Boye Bandie vies for seat in Ghana Parliament
Robinson Dakubu Boye Bandie, Learning Organizations and Change '09,  finished second in his recent attempt to win a seat in the Ghana Parliament. Bandie was up against the incumbent Health Minister and three other candidates in the Nadowli-Kaleo constituency, Ghana Upper West region. Bande received 25.8 percent of the votes.

Coady grad receives national award
Fr. Augustine Savariraj, Diploma '10, and Director of Chetanalaya, received the Skoch Financial Inclusion Award for Low Cost Housing at a Jan. 5 ceremony in New Delhi. The award highlights best practices in the Indian banking and financial services sector that promote poverty reduction and inclusive growth.

Coady '88 grads Amy Ekdawi and Nader Tadros of Egypt

This husband-and-wife team took the six-month diploma program in 1988 and went on to successful careers in international development. Ekdawi manages the Middle East/Africa program at the Bank Information Centre. Tadros is Regional Program Director, Middle East and North Africa, with Solidarity Centre. Both co-facilitated Coady's new Good Governance and Social Accountability Tools certificate course in May 2012. Listen here.

Coady graduate Jagat Basnet (Dip 2001) and his organization, the Community Self-Reliance Centre (CSRC) in Nepal, were honored with the 2010 Farmer Voice Award by the Agricultural Learning and Impacts Network. The annual international award recognizes programs that promote farmer voice. CSRC leads a national land rights campaign with landless and tenant farmers in the country. As a result of CSRC’s efforts, the Nepali government’s land commission now includes a representative from CSRC and more than 13,400 petitions have been settled in favor of the landless and land-poor. In addition, more than 200,000 families have been reached through the group’s educational activities.

Jabulani Manombe-Ncube (Diploma, 1999) had a passion for and a keen interest in the work of disabled people’s organizations. He was a founding member of the National Council of Disabled Persons in Zimbabwe (a pioneering member organization of the disability movement, regionally and globally), and served as its Executive Director for nearly six years. He was also the founder/director of Development Initiatives and Services (DIS) a regional development agency now based in Gaborone, Botswana, which provides consultancy services to build the capacity of the disability movement in Southern, Eastern and Central Africa.

Alexia Manombe-Ncube (Diploma, 1999) was appointed by the president of Namibia as a non-voting Member of Parliament in 2005. She is a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committees on Human Resources, Social and Community Development; Standing Rules and Orders and Internal Arrangement; and Public Accounts. She is (or has been) the Chairperson the Namibia Association of Differently Abed Women; Deputy Chairperson (Women and Under-Represented Groups), Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled; Member of the National Council on Disability (Namibia), and Board Member of the Centre for Women in Leadership.

Salma Maoulidi (Diploma, 2002) is a lawyer, writer, human rights activist and development practitioner. She is the executive director of the Sahiba Sisters Foundation, a Muslim women’s network at the forefront of human rights advocacy in Tanzania. Building on a strong tradition of gender and social justice within the Islamic tradition, Sahiba combats all forms of discrimination against women, particularly how the application of Muslim laws in their communities affects women and girls.

Saloni Singh (Diploma, 1990), the executive director and founder of DidiBahini in Nepal, is active in rural women’s advocacy training. Her organization has been very effective in helping women maintain property rights after divorce and in getting women involved in the political process. DidiBahini created a national movement to demand for women’s meaningful participation in politics. As a result, the government declared a mandatory minimum of 20% of the seats for women at the local level.

Pulcheria Tuel (Advocacy, 2003) is the executive director of the Toledo Maya Women’s Council and is the only indigenous woman to be appointed to serve as a senator by the Government of Belize. She is a strong advocate for preserving the livelihoods of indigenous people in her country, grounded in respect for nature and community spirit, and a greater voice in the sharing and managing of common resources.

Barnaba Okony Gilo (Diploma, 2008) sent a message to the Coady International Institute to announce a remarkable achievement:

"It is only almost 18 months when we left our University STFX and the Coady International Institute in December of 2008. I would like to draw your attention today to the Sudan election. The leadership characteristics, skill and the knowledge that I learned from Coady has qualified me to be nominated and contest for 2010 Sudan election to our state legislative assembly. I won."

With those words, “Gilo” as he is known, has taken his leadership to a new level. Gilo credits his experience at the Coady, and the support he received from Coady staff and fellow participants, for his election win.

"I learned from you that words carry enormous powers, power to heal, power to speak truth - this became reasons of my success,” said Gilo in his letter. “That skill made me able to address my people for change and brighter future for all.”

In serving as a legislator, Gilo is also at the forefront of nation building. In January of 2011, South Sudan held a referendum on independence.