Strengthening Local Economies

Economic growth alone is no longer a viable indicator of progress.  Achieving more equitable wellbeing, and increasing citizens’ ability and access to engage in sustainable livelihoods is a more meaningful measure of a society’s economic success.

Economies begin at the local level where people work and live. Economies are part of culture, they are shaped by what we do and value and what we aspire to.  Inclusive economies work towards reducing inequity among citizens and allocating resources to improving human wellbeing and creating sustainable prosperity.

The Coady Institute promotes approaches to  strengthening local economies by making them more inclusive. The Institute accomplishes this through education programs that promote women’s economic empowerment, community-based microfinance and livelihoods and market strategies that enable local economies to gain greater input into, and benefits from, local production. The Institute also works with local partners on the ground to develop, test, and share innovations that can strengthen local economies around the world. These innovations continuously feed into new curriculum for our education programs.

Citizen-Led Sustainable Change

Over 150 community development practitioners, policymakers, researchers and funders from the U.S. and Canada met to share insights and explore 11 case studies of successful citizen-led and community-driven developments in both countries during a major forum hosted by StFX’s Extension Department and the Coady International Institute.

The forum, entitled Citizen-Led Sustainable Change: Innovations in North American Community Development, took place June 23-25, 2013 at StFX’s Gerald Schwartz School of Business and the Coady Institute.

Case study authors and community leaders gathered to share best practices among a wide range of development practitioners, researchers and policymakers from across North America, along with intermediaries and funders who support community-driven social and economic innovations.

For more information on the case studies, please click here.

Here we’re limited by the time we have. We don’t have anything but happy trees here. Little trees and bushes grow however makes them happy. We’ll paint one happy little tree right here. Just beat the devil out of it.

Just let this happen. We just let this flow right out of our minds. This is where you take out all your hostilities and frustrations. It’s better than kicking the puppy dog around and all that so. Isn’t it great to do something you can’t fail at?

Education Programs

Economies begin at the local level where people work and live. Economies are part of culture, they are shaped by what we do and value and what we aspire to. Inclusive economies work towards reducing inequity among citizens and allocating resources to improving wellbeing and creating sustainable prosperity. Coady`s certificate courses in Mobilizing Assets for Citizen-Driven Development, Livelihoods & Markets and Community-Based Financial Inclusion provide a comprehensive package of specialized skills and knowledge for anyone who aspires to be a change leader in this thematic area. Each individual certificate also stands on its own and enables participants to learn practical knowledge and skills for specialized work in this field.

The Coady International Institute’s education programs are highly participatory courses designed to deepen the understanding and effectiveness of leaders working in these areas. A wide variety of presentation, case study, and experiential and participatory education methods are used in the programs. The programs give leaders the opportunity to share ideas and to exchange experiences with global peers, to benefit from the expertise and field experience of skilled facilitators, and to gain insight and inspiration from innovations and relevant action research from around the world.