The Director of Cepei, Philipp Schönrock, was invited to participate in the panel “Cooperation Opportunities with Canada”, held within the framework of the International Week, which took place in Cartagena between August 13 and 17. The event was an occasion to discuss Cepei´s experience in the field of Cooperation, and to present the Big Data for Development (BD4D) network in the Global South, finance by the International Development Research Center of Canada (IDRC).
The International Week is an initiative of Higher Education Institutions that are interested in exposing international and intercultural issues to their university community through an academic and cultural agenda of a guest country.
This year, eleven Higher Education Institutions from the city of Cartagena came together to organize the event, which had Canada as a guest country. The activity was supported by the Mayor’s Office of the city of Cartagena and the Embassy of Canada in Colombia.
More than 23 teachers, artists, diplomats, architects, designers, among other guests, participated in the International Week of Cartagena, a space in which they shared with students and professors of the city for five days.
In the framework of the International Week, on Wednesday, August 15, the panel “Opportunities for Cooperation with Canada” was held at the Technological University of Bolívar, which aimed to discuss aspects that should be considered in order to achieve financing and cooperation with Canada for research and social projects.
The panel was joined by Maarten De Groot, Deputy Director of Cooperation of the Embassy of Canada in Colombia; Camilo Gamba, Development Assistance Officer of APC-Colombia; Linda Terry, Executive Director of the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries, and the Director of Cepei, Philipp Schönrock, who presented the Big Data for Development Network (BD4D) initiative.
Cepei´s presentation focused on its experience in the field of cooperation, and the process followed with the International Development Research Center of Canada to present the BD4D project and obtain the support, emphasizing good practices that can be replicated for the presentation of other Colombian organizations.