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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Coady continues to work toward reducing program fees through our scholarships. The table below outlines the program costs for 2018 programs.

Courses in Antigonish

4,600 CAD
Diploma in Development Leadership 18,350 CAD
Global Change Leaders 16,600 CAD

Overseas courses

 Community-Based Microfinance for Financial Inclusion: India
     (visit http://apmas.org/coady2017/ for more details)

2,000 USD

Livelihoods and Markets: Ethiopia $1,900 USD

Program costs are subject to change.

All successful applicants are responsible for the cost of travel.

Most qualified candidates receive a scholarship to assist with program costs. Please visit the scholarship page.