Economic Opportunities

Leah Katerberg

Tourism: Uniterra Program Partners on a Trade Mission in Canada

From October 15 to 25, 2017, WUSC and CECI welcomed a delegation made up of six partners of their international cooperation program, Uniterra, who work in the tourism industry. The trade mission was planned to coincide with the International Tourism and Travel Show in Montreal, with the main goals of encouraging business relations between partners…
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Impact Investing: A Tool for New Partnerships for Sustainable Development

At the 2017 World Bank annual meeting, an important theme was the call for new instruments and tools to mobilize private capital to fight poverty more effectively across the globe. Indeed, beyond available taxes and development assistance, it is estimated that $2.5 trillion in private financing is required annually to fully implement the Sustainable Development…

The 71st International Seminar wraps up in Bolivia

By: Cécile Robert, International Seminar Coordinator, Uniterra Program Not every student would be willing to spend their summer holidays producing research reports on sustainable tourism. But for the 21 participants of the 2017 International Seminar in Bolivia, it was a no-brainer. They happily traded in their vacation plans because they knew these reports could be…

Sustainable tourism, theme of the 71st International Seminar and key sector for development in Bolivia

By: Cécile Robert, International Seminar Coordinator, Uniterra Program Yesterday, we launched the 71st International Seminar. For the first time in its long history, the Seminar will be held in Bolivia and will focus on sustainable community tourism. Established by WUSC in 1948, the International Seminar is an educational gathering that offers students and young professionals…

Four Global Priorities for Improved Women’s Economic Empowerment

Reflections from the First Annual WEE Global Learning Forum By: Ariane Ryan, Technical Advisor for Inclusive Economies, WUSC I recently had the privilege of attending the first annual Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) Global Learning Forum on behalf of WUSC. Hosted in Bangkok, Thailand, the event brought together leading stakeholders in the field of women’s economic empowerment to…

Reflections on Youth and Agriculture in Tanzania

The proud son of farmers in rural Tanzania, Stivin grew up gaining an in-depth understanding of the obstacles and opportunities rural farmers and producers often face in his country. Inspired by his childhood experiences, as a young adult he moved to Dar es Salaam where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Rural Development from the…

Volunteering in Jamaica: Helping local partners build capacity in communications

By: Lais Viera, WUSC Volunteer, Jamaica Volunteering in Jamaica has been a truly gratifying, wonderful experience. As a sovereign island nation, Jamaica has so much more to offer than just gorgeous beaches. Hilly, sleepy towns, magnificent mountains, beautiful forests, freshly cultivated fields, and many other hidden treasures abound, including a rich and diverse culture and…

How can women transform the food industry for women?

  By Carole Duffréchou As part of the International Forum held in Montreal last January, WUSC and CECI welcomed Canadian women entrepreneurs from the food industry, all of whom source their products in developing countries. The following question was put to them: How can women transform the food industry for women? Hoping to share their…

Switching gears for a brighter future

Meet one of the young women challenging gender stereotypes and finding employment in Sri Lanka’s automotive sector. A little encouragement can go a long way on the pathway to employment. This was certainly the case for Shanika Seuwandhi who is currently following her passion as a motorcycle mechanic in Sri Lanka, despite the obstacles she…

Tanzania 2016: Collaborative research on the role of youth and technology in achieving food security

  Summary of the Uniterra International Seminar Research In the summer of 2016, Uniterra’s International Seminar brought together a team of youth leaders and mentors from all across Canada and Tanzania to research the critical role of agriculture in Tanzania’s economy, from the unique perspective of youth. Agriculture is in fact the largest sector of…

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