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February 5, 2018

International Development Week 2018

CESO joins Global Affairs Canada, individuals and organizations across the country in taking part in International Development Week (IDW).

January 23, 2018

A Day in Life of a VA on International Assignment

As a CESO VA who has completed assignments in Guyana, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica and the Philippines, I am frequently asked by friends and acquaintances interested in CESO, “What’s it like to be on assignment?”

January 6, 2018

Batanes Island, Philippines: Developing New Branding and Marketing of Sustainable Tourism

In July 2017, I travelled with CESO Country Representative Matt Navalta to Batanes to complete the…

December 5, 2017

The Golden Eagle Festival

My third trip to Mongolia with CESO has given me even more insight into the diverse…

November 20, 2017

Community Exchange in Yellowknife

Representatives from Mongolia came to Yellowknife to explore approaches to managing the resource development sector in a socially and economically sustainable way.  

November 8, 2017

DTI & CESO: Successful case studies in the Philippines

The Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has a battle cry of “Enabling Businesses,” a…

November 4, 2017

Community exchange between Mongolia and Canada

The MERIT Project organizes a 12-day community exchange between Mongolia and Canada in Yellowknife, NWT.

November 3, 2017

Community exchange between Mongolia and Canada

Community and government representatives from Mongolia and Canada meet in Yellowknife to create a dialogue around their respective approaches to resource management and land-use.

November 3, 2017

From City to Countryside

My first trip to Mongolia, the mysterious landlocked country nestled quietly between Russia and…

CESO VA, Edward Allen, Ethiopian Cuisine
November 3, 2017

My Ethiopian Journey in Photos

I went to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to do a two-week assignment with the Addis Chamber. As…

October 1, 2017

Fostering Entrepreneurship in Catacamas, Honduras

On April 21, 2017, I boarded a Continental flight from Halifax that would deliver…

September 21, 2017

Developing Oil and Gas Reserves Estimation Practices

MERIT worked with the Mineral Resources and Petroleum Authority of Mongolia (MRPAM) to develop a national…

September 1, 2017

A Taste of Benin: Two Recipes

In January 2016, I travelled to Porto-Novo, Benin for my first CESO assignment with…

August 15, 2017

Attack in Burkina Faso

We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the attack in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on August 13, 2017. We extend our deep condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the victims of the shooting, including Canadian volunteer, Bilel Diffalah, during this difficult time.

July 21, 2017

Happy 150th Canada

The Canadian Embassy in Mongolia put together this video for Canada’s 150th celebrations. MERIT is featured…

July 19, 2017

Women of CESO: 50 Years

When CESO was founded in 1967, less than 30% of women were an active part of…

July 6, 2017

The Critical Role of Micro Enterprise in the Canadian and Global Economy

With the recent release of the government’s international assistance policy and increasing dialogue in the…

June 30, 2017

Kazakhstan, a country worth discovering

My assignment in Kazakhstan was an extraordinary experience professionally but also on a cultural and human…

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