Coady Radio - The Development Podcast

Coady Radio - the podcast about leadership in community development. Interviews and stories about resilient communities, accountable democracies and local economies. Coady International Institute at StFX University has been educating development professionals from around the world since 1959.
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Apr 18, 2017

Mallah Talbot of Cameroon

Mallah Tabot, a double-graduate of Coady Institute, has been recognized as one of Cameroon's most influential young women leaders. She has won a Queen's Young Leader's award, and most recently, won a United Nations World Summit award for digital innovation. Her team at United Vision developed a popular sex education app for smartphones called Ndolo360. Mallah credits her Coady education for helping her continue to progress as a leader in her country.


United Vision organization:

Ndolo360 app website:

Coady Institute Certificate in Advocacy: Increasing Citizen Voice and Agency, October 26 - Nov 10, 2017:


Mar 13, 2017

Amanda Lindhout photo

2010 Diploma in Development Leadership graduate Amanda Lindhout talks about her kidnapping in Somalia, her award-winning book 'A House in the Sky', the value of International Women's Week, along with memories of her time at Coady Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Ms. Lindhout was interviewed by Olga Gladkikh.

Show notes:

01:00 The day she arrived for Coady's diploma program in 2010.

03:20 Why she started the Global Enrichment Foundation to educate women and children in Somalia.

05:46 Coady as "the best in Canada" for leadership education.

06:47 Her memoir: A House in the Sky.

10:30 The value of International Women's Week.

12:50 Who inspires her?

14:19 What we can do to address challenges in today's world.

15:45 What's next?

Upcoming courses

As mentioned in the podcast, here are the seven certificate courses being offered on campus this fall. Click on the course name to go to our website. The application deadline is March 31st.

Community-Based Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding (October 10 - October 25)

Community-Driven Impact Assessment  (October 10 - October 25)

Facilitation and Training Approaches for Community Change (October 10 - October 25)

Learning Organizations and Change (October 10 - October 25)

Action Research for Citizen-Led Change (October 26 - November 10)

Advocacy: Increasing Citizen Voice and Agency  (October 26 - November 10)

Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development (October 26 - November 10)

Jan 30, 2017

Yogesh Ghore, senior program staff at Coady International Institute, talks about research into market-based solutions to combat extreme poverty, especially among the disabled.

Ghore has teamed up with colleagues at the Institute of Development Studies (UK) and ADD International as part of a project funded by the Rockefeller Foundation's Inclusive Economies initiative. He recently returned from his second field trip in Uganda.

The project was also the topic of a blog post on Oxfam's From Poverty to Power site at



Dec 14, 2016

Coady Research Fellow Jaya Luintel has been using community radio in Nepal to amplify the voices of women who have been victimized by conflict.

Luintel was recently awarded the 2016 Tomorrow's Peacebuilders Award at a ceremony in London, England. Her Kitchen Story project was selected from among 244 applicants in 61 countries.

She sat down with Coady Radio host Richard Perry as she was preparing to return to Nepal. 

Nov 10, 2016

Senator Murray Sinclair, former chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, shares his hopes for the future with students, staff and faculty at St. Francis Xavier University and Coady Institute. Mr. Sinclair believes the federal and provincial governments need to catch up with the public when it comes to taking action for a stronger Canadian society. Recorded on November 8, 2016.

Oct 17, 2016

Renowned Indigenous artist Alan Syliboy talks about using his art for social change. Syliboy is the 2016 Coady Chair in Social Justice at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He is the first Indigenous person to hold the annual chair. Syliboy grew up in the Mi'kmaw community of Millbrook First Nation. This audio was recorded during his public presentation 'Art and Social Justice', on October 12, 2016.

Sep 27, 2016

Dr. Myrna Kay Cunningham Kain in conversation with Pamela Johnson of Coady International Institute and Amanda Meawasige, Coady graduate and senior health policy analyst with the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa, Canada. They talk about the value of shared leadership, and whether technology makes it easier to move away from traditional, hierarchical forms of leadership. Also, are traditional Indigenous forms of healthcare becoming mainstream?

Dr. Cunningham Kain is board chair of the Association for Women's Rights in Development, and former chair of the United Nations permanent forum on Indigenous Issues.

Host Richard Perry also promotes the upcoming Coady Celebrates fundraising event in Halifax and the December 5th application deadline for spring certificates and 2017 Diploma in Development Leadership.

Podcast length: 18:13

Aug 25, 2016

Richard interviews two Coady graduates, who are joining fellow alumnae and Coady staff at the AWID forum in Brazil, Sept. 8-11, 2016. Amanda Meawasige took the 2011 Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program, and now works for the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa, Canada. Raquel Helen Silva is a graduate of the 2015 Global Change Leaders program. She specializes in social entrepreneurship and works for Thomson Reuters in Brazil.

May 10, 2016

Pamela Johnson interviews disability rights advocates Steven Estey and partner Anne MacRae. Richard Perry speaks with Naela Refaat of Egypt, who worked with Coady on the Transparency and Accountability in Governance project, funded by the Ford Foundation.

