Coady International Institute (The)

St. Francis Xavier University PO Box 5000
AntigonishNSB2G 2W5
Phone: (902) 867-3960
Fax: (902) 867-3907
Toll-free: 1-866-820-7835

The Coady International Institute:

The Coady International Institute has been promoting community self-reliance since it opened its doors to education leaders from around the world over 40 years ago.

Established by St. Francis Xavier University in 1959, the Coady International Institute is world-renowned as a centre of excellence in community-based development.

The Institute was named in honour of the Rev. Dr. Moses Coady, a prominent founder of the Antigonish Movement – a people’s movement for economic and social justice that began in Nova Scotia during the 1920’s.

Over the past four decades, the global reach of the Institute has grown immensely. Nearly 4,000 development organization leaders from over 120 countries have taken part in the Institute’s campus-based programs.

Today, the Coady’s community cooperation approach is more relevant than ever. The next decade will present enormous challgneges to oganizations engaged in development work.

Global economic reform, political restructuring and technological change are redefining the environment in which the Institute and its development partners work. The need for innovative and effective strategies for building civil societies and addressing issues of poverty and injustice has never been greater.

The Coady is able to remain at the forefront of innovation within the field of community-based development by adapting and evolving to meet the changing needs of development practitioners.

The Institute is a learning organization dedicated to identifying, developing and disseminating knowledge on effective development practice.

As a leader in the study and practice of community-based development, the Coady provides relevant programs that help others make a positive difference in their own communities.

The Coady Institute is committed to:

Working on the ground with partner organizations around the world to help them strengthen their ability to educate and train local development workers.

Providing programs for young Canadians that encourage them to become active global citizens.

Developing a global shared-learning network of development organizations.

Collaborating with some of our global partners to initiate a new distance learning program that will increase access to our educational programs.

Programs: Canada-Based Education Programs:

Diploma Program: Community-Based Development

Certificate Programs:

Advocacy and Networking

Adult Education and Community-Based Development

Community-based Microfinance

Community-Based Resource Management

Community Development Leadership – A Certificate for Women

Management of Development Organizations

Managing NGO Resource Centres

Participatory Approaches to Development


Public Education

Global Partnership Program

Youth Program

Coady Lectures

Conference Presentations

Learning & Innovations Institute

New & Evolving Ideas



Occasional Papers


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