Join us for Ottawa Development Drinks!
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT)
OCIC & Cuso International Co-Host Development Drinks - Turning Loss into Gain: Engaging the Diaspora for Development
Please join us for a Global Diaspora Week Networking Event on Wednesday, October 12th, 5:30pm - 7:30pm at HUB Ottawa! Global Diaspora Week (GDW) is a week dedicated to diaspora communities and their contributions to global development.
Beyond their well-known role as senders of remittances, diaspora can also play a pivotal role in the economic development of their countries of origin. Once perceived as a loss of human capital, migration is now recognized as the lever that can support poverty reduction. This panel discussion will feature three members of the Ottawa diaspora community who will share their views and perspectives on this much debated subject.
Ainalem Tebeje is the Vice-president of the Association for Higher Education and Development (AHEAD), a not-for-profit organization founded by a group of Ethiopian-Canadians, whose main goal is to contribute toward the improvement of education in Ethiopia. A former journalist, Ainalem has been writing and speaking about migration and diaspora engagement at domestic and international forums. She will be discussing the study Turning Loss into Gain: Engaging the African Diaspora for Development.
Jimena Eyzaguirre is currently a Senior Climate Change Specialist at ESSA Technologies Ltd. A few years ago she took a volunteer opportunity with Cuso International and went back to her country of origin, Peru, as Gender Research and Program Evaluation Officer. She will talk about how diaspora can be an asset to development as they offer a unique richness of knowledge and depth of understanding of local society, culture and language.
Mohamed Mursal is one of the Founders of Abab Education, an agency that engages Somali diaspora community members on education and leadership themes in Somalia and Kenya. A staunch believer in education as a tool for social justice, Mohamed has been working with youth education programs since he came to Canada through the WUSC program in 2007. Mohamed runs his own tutoring Center in Kitchener and has been working with Pathways to Education for the past five years where he helps high risk neighborhood youth graduate from High School.
"Development Drinks" is a monthly networking event for International Development professionals. This is an opportunity to chat, debate, socialize and connect with others who are passionate about working, volunteering and learning about the sector. The Ottawa "Development Drinks" networking events occur the second Wednesday evening of every other month.
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We hope to see you at HUB Ottawa on October 12th!
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Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC)
The Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) is an expanding community of Ontario-based international development and global education organizations and individual associate members working globally for social justice.
As a Council, OCIC strives to increase the effectiveness and collective impact of all our members' efforts to promote sustainable, people-centred development in a peaceful and healthy environment. OCIC is committed to principles of fair and equitable cooperative international development and promotes public engagement that helps Canadians develop a global perspective and take action for social justice.
For more information visit http://www.ocic.on.ca.