Global Change Leaders Program is a seven-week educational program offered by the International Center for Women’s Leadership at COADY International Institute. It enables women in developing countries to strengthen their leadership skills to promote innovation and change in their organizations and communities. Program participants engage in experiential learning focused on key thematic areas of Coady. In a learning environment that is shared with other young women leaders from around the world, participants learn from a variety of experiences and begin working with a lifelong support network.
Global Change Leaders Program offers successful candidates a scholarship that includes tuition, travel, accommodation, and meals. Successful participants are responsible for the costs associated with obtaining a visa to enter Canada.
Program participants benefit from advice and guidance from women leaders in Canada and around the world. The program is managed by a core group of teachers from the International Center for Women’s Leadership with the support of other Coady teachers and partners.
Eligibility for Global Change Leaders Program
The program is aimed at women leaders from developing countries involved in development issues. These are women who…:
- They have at least five years of experience in leading socio-economic development in sectors such as livelihoods or inclusive economic development, food security, the environment, access to education and health, governance, women’s political participation and the rights of girls and women.
- They will immediately return to their communities and sectors of the economy, following the program to put the knowledge gained into practice.
- Have a strong impulse and passion for their work, manifested in their outstanding contribution to their organizations and communities.
- Have a strong sense of commitment to their work.
- Have a strong sense of belonging to their communities
- They are specialists in civil society organizations, including community and non-profit organizations, or work in public or private institutions, donor/philanthropic institutions, social movements or social enterprises/enterprises;
- Have a university degree or a combination of higher education and experience; and
- Have a good command of spoken and written language in English.
Applicants must be from a country eligible for official development assistance.
For the period up to 2020, priority will be given to eligible applicants who identify themselves as indigenous peoples in their respective communities.
Schedule and Components of the Program
For 2020, the Global Change Leaders Program has two main components:
- From June 1 to July 17, 2020: A seven-week intensive on-site course at the Coady International Institute in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, that promotes a collaborative relationship between facilitators and participants to learn lessons and ideas from their rich and diverse experiences. It is about:
- A core module, in which participants focus on leadership theories and core competencies, gender-based analysis, citizenship and power, practical understanding of these concepts and their application to women leaders in their context, capacity building for social innovations, building partnerships in a multi-stakeholder environment and improving skills for asset-based and citizen-centered development.
- Emphasize gender-sensitive approaches to social, political and economic empowerment and community development, including legitimacy and accountability in governance structures, building resilient communities and strengthening inclusive economies.
- A final module in which participants develop an action plan on how they will take their new learning home to provide leadership within their organization and community and continue to work towards the empowerment of other advancing women.
- September 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021: Participants will receive individual coaching from experienced women leaders when they return home for up to six months to follow the practical application of the learning. Mentors and mentees will be supported during the residency period according to their specific needs and geographical location. Participants will also join a global network of former student leaders.
Process of Selection and Deadline
- The Coady Institute will begin reviewing applications on November 22, 2019. Due to a large number of applications expected, the first review will take place during most of December.
- Pre-selected candidates will be contacted to participate in an online Skype-to-Skype interview or zoom call by the end of December. Interviews will take place the week of January 7, 2020.
- Successful candidates will be notified on or about January 20.
- Once notified, applicants must obtain their visa for Canada by April 30, 2020.
Successful candidates will receive further travel and planning instructions once selected.
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