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.


Peters, B. (2015). Humility and Audacity: The story of Vivre Saint-Michel en Santé.  In Mathie, A. and Gaventa, J. (eds.) (2015). Citizen-led innovation for a new economy. Halifax, Canada. Fernwood Press.

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

Peters, B. (2014).  Investing in community-driven development: The case of the Woodford library.  Antigonish, NS: Coady International Institute.

Peters, B., Mathie, A. & Legesse, S. (2014). Testing an asset-based community-driven development approach: 10 years of action research in Ethiopia.  International Development Research Centre.  Ottawa, Canada. Available from

Eliasov, E & Peters B. (2013).  Voices in Harmony: Stories of community-driven development in South Africa.  Antigonish, NS: Coady International Institute.

Peters, B & Eliasov, E. (2013). Compendium of tools for asset-based community-driven development facilitators. Produced by the Gordon Institute of Business Science and the Coady Institute.

“If change should come, we should bring it:” Stories of citizen-led development in Haiti
(video documentaries and cases). (2013). Produced by the Coady Institute and the Haitian Centre for Leadership and Excellence.

Peters, B., & Legesse, S. (2012). Applying an asset-based community development approach in Ethiopia: Final Evaluation. Coady Institute Research Report. Antigonish, Canada.

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

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, Gonsamo, M & Molla, S. (2011). Capturing unpredictable and intangible change: evaluating an asset-based community development approach in Ethiopia. Coady International Institute Occasional Paper Series, No. 10. Antigonish, Canada.

Peters, B. (2010). Per diems: To pay or not to pay? That is the question. Strategies. Antigonish, NS: Coady International Institute.

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