2018/2019 courses

Off-Campus 2018


Citizen-Led Accountability: Strategy and Tools (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)

July 2 - 13, 2018, (Application closed)

Citizens have the right and responsibility to hold government and other power holders accountable for public decisions and actions that affect their lives. This program explores how citizens can make their governments more open, transparent, and responsive to their needs and concerns. Through case studies from around the world, participants will learn innovative practices to monitor government actions, seek accountability, prevent corruption, and improve essential public services such as health care and education. They will also learn to design pro-accountability strategies and get hands-on experience applying practical tools such as community scorecards, to foster a culture of accountability in their societies. Scholarships available in limited numbers. Click here for full course description.

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Livelihoods and Markets  (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Oct. 15 - 26, 2018, (Registration deadline: August 1, 2018)

The program explores different approaches for livelihoods promotion including value chain development, making markets work for the poor, and social enterprise. It combines in-depth deconstruction of key concepts and tools, real-life illustrative examples and interactive exercises to help participants build and enhance their skills in developing inclusive market systems. Scholarships for this certificate are available through The MasterCard Foundation Microfinance Scholars Program. Click here for full course description.

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Community-Based Microfinance for Financial Inclusion

(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Nov. 5 to 16, 2018, (Registration deadline: August 1, 2018)
(Hyderabad City, Telangna State, India), Dec. 3 to Dec. 15, 2018, (Registration deadline: September 15, 2018)

Community-based microfinance models, owned and governed by community members, are critical for deeper financial inclusion. Participants will explore how these models support women’s empowerment, agriculture, livelihoods, value-chains, and enterprises in rural and urban areas, and how innovating links with banks and mobile payment systems can reach millions that are outside formal banking systems. Scholarships for this certificate are available through The MasterCard Foundation Microfinance Scholars Program. Click here for full course description.

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Building on Local and Indigenous Knowledges for Community Resilience

(Meru, Kenya) October 3 - 17, 2018
(Application closed – Invitation only)

Communities need to be able to respond to environmental, economic and equity challenges while maintaining their culture, identity and sense of place. In this program participants will explore concepts, strategies and tools for building community resilience from a citizen-driven, culturally-sensitive perspective and analyze innovative experiences for change. Central to the exploration is valuing and sharing local and indigenous knowledge in ecological management, food security, governance, conflict transformation, cultural revitalization and well-being that enables communities to face shocks and ongoing stresses. Collectively, participants will determine how to influence policies, programs and practices that build the resilience of communities. This offering of the course is a special program for people from East Africa who are members of the COMPAS Africa Network for Endogenous Development. Click here for full course description.

Special Scholarships are available for two Canadian indigenous women who are Coady graduates to attend this certificate in Kenya. The special application procedures and detailed FAQ’s are available. Click here for details. coady.stfx.ca/education/knowledges/faq/

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On-Campus 2019

Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development

May 13 to 24, 2019, (Registration deadline: Nov. 30, 2018)

Description: Built on lessons learned from communities around the world that are driving and sustaining their own development, the course also draws from almost two decades of action-research by organizations using an ABCD approach to stimulate and support citizen-led and community-driven development. Rather than starting with needs and deficits, the ABCD approach helps communities to identify and build upon their existing strengths and assets before looking outside for resources. This course will introduce participants to ABCD principles, methods, and tools. It will also explore how organizations can respond to citizen-led initiatives at the community level. Click here for full course description.

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Women's Leadership in Community Development

May 13 to 24, 2019, (Registration deadline: Nov. 30, 2018)

Description: This program creates space for women leaders to build their individual leadership skills and learn to better position themselves and their work within their respective organizations for creating social change. Participants will learn practical new strategies for moving community development forward with gender sensitive processes, assess their life experiences for personal strengths and motivations, build a leadership profile that matches their strengths and capacities, and network with an inspired group of women eager to break down gender-oriented barriers and constraints that hinder women’s progress. Click here for full course description.

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Social Enterprise for Inclusive Local Economies

May 27 to June 7, 2019, (Registration deadline: Nov. 30, 2018)

Description: There has been growing interest in social enterprise as a vehicle to create social change while addressing the age-old question of sustainability. Beginning with an assessment of the emergence and history of the social entrepreneurship movement, this course will cover topics such as the for-profit non-for-profit divide, the need for varied capital at different stages, and aspects of institutional and personal leadership. The course will be a combination of theory, introduction to tools and approaches, case studies, first-hand practitioner experience as well as field visits to help participants explore strategies for creating inclusive local economies. Click here for full course description.

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Diploma in Development Leadership

July 22 to Nov. 29, 2019, (Registration deadline: Nov. 30, 2018)

Description: Coady’s flagship Diploma in Development Leadership is designed for change leaders passionate about creating positive change in their communities. Each summer, the institute welcomes a diverse cohort of practitioners and activists from around the world who represent a wide cross-section of civil society, public, and private groups and organizations. Together they learn innovative skills and approaches for leadership in sustainable, citizen-led development. Click here for full course description.

