Diploma in Development Leadership

July 9 - December 2, 2018 Application deadline: November 27, 2017


Our flagship 20-week Diploma in Development Leadership is designed for community development leaders who are passionate about creating positive change in their communities. Each summer, we welcome a diverse cohort of practitioners 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.

The Diploma program strengthens participants’ capacity to confront the complex issues they face and to propose pragmatic strategies for change. Throughout the program participants build and draw upon a critical and reflective social change framework to enhance their leadership competencies and their abilities to motivate and support people in creating a better world for future generations. The program is inspired by current action research and deeply rooted in a community-driven and adult education approach that draws on over 50 years of practical experience. Throughout the program a collaborative relationship is fostered among facilitators and participants to draw out lessons and insights from their rich and diverse experiences. This sharing and co-creation of knowledge is a cornerstone to the diploma program. Graduates leave with greater confidence and even stronger leadership skills, joining a global network of committed Coady graduates.

The diploma includes mandatory foundational courses in leadership and asset-based development, electives centred on topics relevant for today’s community development practitioner and specialized ‘skill’ courses. 

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