Both Afield co-directors—Kai Wood Mah and Patrick Lynn Rivers—have been added to the new searchable database of Canadian practitioners and scholars doing international development and humanitarian assistance work. The database, Next Generation (or "NextGen" for short), is, according to its developers, intended to “position Canada as a leader in innovative, multi-stakeholder international development and humanitarian research, practice and policy development.” The developers of the database continue: “The goal is to encourage better collaborations between civil society and academia, and strengthen the Canadian ecosystem of research and knowledge sharing.”
The database is the result of an initiative conceptualized by the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) and the Canadian Association for the Study of International Development (CASID). The initiative benefits from the financial support of Global Affairs Canada and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC).
CCIC describes itself as a “coalition of Canadian voluntary sector organizations working globally to achieve sustainable human development.”
CASID calls itself “a national, bilingual, interdisciplinary and pluralistic association devoted to the promotion of new knowledge in the broad field of international development.”
Global Affairs Canada is the federal grouping of ministries managing Canada’s external affairs. Organizationally, it is intended to synch Canada’s trade, development and humanitarian assistance, and diplomatic efforts.
IRDC supports research augmenting international development. Funded by the Canadian government, it works closely with Global Affairs Canada.