On April 13-14, 2016 in Ottawa, Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), Academics Without Borders (AWB), and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) are convening the Smart Global Development conference: exploring the role of higher education in advancing sustainable development goals.
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Across the world, universities play an integral role in the social, economic, political and cultural life of countries. They foster future leaders and professionals. Universities are drivers of social and economic development, repositories of cultural heritage, research centres for expanding human knowledge, and innovation hubs. They are institutions that enable countries to participate in global conversations on the most pressing issues facing our world.
In developing countries, the potential for universities to contribute directly and substantively to improved development, growth and governance outcomes is arguably greatest. Despite that potential, higher education has received comparatively little support from the international development community over the past several decades – particularly in comparison to investments in primary education and basic health.
Join Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Academics Without Borders and the International Development Research Centre by examining the experience of diverse actors; sharing innovative approaches and best practices; and identifying implications for future programming and policies.