Government of Canada

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

International Development Week

What is International Development Week?

International Development Week (IDW) is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world!

For 24 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. In 2014, it was held on February 2–8 with the theme of “We are Making a Difference.” Throughout the week, Canadians were encouraged to learn more about international development, become engaged, and share their experiences with friends, family, colleagues, and their communities.

What can you do during IDW?

In 2015, IDW will be held on February 1–7. Here are some ideas for how you can participate.


Did you know that Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) is Canada's lead department for development assistance? Learn more about DFATD and Canada's role in international development. Find out where we work, browse our projects, and see positive development results.


How are you making a difference? Share your story on our website along with a photo or video and be part of our on-line community!

Get involved

The following key partners will be organizing IDW events across Canada that might be of interest to you or your organization.

For more information

Want to know more about IDW? Contact the IDW team by email at, or by calling 613-944-4000 (NRC) or 1-800-267-8376 (toll-free).