• “Finding the Good: Sharing International Development Ideas and Practice in the Current Era” A conference to Co-Discover Ways to Advance and Share Ethical, Human-Centred Global Development Practices.
    • June 8–9, 2018, Okanagan College, Kelowna Campus, British Columbia, Canada.
    • Sessions will help to ignite and sustain an ecosystem in which dialogue between scholarly insights and practical development work will, ultimately, improve the participation of people experiencing poverty, social marginalization, discrimination, and oppression.
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About the Conference

Finding the Good is about bringing academics and practitioners together to share ethical international development ideas and practices, with a particular focus on social justice, inclusion and human rights.

In the current complex era, the meaning of ‘the good’ is highly contested. This conference will help to explore and showcase ‘the good’ in international development ideas and practice by actively creating space for dialogue over the meaning, interpretation, and importance of ethics in achieving development goals.

Sessions will help to ignite and sustain an ecosystem in which dialogue between scholarly insights and practical development work will, ultimately, improve the participation of people experiencing poverty, social marginalization, discrimination, and oppression. Sessions will explore:

  • The Sustainable Development Goals
  • Women, Gender and Feminism
  • Universal Values and Inclusion
  • Global Citizenship & Education
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Knowledge, Technology & Innovation
  • International Security
Keynotes Speakers

David Hulme is Professor of Development Studies at the University of Manchester where he is Executive Director of the Global Development Institute and CEO of the Effective States and Inclusive Development Research Centre. He has worked on rural development, poverty and poverty reduction, microfinance, the role of NGOs in conflict/peace and development, environmental management, social protection and the political economy of global poverty for more than 30 years. His main focus has been on Bangladesh but he has worked extensively across South Asia, East Africa and the Pacific.  His recent books include Should Rich Nations Help the Poor? (Polity, 2016), Global Poverty: Global Governance and Poor People (Routledge, 2015), Governance, Management and Development (Palgrave, 2015), and Just Give Money to the Poor (Kumarian Press, USA, 2010).

Chloe Schwenke is the Director of the Global Program on Violence, Rights, and Inclusion at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW). She is a human rights and social inclusion scholar and an international development practitioner with over three decades of international experience – nearly half of it while living in Africa and Asia. Prior to joining ICRW, Chloe served as vice president for global programs at Freedom House in Washington, D.C., and before that she was a political appointee of the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor on Human Rights at the Africa Bureau of the US Agency for International Development (USAID).  Chloe’s scholarship and programmatic work are informed by feminist ethics, the capabilities approach, social inclusion, and human rights moral concepts. Through her work, she addresses the challenges of keeping international foreign assistance grounded in an ethically explicit and justifiable framework – with a focus on achieving pragmatic, measurable results on the ground. Chloe received her Ph.D. in public policy at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland at College Park, where she was Alumna of the Year for 2013. In that same year she was awarded a National Public Service Award by the National Center for Transgender Equality, and in 2016 she was awarded the Global Advocate Award by DC Center – Global. She is the author of Reclaiming Values in International Development (Praeger 2008), and her memoir will be published by Red Hen Press in 2017.

Michael Simpson is the Executive Director of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC). Prior to working for BCCIC, Michael was the Executive Director of One Sky – The Canadian Institute for Sustainable Living. His work with One Sky varied from leading major bilateral projects in West Africa including Nigeria and Sierra Leone to working in Latin America on projects ranging from forest conservation to leadership development. Simpson was an active voice for Canadian civil society at international forums ranging from the World Summit on Sustainable Development to UN meetings on renewable energy. With a keen interest in integral theory, Simpson has been active in exploring the nexus between developmental psychology and social change. Prior to his work with civil society groups, Simpson was an award winning documentary producer who ran a video production company for fifteen years specializing in programming on environment, development and human rights. He spent many years working in conflict and post conflict areas of the world with a special focus on Latin America. His most recent focus has been on leadership development within the context of social movements, including both the private sector and civil society. An avid networker, Simpson is a current director of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) and currently manages through BCCIC the Inter-Council Network (ICN) of eight Provincial and Regional Councils.

At this premier event, 27 leading thinkers in political science, philosophy, history, geography, law, international relations, public policy, and public administration, will assemble.  Experts will arrive from across Canada, the US, and from around the world, including Switzerland, Peru, the UK, South Africa, and Costa Rica.  Experts will bring their experience studying and working globally, including in Uganda, Rwanda, Nigeria, Mexico, China, India, Bangladesh, Southern Africa, the Caribbean, Singapore, the Middle East, and Peru.

Experts also bring extensive background in multilateral institutions, governmental agencies, research institutes, and national policy advisory bodies, including: the World Bank, the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research, the International Jurist Organization, the Academic Council on the United Nations System, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, the High Commission of Canada in Australia, the Africa Bureau of the US Agency for International Development, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Parkland Institute, the Women, Peace and Security Network, and the Institute for Human Development in Latin America.


For nonprofit groups or businesses, this event will explicitly incorporate opportunities to co-create new research projects with experts in the field, ensuring that future research more closely reflects their needs and experiences. Finding the Good will facilitate networking, knowledge advancement and access to the most innovative ideas emerging within the sector. It will help to inform policy, planning, and leadership at local, regional and global levels. For students, Finding the Good offers an unrivalled opportunity to learn from some of the most experienced thinkers and practitioners in the field.

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Contact us

Dr. Rosalind Warner, BA (SFU) MA, PhD (York)
Professor of Political Science
Okanagan College
[email protected]