Brianne Peters

Senior Program Staff
Asset-based and Citizen-Led Development

Brianne Peters facilitates the Coady Institute’s overseas and Canada-based educational offerings in Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development. She also manages the Coady Institute’s action research partnerships in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa and Ghana. She is tri-lingual and has co-authored a series of case studies of citizen-led development in French in Haiti and Canada. More recently, she has facilitated several ABCD courses and program design workshops in Spanish in Bolivia and Peru. As part of this work, she has produced publications, tool kits and evaluation reports, documenting and sharing on-going learning and feeding this learning into curriculum, workshops, and conferences. Prior to coming to the Institute, Brianne worked for Oxfam Canada in Ethiopia and in the Human Rights and Participation Unit within Policy Branch at the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). She holds a BA in Development Studies from St. Francis Xavier University, and an MA in International Affairs from the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University.


Fuchs, L. E., Peters, B., & Neufeldt, H. (2019). Identities, interests, and preferences matter: Fostering sustainable community development by building assets and agency in western KenyaSustainable Development, 27(4), 704-712. (StFX access)

Peters, B. (2019). ABCD Google Map: Building Assets and Agency: lessons learned from around the world.

Landry, J., & Peters, B. (2018). Assets on the right(s) track? Reflections at the intersection of human rights-based approaches and asset based and citizen-led development (Innovation series no. 19). Coady Institute. (1.92 Mb pdf)

Mathie, A., Alma, E., Lee, N., Peters, B., & von Lieres, B. (2017). Pathways towards political and economic agency: A synthesis of findings from five scoping studies (Innovation series no. 6). Coady Institute. (606K pdf)

Peters, B. (2015). Humility and audacity: The story of Vivre Saint-Michel en Santé.  In A. Mathie, & J. Gaventa (Eds.), Citizen-led innovation for a new economy (pp. 28-47). Practical Action. (StFX access)

Mathie, A., & Peters, B. (2014). Joint (ad)ventures and (in)credible journeys evaluating innovation: asset-based community development in EthiopiaDevelopment in Practice, 24(3), 405-419. (StFX access)

Peters, B. (2014).  Investing in community-driven development: The case of the Woodford library. Coady Institute. (1.96 Mb pdf)

Peters, B., Mathie, A., & Legesse, S. (2014). Testing an asset-based community-driven development approach: 10 years of action research in Ethiopia: A reflection paper for the 2013 IDRC Canadian Learning Forum. IDRC. (752K pdf)

Coady Institute. (2013). “If change should come, we should bring it:” Stories of citizen-led development in Haiti. Coady Institute & the Haitian Centre for Leadership and Excellence. (2.23 Mb pdf)

Eliasov, E., & Peters, B. (2013). Voices in harmony: Stories of community-driven development in South Africa. Coady Institute. (5.75 Mb pdf)

Peters, B., & Eliasov, E. (2013). Compendium of tools for asset-based community-driven development facilitators. Gordon Institute of Business Science & Coady Institute. (4.25 Mb pdf)

Martin, M., Peters, B., & Corbett, J. (2012). Participatory asset mapping in the Lake Victoria Basin of Kenya. URISA: Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, 24(2), 45-55.

Peters, B., Eaton, S., & Mathie, A. (2012). Building on what we have: Activating assets for community-driven development (a trainer’s manual). Coady Institute & the Self-Employed Women’s Association.

Peters, B., & Legesse, S. (2012). Applying an asset-based community development approach in Ethiopia, 2003-2011: Final internal evaluation report. Coady Institute. (9.02 Mb pdf)

Peters, B., Gonsamo, M., & Molla, S. (2011). Capturing unpredictable and intangible change: Evaluating an asset-based community development approach in Ethiopia (Occasional paper series no. 10). Coady Institute. (8.72 Mb pdf)

Peters, B. (2010). Per diems: To pay or not to pay? That is the questionStrategies. Coady Institute. (557K pdf)

Peters, B., Gonsamo, M & Molla, S. (2009). Applying an asset-based community development approach in Ethiopia: Mid-term evaluation report summary. Coady Institute. (4.48 Mb pdf)