In the Nduta refugee camp in north-west Tanzania, 93% of secondary school-aged girls are out of school Over the last two years, close to 400,000 Burundian refugees have fled their country due to…

2018 International Seminar on Women in Entrepreneurship

When you think back to what you thought you could be when you were growing up, the chances are that ‘mobile app developer’ was not an option you considered. The employment landscape has changed so much over the years. And it will only keep on changing, fast. Entrepreneurs play a big part in determining the…

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