Local Innovation from India to Nova Scotia

ANTIGONISH, NOVA SCOTIA – An expert in Inclusive Economies has begun sharing experiences of the Global South during the Covid-19 pandemic in a series of essays entitled Stories of Community Resilience and Entrepreneurship. Written by Coady Institute’s Yogesh Ghore, the essays examine innovative solutions being developed by Coady graduates, partners, and others in the Global South. Ghore has worked internationally supporting economic development in South and Southeast Asia, Africa, North America and the Caribbean.

Coady Institute, located at St. Francis Xavier University, has been working with community-based organisations for the last 60 years supporting leadership and knowledge building that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship at the community level. Many of Coady’s graduates (more than 9,000 change leaders/social entrepreneurs from 133 countries) and partners across the world are at the frontlines during this global pandemic.

As Canada enters yet another week of the Covid-19 pandemic, Coady Institute has reached out to our alumni and partners around the world to see how local communities are coping with and responding to the crisis. We have found a lot in common, we also found some interesting – and inspiring – differences. These are the stories that we are not hearing about in our regular newsfeeds.

Two essays, co-authored with Coady program associate Farouk Jiwa, 20 Million Face Masks and What’s in Your Basket are now available for publication. The essays will be a part of Coady’s Covid-19 webpage where alumni updates are being curated.

Ghore is a senior program staff in the thematic area of Inclusive Economies with Coady. He facilitates the institute’s educational and training programs, research and knowledge building initiatives, and capacity strengthening efforts globally including the Livelihoods and Markets, Social Enterprise, and Future of Work programs. With new partnerships, including that with the StFX’s Centre for Employment Innovation, Coady is connecting global and local by providing opportunities to strengthen learning and innovation internationally and here in Nova Scotia.

As a practitioner and educator, Ghore has more than eighteen years’ experience working on inclusive and sustainable economic development programs globally. Ghore started his professional career at the grassroots in central India, implementing World Bank’s sustainable livelihoods and rural development programs. He designed and implemented community-based projects for improving access to water, finance, infrastructure, and building community institutions.

He holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) Degree from Columbia University, New York; Post Graduate Diploma in Forest Management from Indian Institute of Forest Management; Bachelor of Engineering from Government Engineering College Raipur, India; and a Certificate in Livelihoods and Markets from Coady Institute. He is also a recipient of the Ford Foundation’s International Fellowships Program (IFP).

To book an interview with Yogesh Ghore contact Brian Lazzuri, Coady Institute Manager of Communication and Marketing 902.714.3871(cell) or blazzuri@stfx.ca.

About StFX’s Coady Institute
Established in 1959, Coady Institute is committed to accompanying generations of global leaders skilled in the application of citizen-led, asset-based, and community-driven leadership for economic and social change. Located in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People, on the campus of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Coady Institute includes a network of leaders in 133 countries globally.