Coady Institute focuses on community-based development

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Since its founding more than 50 years ago the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University has made significant contributions to our local area, as well as the greater international community.

Since 1981, the federal government has worked with the Coady International Institute to advance its core objectives of reducing poverty and transforming societies by building strong, resilient communities with sustainable economies.

To achieve these goals, the Coady Institute shares and teaches new skills by identifying, developing and sharing knowledge on proven development practices. Through its focus on community-based development, it is helping others make a positive difference in their own communities. 

On Feb. 23, I was pleased to join St. FX President Dr. Sean Riley and Institute Director Dr. John Gaventa to announce the next phase of our productive and ongoing relationship. A contribution of $8.4 million over five years from the Government of Canada will help to continue this important work.

The “Investing in Leadership and Learning for Development Effectiveness” project will directly contribute to the training of more than 1,500 men and women from government, private sector, and civic organizations in developing nations in four key areas:

– Empowering women and girls as leaders;

– Supporting inclusive and sustainable economic growth;

– Strengthening communities by focusing on food security and natural resource management;

– Increasing democratic accountability.

These are values that all Canadians hold dear, and by helping developing nations improve their economies, promote equality, and become more transparent and accountable we are providing a brighter future for millions around the world.

In more than 30 years of partnership, the Government of Canada has invested more than $30 million in the Coady Institute. Over that time it has grown into an internationally renowned leader in development education. Both the Institute and its accomplishments are something residents of Antigonish County – and all Nova Scotians – can be proud of. It strengthens partnerships between our region and the international community and enriches our area in the process.

Our government is proud to partner with organizations and groups who seek to make life better for their communities both at home and abroad.


Peter MacKay is MP for Central Nova and Federal Justice Minister.

Organizations: Coady Institute, St. Francis Xavier University, Sean Riley and Institute Director

Geographic location: Canada, Antigonish County

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