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March, 2017
Message from the director

Greetings from Antigonish:

Over the last 18 months, we have taken stock of our history, our strengths and weaknesses, and identified new areas of work and opportunities. We are now compiling a renewed institutional strategy called Toward a Full and Abundant Life for All, 2017-2022. The strategy provides a framework for our work as a global centre for adult education anchored around three key themes – promoting accountable democracies, supporting local economies and building resilient communities. Stay tuned for the public release of our strategy in the days ahead.

Coady remains resolute in its commitment to a new generation of global leaders skilled in citizen-led, asset-based and community-driven approaches to change. We embrace our responsibility for high-quality adult education programs, to help you and future participants create a more socially inclusive, economically just and environmentally sustainable world. Together, we can build a full and abundant life for all.

Enjoy the spring 2017 edition of the Coady Connection. As always, do stay in touch!

Dr. June Webber, Director, Coady Institute VP, StFX University

Alumni news
Best-selling author and Diploma ’10 graduate Amanda Lindhout talks about her 2008 kidnapping in Somalia, her book (and upcoming movie), International Women’s Week and fond memories of her time at Coady Institute in this just-released podcast.
Hany Ghaly of Egypt, Diploma ’16, has published a case study about the Community Committee of El-kfoor Village in El-Minia for Coady Institute is a member of Participedia. Are you working in the field of democratic accountability and would like to share your experience? Contact Julien Landry at  
Hellen Kabajungu of Uganda, Diploma ’08, sent this video to talk about her Coady experience and how it changed her approach to leadership.

Shyra Barberstock, Indigenous Women in Community Leadership ’14, is recognized for social entrepreneurship on this StartupCanada podcast.  
Helen Knott, Indigenous Women in Community Leadership ’12, is featured by the Nobel Women’s Initiative for her activism on Indigenous land rights in Canada. 
Apollo Jaramogi of Uganda, Diploma ’02, passed away in January after a sudden illness. Friends and colleagues from all walks of life attended his memorial service in Kampala.

Coady news

Coady staff contribute expertise to Rockefeller Foundation project on extreme poverty and disability. Yogesh Ghore explains on the Coady Radio podcast.

Welcome to Dr. Susan Walsh, our new associate director of education programs, and Dr. Corinne Cash, program staff.    

Molly Den Heyer, Eric Smith and Wendy Kraglund-Gauthier team up to conduct online focus groups with Coady alumni around the world. Our Learning from Stories of Change project will help us understand how our education programs help graduates contribute to social change in their communities.

Eileen Alma and Pamela Johnson were in Nepal this month delivering a five-day women’s leadership program in partnership with The Story Kitchen. Women graduates of any Coady program were also invited to a one-day advanced workshop in Kathmandu on March 26th.
Catherine Irving, library coordinator at Coady Institute’s Marie Michael Library, and Dr. Leona English, professor of adult education, have received the prestigious Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education. Their book ‘Feminism in community: Adult education for transformation,’ draws on their decade’s worth of collective research into how women face the challenges of leading, learning and participating in communities around the world.

Upcoming courses

Community-Based Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (October 10 - October 25)

Community-Driven Impact Assessment (October 10 - October 25)

Facilitation and Training Approaches for Community Change (October 10 - October 25)

Learning Organizations and Change (October 10 - October 25)

Action Research for Citizen-Led Change (October 26 - November 10)

Advocacy: Increasing Citizen Voice and Agency (October 26 - November 10)

Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development (October 26 - November 10)

Certificate in Livelihoods and Markets (with WISE Ethiopia)
October 23 - November 3, 2017
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Certificate in Community - Based Microfinance for Financial Inclusion (with APMAS)
December, 2017
Hyderabad, India
Check with APMAS website for details.

Alumni stories of change
Former Coady youth intern Maggie MacDonnell (StFX '02) has improved school attendance among Inuit children in the Canadian Arctic, and has just won the $1 million U.S. "Global Teacher Prize". Maggie was chosen from among 20,000 nominations from 179 countries! Here is a video of her work.
Prisca Kambole, Microfinance for Financial Inclusion ‘15, has expanded the number of local savings and credit groups for women in Zambia’s Copperbelt region from six to more than 60. She is also leading a project so women benefit from the production and sale of cassava, the second most important crop in Zambia. Read more.
Jaya Luintel, Global Change Leaders ’16, uses community radio in Nepal to amplify the voices of women who have been victimized by conflict. Listen here.

Abiodun Essiet, Community Development Leadership by Women ’16, fights for gender justice in Nigeria. Read more

Pathways towards political and economic agency:  A synthesis of findings from five scoping studies, by Alison Mathie, Eileen Alma, Nanci Lee, Brianne Peters and Bettina von Lieres. Innovation Series No. 6, January 2017.
Transnational conversations in the context of disability rights: Building the potential for global activism, Pamela Johnson and Xuan Thuy Nguyen, 2017.

Leave no one behind: How to make market-based solutions work for people living in extreme poverty, by Coady Institute, ADD International and the Institute of Development Studies, 2017.

Putting knowledge to work: Collaborating, influencing and learning for international development, includes an article by our own Eric Smith. The book unveils the often under-rated role that knowledge plays in non-governmental organizations. To be released April 2017.

Feminism in community: Adult education for transformation, Catherine Irving and Dr. Leona English draw on their decade’s worth of collective research into how women face the challenges of leading, learning and participating in communities around the world.

Stay connected
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