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Queen’s Project on International Development

Queen’s Project on International Development (QPID) is a student-run organization operating out of the Queen’s Engineering Society since 1990. We host a variety of initiatives on campus, in Kingston, in Canada and internationally.

On campus, QPID hosts a weekly forum comprised of discussions, presentations and workshops, which focus on a variety of development and global justice issues. All students are welcome to think, talk and learn together about questions that are not necessarily addressed in students’ classes or everyday lives.

In Kingston, QPID runs workshops and a conference for high school students. Many of the same issues addressed in weekly forum are introduced to Kingston youth. Through these education initiatives QPID hopes to stimulate more awareness of the global problems our generation faces.

In Canada and internationally, QPID participates in summer projects. These projects vary from region to region, but share a focus on collaboration and teamwork between interns, our summer project volunteers, and members of host communities to fill needs that have been recognized by host communities themselves. These two to three month projects provide host communities with eager volunteers, and our volunteers with a unique opportunity for a cross-cultural experience. QPID has participated in over 200 grassroots community development projects in Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Guyana, India, Nicaragua, Nunavut, Peru and Kingston.

QPID’s Guiding Principles

Translating our Beliefs into Action: Central to our beliefs is the notion that small contributions can make a meaningful difference. We seek to have long-term impacts by applying student knowledge, creativity, and enthusiasm to our Canadian and international projects.

Promoting Social and Environmental Responsibility: In all our efforts, QPID is guided by values of justice, equality, and ecological sustainability. This applies to all aspects of our daily operations, campaigns and summer projects.

Valuing Diversity: Effecting change requires that we respect all points of view. Although QPID has a long history within the Queen’s Engineering Society, we have developed an interdisciplinary approach that includes education, gender issues, health, technology, and the environment as important aspects of development. We value diversity in opportunities, perspectives, and our membership.

Remaining Student-Run and Volunteer-Driven: QPID is committed to providing students with opportunities for experiential learning in development-related work and activism. While we are student-run, we do maintain a high degree of professionalism, transparency, and accountability.

Being Reflective and Responsive: QPID strives for rigorous self-evaluation. Through a dynamic and critical approach, we can better adapt to the challenges we face as an organization.