CCDS Newsletter, issued November 5th, 2019

CCDS Newsletter 
November 2019

News Stories:
More Than Good Intentions: A Dialogue on the Ethics of Community Engagement
Contextualizing Openness' now available as an eBook through IDRC
Upcoming Events: 
CCDS is hosting the 2019 Women Research Fellows from the International Centre for Women's Leadership at the Coady Institute.
A Conversation with Dr. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
Current Placement Spotlight: 
Megan Robleh in Kenya
Marie Martin in Vietnam
Past Placement Stories:  
Kyla Goodhand
Olivia Dymek in Vietnam
Other Updates: 
International Development Studies Students' Association (IDSSA) 

News Stories:

More Than Good Intentions: A dialogue on the Ethics of Community Engagement 

On October 30th from 5-7 pm, a discussion was held on the ethics of community engagement. With the university's growing interest and commitment to community-engaged learning, the event aimed to learn how to approach the development of these partnerships. The panel discussants included colleagues from Taibu, Regent Park Centre for Learning & Development, the Jane-Finch Community Research Partnership, and Volunteer Toronto

Contextualizing Openness' now available as an eBook through IDRC

Contextualizing Openness offers a fascinating look at Open Science and the democratization of knowledge in international development and social transformation with a focus on the Global South.This volume presents contri­butions from the 12 projects that form the Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) organized around four central themes: Defining Open Sci­ence in Development, Governing Open Science, Negotiat­ing Open Science, and Expanding Open Science for Social Transformation.

Members of the editorial team are Becky Hillyer, Angela Okune, Alejandro Posada, Denisse Albornoz and Leslie Chan. 

Read the full article on the CCDS Website

Upcoming Events: 

CCDS is hosting the 2019 Women Research Fellows from the International Centre for Women's Leadership at the Coady Institute"- November 8th, 2019, 1-3 pm in AA160

Join us Friday, November 8th in AA160 from 1-3 pm for a panel presentation and a networking session with IDS students and the Research Fellows. 

In Conversation with Dr.Ngahuia Te Awekotoku 

Join us Nov 6th 5-7pm HL 421 for a talk with Dr. Ngahuia Te Awekotuku, a Maori female leader and Emertius Professor of the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

Placement Spotlight: Current Students 

Megan Robleh in Kenya

My name is Megan Robleh and I will be in Nairobi, Kenya with Aga Khan University. For the next 8 months, I will be working as a Business Project Intern at the School of Nursery and Midwifery. I am very excited to be working with an organization that is dedicated to transforming health and improving lives​. ​

Starting June 2019, I will be on placement with Agha Khan University in Nairobi as a business project intern. I will be specifically working on an advanced nursing studies programme at the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s (SONAM). The programme is tailored to ensure that health services are more responsive to the needs of the people. The overall goal of the School is to enhance nursing education, policy, practice and research to improve patient care in East Africa. My position will involve communication with various stakeholders such as potential donors and government offices, and faculty of Aga Khan University.

Read more here

Marie Martin in Vietnam

Hi! My name is Marie and I will be going to Hanoi, Vietnam with World University Service of Canada for my co-op term.

I will be filling the role of a Business and Marketing Officer during my time there, during which I will assist the general business plans of Discovery Indochina, a Vietnamese tourism company that strives towards responsible tourism in Southeast Asia. My role will include analysing market trends of tourism in Southeast Asia, establishing and implementing new business strategies for the company, helping to increase brand awareness of local businesses intertwined with the tourism industry, and generally supporting the marketing efforts of the company. I am eager to accept the challenge of stepping into a business-related role, and I can’t wait to see where my creative efforts will take me in the context of economic development in Southeast Asia.

Read more here

Past Placement Stories

Former Co-op Student, Kyla Goodhand in Matara, Sri Lanka

Working as a Business Communication Skills Officer, Kyla was involved from September 2017 to May 2018 with the Institute for Development of Community Strengths (INDECOS) in Matara, Sri Lanka. During her mandate, Kyla assisted the organization’s ‘Women Entrepreneurship Program’ (WEP). WEP was designed in 2006 to assist Tsunami affected women of the coastal Matara district. The objectives of the program are to increase the income of self-employed women affected by the Tsunami, encourage unemployed women to start a new business, strengthen family relationships, and improve the health of communities. During her mandate, Kyla was able to demonstrate and transfer effective communication skills with WEP employees as well as beneficiaries. She conducted training on business and promotion linkages and also took on a lead role in the creation of the organization’s annual report. She supported all programming run by the organization through advertisement, reporting, and securing funding.       


Learn more about Kyla's placement experience and research on our website

Other Updates

IDS Coop students: post-placement research presentations!

"Presenting the preliminary findings of my thesis research! Proud of the work I’ve done, and I look forward to finishing this exciting work"! —@UTSC

International Development Students' Association (IDSSA)


The IDSSA Team is hosting an excel workshop on Wednesday November 6th from 5-7pm.

We realize how important it is to be familiar with a tool such as excel; whether it be for a project management assignment, or to do basic and complex mathematical functions so you don’t have to or to turn piles of data into helpful graphics and chart, excel can help with all of those.

If you’re interested to attend the workshop, please mark the date and time in your calendar. We’ll announce the location very soon!

Check out this project on IDSSA's Facebook and Instagram page!

Missed our previous newsletter?

Previous issues of CCDS Newsletter (since Oct 2017) can now be viewed on our website archive. 

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