Next-Generation Leadership: New Models for Canadian Collaboration in International Development

Dear Colleagues,

I am very pleased to announce the launch of a new research program, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).  Over a three-year period (2017—2019), CASID, in partnership with the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), will identify and promote new ways of working among practitioners, researchers, academics, students and policy developers. The program will 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 civil society and academia.  

As a complement to this broader research program, CCIC is undertaking a mapping exercise of Canadian academics, research institutes and think tanks working on global development cooperation, international assistance and humanitarian issues – a “who’s who” of the research community in Canada with support from Global Affairs Canada. The result of this initiative will be a visual, interactive and online map of Canadian research and knowledge development communities, including thematic and geographic areas of focus.  

I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce you to Andréanne Martel. Andréanne joined CCIC in early January as the Program Officer managing the new CCIC-CASID collaborative research program.

There will be more news and opportunities in the days and weeks ahead as the project unfolds.

Ian Smillie
President, CASID