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Member Spotlight: Coady International Institute

"If we are wise, we will help the people everywhere to get the good and abundant life... to become masters of their own destiny" - Rev. Dr. Moses M. Coady

Coady International Institute has been called Canada’s best-kept secret. Tucked away in a small corner of St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, ‘the Coady’, as it’s known locally, has been educating development professionals from around the world since 1959. In fact, there are more than 6,500 graduates from 130 countries.

Citizen leaders from around the globe travel to Antigonish each year. Why do they come? They are leaders in their own communities who want to help others get out of poverty. They tackle health crises like HIV/AIDS. They want women to play greater roles in their societies. They are passionate advocates for democracy. (Watch Dr. John Gaventa, Coady’s director, speak about democracy in this Open Society Foundation video.)

At St. Francis Xavier University, a Coady Institute education ignites this leadership. It inspires development leaders to learn practical skills and strengthen their commitment to their communities and organizations. Our unique asset-based approach to development recognizes that each community and individual has strengths and resources that they can use to build sustainable communities. Our program staff and associates have extensive field experience. They use participatory adult education methods to draw out the insights and experiences of learners, while introducing new ideas.

Our flagship 20-week Diploma in Development Leadership is designed for citizen leaders who are passionate about creating positive change.

We also offer shorter, specialized certificate ‘skills’ courses. Our education offers a focus on three specific thematic; promoting accountable democracies, strengthening local economies and building resilient communities. You can view all upcoming 2015 Coady programs at

Our graduates would include people like Adepeju Jaiyeoba of Nigeria, who founded Mothers Delivery Kits, which help save the lives of hundreds of mothers and their babies. (video of President Obama thanking Adepeju at a recent event in Washington. D.C.) Another graduate, Father Shaiju Chacko, an Indian priest, is helping to deliver a massive five-year training program for 100,000 youth in the states of Jammu and Kashmir.

2014 is the 55th anniversary of Coady International Institute. To mark the occasion, it is highlighting alumni success stories at Coady Celebrates, its annual fundraising dinner in Halifax on October 22nd, and developing an interactive timeline marking 55 significant events in its history.

For alumni success stories, visit

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