Mar 28, 2016

Show notes:

00:00 Introduction by Richard Perry
01:00 International Women's Day (Week) events in Antigonish
02:37 Indigenous reconciliation in Canada
03:30 Coady Connects alumni learning network pilot
07:01 Coady and the Assoc. for Women in Development conference in Brazil
10:16 Upcoming women's programs beginning in spring 2016
13:31 Growth of women's centre since it began in 2011
15:18 Announcements by Richard
16:22 Ends


Feb 22, 2016

This month, the story of Adrian Adalberto Castillo, who graduated from Coady in 1963 and returned to build the co-op movement in Guatemala. His family was worried that he would return from Canada with blue eyes and would forget to speak Spanish.

Jan 25, 2016

In this episode, we discuss the release of Citizen-led Innovation for a New Economy. It contains eleven case studies of creative communities in Canada and the United States. In Canada and the USA, the book is available for purchase at
In other countries, it can be purchased online at

This book is edited by Alison Mathie of Coady International Institute and John Gaventa of the Institute of Development Studies (UK). It features 11 case studies from ethnically diverse settings in Canada and the United States.

More information:


Nov 13, 2015

Nadjet Bouda is a program officer with Equitas International, the human rights training organization. She recently graduated from the Re-thinking Partnership certificate at Coady Institute. Nadjet feels youth education is critical to fighting fundamentalism in the Middle East North Africa region. Read our online Q&A at

In part two, we hear Magalie Dresse of Haiti, also a Coady grad, deliver the keynote address at our annual fundraising gala in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The dinner raised funds that can be matched by the Government of Canada, for a total of $80,000 for future scholarships.

Oct 19, 2015

Wab Kinew is one of Canada's best-known Indigenous broadcasters. His father attended Coady Institute almost 50 years ago and went on to great success as a regional and national leader. Richard Perry spoke with Wab about his new book 'The Reason You Walk' and the time his father spent learning community activism at Coady. Also, staffer Pamela Johnson heads west and north to promote our Indigenous Women in Community Leadership program.

Aug 25, 2015

Senior program staff Yogesh Ghore of Coady International Institute discusses his Occasional Paper: Producer-led value chain analysis: The missing link in value chain development - a tool for effective engagement of small producers. The project draws on Coady's ten-year partnership with Oxfam Canada on asset-based and citizen-led development (ABCD). The entire document is available online in .pdf format at

Jul 20, 2015

Mr. Castillo is originally from Guatemala, Central America. Following his Coady studies in 1963, he returned to Guatemala where he worked diligently for 17 years establishing the vast majority of credit unions, until his family was forced to flee to the United States during the civil war.

This trip to Coady was for their 60th wedding anniversary. Later that day we presented him with a copy of his diploma, which he was forced to leave behind when he fled Guatemala. 

Richard MacKenzie of the Antigonish Casket newspaper and Coady's Richard Perry speak with Adrian Adalberto Castillo and Magda de Castillo. Translation courtesy of their daughter Pilar Castillo-Meier.

May 22, 2015

Tsigie Haile is founder and managing director of Women in Self Employment (WISE) Ethiopia. WISE is Coady's Ethiopian partner in the Government of Canada-funded project: Women's Leadership for Economic Empowerment and Food Security. She talks about the early days, types of training offered to women and girls, and how WISE uses credit and savings networks to improve the lives of women and girls.

Apr 13, 2015

Host Richard Perry speaks with Coady program officer Pamela Johnson and CWFLI graduate Indu Krishnamurthy about this unique educational partnership that supports women leaders in the Canadian not-for-profit sector. And StFX University students Asia van Buuren and Aaron Thornell are more than a little excited about their upcoming one-year venture as new OceanPath Fellowship participants.

Mar 17, 2015

Host Richard Perry talks with Anuj Jain, senior fellow, microfinance and development at Coady International Institute, StFX University. They discuss Coady's work with Oxfam's 'From Grove to Market' program in the olive sector and advances in the vegetable sector.

Feb 25, 2015

Host Richard Perry talks with Coady '11 graduate Fr. Shaiju Chacko, who helps coordinate a massive job training program for youth in India. He also contributes to a relief program that followed the monsoon floods of 2014. Also, Deborah Barndt describes a spring certificate offered at Coady - Integrating Food Justice into Community Programs.

Jan 17, 2014
Colleen talks about providing training in India, Ghana and Sierra Leone. "Well the work in India was very exciting because it was the first time we had gone overseas with this. We worked with the staff, volunteers and board members of the Association for Social and Health Advancement. We worked for three days to help them create their own assessment tool. After that we went to a very remote rural area and worked with a group of semi-literate women. The ASHA staff and volunteers we had trained did the process and it was phenomenal."
Jan 17, 2014
Colleen describes how the the CHIA tool is used for advocacy. "Recently I worked with two small groups around Antigonish where there was talk of closing their local schools . And we went through the process to assess what the impact would be on the health of their community if their school closed. We didn’t look at the benefits, because this group wanted to keep their school open. They were very surprised to find all the different ways that the school benefited their community that they hadn’t even thought about. It was a very systematic way of helping them. So they can use that information to go ahead and advocate."
Jan 10, 2014
Pamela Johnson, program officer with the International Centre for Women's Leadership at Coady Institute, is interviewed by CBC Radio Cape Breton about her new role at the Institute, and about upcoming programs in the Women's Centre.
Dec 6, 2013
Kodwa Tyiso, a graduate of the 2013 Global Change Leaders program at Coady Institute, reflects on the passing of Nelson Mandela. Ms. Tyiso lives in Praetoria, South Africa.
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