Shelagh Savage

Associate Director, Partnerships & Organizational Learning

Shelagh Savage joined Coady International Institute in June 2009 – returning to Nova Scotia after years of working internationally and in Ottawa. As Associate Director of Strategic Partnerships and Organizational Learning, she is responsible for strategic support to partnership programming and educational design in order to enhance Coady’s development impact. This involves collaboration with key donors and educational partners; coordination of strategic planning, management of the monitoring evaluation and learning strategy & staff, management of youth programs as well as research, design and facilitation of  Coady Certificates and short courses in “Re-thinking Partnership”.

Shelagh offers a commitment to the power of transformational adult education in the areas of: innovative international programming (Country Director, WUSC Sri Lanka) Volunteer Cooperation (Executive Director, VSO Canada), Peace-building (Deputy Director, PRET Sri Lanka) and Youth programming.

With a strong belief that coalition building and collaboration is essential to influence positive change, Shelagh has worked in partnership with communities and civil society organizations in South Asia, East Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean as well as with governments and UN organizations such as ILO, UNOCHA and UNICEF. She has also been active in Canadian civil society networking through national board memberships and local community organizations.

Recent publications include work on Community Participation and Conflict Management as well as Facilitating Transformative Leadership Learning and Equitable Partnership. Shelagh has a BA in International Development from Dalhousie University, a certificate in Community Based Conflict Transformation & Peace Building from the Coady International Institute.