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Violeta Manoukian

Violeta’s pronouns are she/her

Violeta Manoukian is the Founder and CEO of Collaboration Works International, a consulting and training firm based in Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to launching Collaboration Works International she was the Founder of IN-PACT Group (International Participatory Alternatives through Cooperation, Training, and Trade), a consulting firm based in Ottawa, where she helped grow the field of holistic approaches to sustainable development fostering the participation of marginalized groups in projects and programs of international poverty reduction. 


Violeta has experience in participatory approaches that bring together a broad spectrum of stakeholder groups including international development donor institutions, federal and municipal local governments, communities, NGOs, academia, and the private sector. 


Her M.A thesis “Participatory Development: Paradigm Shift in Theory and Practice” sparked her ongoing passion for creating spaces where she can apply collaborative approaches to bring about systemic change and yield optimal impacts. Participatory research, participatory project/program design, and participatory monitoring and evaluation are among her specialties.


Carleton University

Ottawa, Canada

University of Colorado

Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.

Naropa University
Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.

1990. M.A. in International Affairs, Development Studies.
Thesis: “Participatory Development: Paradigm Shift in Theory and Practice”, approved “With Distinction”.

1984. B.A. in International Affairs, Development Studies. Multidisciplinary program comprising economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology.

1984. Certificate from Ngeton School of Higher Learning


“Financing through PRSPs: A Gender Perspective”, UN Women, 2012


Realities of Women and Children in the Democratic Republic of Congo, UNICEF/Kinshasa, 2009.

A Sourcebook of Poverty Reduction Strategies, Vol. 1, “Chapter 10 – Gender”, The World Bank, Washington D.C., 2002. Show Publication ➾


Asian Development Bank User’s Guide to Participation, November 2001 Draft.


Participatory Development: A Brief Review of CIDA’s Experience and Potential, in Participatory Development: From Advocacy to Action, OECD Development Centre, Paris, 1995. Show Publication ➾

Liberation in Action – Brazil’s Christian Base Communities and their Relevance to Development, in Liberation Theology and Socio-Political Transformation: A Reader, Simon Fraser University Press, 1992. Show Publication ➾

Participatory Development: Paradigm Shift in Theory and Practice, M.A. Thesis, 1990, Carleton University, Ottawa. Show Publication ➾

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