Former Programs

International Women's Rights Project

The International Women's Rights Project (IWRP) was founded in 1998 to strengthen the capacity of women's NGOs and to influence the implementation of international human rights standards, for the benefit of women, through research and evidence-based advocacy. The IWRP is currently affiliated with the Centre for Global Studies at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada. IWRP operates on a project-by-project basis, with funding from private and governmental sources.

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Globalization and Governance

The Globalization and Governance Program was established in 2000 to conduct critical examination of the role of international institutions in the globalization process. In the present environment of accelerating interdependence, policy-makers face a hard dilemma: on the one hand is the widely recognized need for improved international mechanisms to guide the globalized system toward more equitable and sustainable ends; on the other, are the practical problems associated with achieving the inclusiveness and accountability necessary for ensuring legitimate and effective global institutions. Few would dispute the shortcomings of the current status quo, in which the World Bank and International Monetary Fund - whose voting models and constitutive arrangements are among the least democratic of the international institutions - maintain a dominant and ever expanding sphere of influence over the global economic system. At the same time, a review of governance models across the broader spectrum of international organizations reveals widely divergent practices and approaches to the question of what constitutes good governance at the global level.

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Technology and International Development

The mission of the Technology and International Development Program is to encourage the participation of University of Victoria faculty in international development projects dealing with global issues of governance, security and sustainability, and to provide technical services and assistance to members of the University community engaged in the implementation of international development projects.

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International Institute for Child Rights and Development (IICRD)

IICRD is a Canadian leader in community-based, national, regional and international applications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These applications are unique in that they provide a "culturally grounded" approach to children's rights that build on children's natural resiliency (strengths) as well as the strengths of families, communities and culture.

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