Eileen Alma

Director, International Centre for Women’s Leadership

Eileen Alma has held the position of Director, International Centre for Women’s Leadership at Coady Institute since 2013 and is a member of the Institute’s senior leadership team. In this role she has overseen the expansion of the Institute’s programming on women’s leadership and gender equality nationally and internationally, directly supporting more than 2,000 women leaders. Eileen has also guided the expansion of Coady’s programming for Indigenous women leaders and communities, leading to the growth of the team and development of the Circle of Abundance program initiative. She has successfully developed and managed major partnerships with a range of organizations in Canada and globally and currently oversees the Institute’s work on several significant key projects funded by Global Affairs Canada, other federal government departments and a range of foundations and private funders.

Eileen has 30 years of interdisciplinary experience in international program development, management, research and practice. Her work has covered several fields including: peacebuilding, conflict analysis and post-conflict reconstruction; migration and diaspora engagement; decentralization, local power and access to services; governance and state-building; and land access and rights. Prior to joining Coady Institute, Eileen worked with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) for twenty years, most recently as a Program Officer in the area of Social and Economic Policy.

Eileen is currently the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Cooperation Canada, a national organization representing more than 90 civil society organizations across Canada working in the international development and humanitarian sector. Locally in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, she is currently Board Chair for the Friends of the Antigonish Library (FoAL).

Eileen holds a Master’s Degree in Conflict Analysis and Management (ethno-political) from Royal Roads University, a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Royal Roads University and has undertaken graduate studies on refugee and migration issues at York University.

Selected Publications:

Buss, D., Katz-Lavigne, S., Otieno, A., & Alma, E. (2020). “Remember the women of Osiri”: Women and gender in artisanal and small-scale mining in Migori County, Kenya. Canadian Journal of African Studies, 54(1), 177-195. doi: 10.1080/00083968.2019.1677483 (StFX access)

Alma, E. (2019). Commentary: Women’s empowerment and addressing sexual and gender-based violence in the DRCAllons-y, 3, 45-47. (3.70 Mb pdf)

Alma, E., Johnson, P., & Gibson, S. (2017). Leading for change: Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute pilot program: highlights report. Canadian Women’s Foundation. (5.62 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 International Institute. (606K pdf)

Alma, E., Miller, V., de Montis, M., & Basnet, J. (2016). Women’s Political and Economic Citizenship in Lombok, Indonesia. Coady International Institute.

Najjar, D., Abubakr, F., & Alma, E. (2016). Gender roles and relations in the wheat production of Nigeria: Strengthening the participation of women. International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).

Najjar, D., Alma, E., & Abdalla, I. (2016). Gender roles in the wheat production of Sudan: Strengthening the participation of women. International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA).

Diochon, M., Mathie, A., Alma, E., & Isaac, S. (2014). Entrepreneurship among First Nations Women in the Atlantic Region. Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Secretariat, AAEDIRP. Final report (1.69 Mb pdf) & Fact sheet (689K pdf).

Budlender, D. & E. Alma (2011). Women and land: Securing rights for better lives. IDRC.