5 International Development Terms Explained

What #GoForTheGoals actually means

Why It Matters

The world of international development is full of jargon that is difficult for anyone not directly working in this field to grasp. This International Development Week, we strip down five definitions so you can understand why they matter.

This week marks the 30th International Development Week celebrated globally. 

International development is a big term with many aspects, meanings, and baggage. The field itself includes areas such as food and water security, governance, healthcare, education, climate, and disaster assistance. International development’s primary goal is to improve the quality of life for people around the world. 

International development shapes everyday life all over the world. Our planet, our people — well, it all needs work. Solutions are not easy, they’re not black and white, and they’re complex. We need to understand the world to make it better. And, here’s the important part: realize that as Canadians, sometimes we have to ask what we can bring value to, and when to take a back seat.

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