Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange

CHLE and the Coady Institute captured the stories of five exemplary communities that demonstrate inspiring leadership.  These stories provide a taste of the curriculum that CHLE has developed for its leadership education programs, research activities and awareness-raising events.
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Lamontagne: A decade ago, Lamontagne was a typical rural community, suffering from a decline in the agricultural sector and a severe “brain drain” of its young people. In 2004, twelve young men, who had left Lamontagne to obtain higher education and employment, decided to come back home. These young men have shown how to create quality education, employment, and housing in rural areas and that it is possible to create prosperous and viable towns in the countryside of Haiti.
Palto: This story traces one woman’s journey to becoming a business woman and shows how economic empowerment can lead to the creation of other types of power for women over time. In Palto, women now take leadership roles alongside their husbands, while men actively participate in the activities initiated by the women involved in this movement. Women now feel united, supported, and capable of taking action to improve their households and broader community.
San Yago: This is a community of active and organized citizens.  These citizens have solid relationships with supportive local government officials.  While it is still early days, this video presents a mutually-beneficial partnership model for Haiti, and a starting point for discussing the spaces that exist for citizens and government officials to collaborate.
Cité Soleil: In 2003, a group of young men and women founded a movement called Soley Leve (Rising Sun): just as the sun rises in every part of the world, so too are there people organizing to do things for themselves.  Together, members have rebranded their neighbourhoods through art, music, community gardening and street-cleaning. Members creatively drew inspiration from the historically rural tradition of “konbit” – the pooling of community resources to reach their goals, which has allowed Soley Leve members to bring their ideas to scale.
Bailly: This video explores the introduction of an alternative governance structure in the remote rural community of Bailly in Northern Haiti. This new way of organizing has challenged the traditionally centralized way in which decisions were made in Bailly and has resulted in several community-wide benefits as well as the emergence of a more dispersed leadership style.