Next-generation models for Canadian collaboration in international development

Through this project, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), in partnership with the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development, will identify and promote new ways for Canadian practitioners, academics, and public policymakers to work together in international development. The project aims to position Canada as a leader in innovative multi-stakeholder approaches to global development research, practice, and policy development, creating conditions for enhanced and sustained collaboration between Canadian civil society and academia.

To achieve this goal, the project will pursue three interrelated objectives: strengthen the ecosystem of research and knowledge sharing across the range of Canadian development actors, with particular emphasis on the civil society and academic communities; facilitate the emergence of a new research and policy agenda that matches the ambition of the Sustainable Development Goals and an enhanced Canadian contribution to the world; and foster thought leadership among the next generation of Canadian international development and humanitarian practitioners, academics, and students.

It is expected that this will strengthen the Canadian ecosystem for innovative research and knowledge sharing on global development issues, establish the benefits and challenges inherent in cross-sectoral collaboration, and generate a new standard for excellence in development thinking and practice within and beyond Canadian borders.

The project will support collaboration between academics and practitioners, using different models to stimulate new thinking and generate timely and policy-relevant joint research on inclusive economies and possibly other IDRC themes. It will test and refine these models of practitioner-academic collaboration, generating processes, products, and relationships that outlast the project’s timeframe.

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End Date

Monday, September 14, 2020


36 months

IDRC Officer

Luc Mougeot

Total funding

CA$ 1,000,000


Foundations for Innovation

Project Leader

Shannon Kindornay


Canadian Council for International Co-Operation/Conseil canadien pour la coopération internationale

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