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Global Change Leaders

Aug. 12 to Sept. 27, 2019       TBD

Description: Established in 2011, the Global Change Leaders Program is a seven-week education program offered by Coady’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership. This program enables women from developing countries to strengthen their leadership capacities in order to contribute to innovation and change in their organizations and communities. Program participants engage in learning grounded in real world experiences and focused on Coady’s core thematic areas. Through a shared learning environment with other emerging women leaders from around the world, participants are exposed to a range of experiences and the beginnings of a potentially lifelong network of support. Click here for full course description.

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Promoting Accountable Democracies

Oct. 7 to Nov. 1, 2018   (Registration deadline: April 26, 2019)

Citizens have the right and responsibility to have a voice in, and hold government and other power holders accountable for, public decisions and actions that affect their lives. This course explores ways to engage citizens in deepening democratic practice and in promoting transparency, accountability, and participation in governance systems and structures. Participants will have the opportunity to apply an intersectional (power and gender) analysis and explore key concepts around active citizenship, good governance, accountability, and democracy. The course builds on participants’ experience and draws from theory, practice and case examples in participatory governance, citizen-led accountability, and advocacy. Facilitators support participants in developing skills and using practical approaches to effect change in their own spheres of action. Click here for full course description.

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Strengthening Inclusive Economies

Oct. 7 to Nov. 1, 2019, (Registration deadline: April 26, 2019)

Description: Participants will explore key concepts related to the structure and dynamic of local economies, and examine different approaches to making these economies more inclusive and equitable. The relationship between local and global economies will be explored, along with issues and implications for driving sustainable local economic change. Click here for full course description.

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Building Resilient Communities

Oct. 7 to Nov. 1, 2019, (Registration deadline: April 26, 2019)

Description: Participants will explore the nature of resilient communities and consider different approaches to how such resilience can be fostered and cultivated. Community initiatives and responses to changes in environmental, economic, political, cultural, and social systems will be explored through a lens of sustainability, inclusion and justice. Click here for full course description.

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Indigenous Women in Community Leadership

Oct. 14 to Nov. 1, 2019        TBD

Description: An award-winning initiative, Indigenous Women in Community Leadership Enhanced Mentorship program is for First Nations, Métis and Inuit women who are committed to supporting development and social change in their organizations, communities, and nations. The program is delivered using Coady’s innovative and blended approach to asset-based leadership development and prioritizes Indigenous knowledge and ways of learning. Focusing on building capacity by sharing expertise and teachings between participants, mentors, and Elders, the program focuses on leadership models and community-driven development practices and examines thematic areas such as community resilience, governance and accountability, and economic empowerment in depth. Participants in this program are connected with other women leaders and development practitioners from around the world. Click here for full course description.

 

2018 Education programs

Diploma in Development Leadership
For leaders in development who are seeking community-based approaches to address contemporary challenges and opportunities.

Action Research for Citizen-Led Change
For experienced development practitioners who are interested in developing a critical awareness of research practice in order to inform decisions about applied research design and practice for citizen-led development.

Advocacy: Increasing Citizen Voice and Agency
For new and/or experienced advocacy and development practitioners who work with human rights and social justice organizations, primarily in the global South.

Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development
For senior practitioners and policy-makers from NGOs, donors, universities, and the private and public sectors who work in domestic or international development

Citizen-Led Accountability, Strategies and Tools (Dar es Salaam, Tanzania)
For practitioners from civil so­ciety organizations and social movements, as well as staff from government, development agencies or the private sector, who are engaged in governance, public services, human rights, advocacy and/or account­ability work

Community-Based Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding
For community leaders passionate about building cultures of peace

Community Based Microfinance for Financial Inclusion (Offerings in Ethiopia and India)
For mid-to-senior-level practitioners from NGOs and financial cooperatives engaged in community-based approaches in microfinance

Community Development Leadership by Women
For women who are leaders and those who aspire to ignite their leadership potential to journey the leadership road.

Facilitation and Training Approaches for Community Change
For experienced facilitators and trainers, and those who do a significant amount of facilitation in their work, who want to explore new theories, principles, and practices in participatory adult education and training approaches.

Learning Organizations and Change
For development practitioners who are responsible for the continued excellence and relevance of their organizations.

Livelihoods and Markets (Ethiopia)
Ideal for community development program officers, coordinators, and managers who are currently working with small-holder producers, supporting micro-enterprise development or income generating activities.

Re-thinking Partnerships
For those currently working in a multi-stakeholder environment and whose work could be enhanced by intentional collaboration and partnerships.

Global Change Leaders
This program is targeted to emerging women leaders from developing countries who are working on development issues.

Indigenous Women in Community Leadership
For First Nations, Métis and Inuit women who are committed to supporting development and social change in their organizations, communities and Nations.

Global Youth Leaders
Targeted to young leaders (20-30 years old) from developing countries who are working on development issues.

OceanPath Fellowship
For graduating full-time students from McGill, uOttawa, Queen’s and StFX universities who are 29 years old or under and are Canadian citizens or permanent residents.