COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT SERVICES ALLIANCE
Who We Are
CODESA is an intercultural organisation started by people who have experienced extreme poverty, hunger and destitution and have survived to tell our stories and help others move out of poverty, create wealth and grow local and national economies. We are an intercultural organisation and use the concepts, principles, practices of Interculturalism to better engage local communities and stakeholders to address poverty and deprivation from a common perspective. More Details….
What We Do
We emphasise entrepreneurship and wealth creation at the grassroots, rather than “sustainable livelihoods”, which perpetuate poverty and deprivation. We identify and tackle the root causes of poverty instead of merely touching the symptoms. We provide infrastructure support, advice and resources to catalyse local development initiatives, and partnerships to build or strengthen capacity to tackle poverty, hunger and deprivation. More Details….
What You Can Do
No individual or organisation can eradicate poverty and hunger in the world. That’s why we open our doors to everyone who is concerned about poor people’s plight to come on board. There are several roles you can play: trustees, fundraisers, volunteers, etc. If you are an individual facing poverty, you can gather members of your community together and we will be happy to help. More Details….
We have a vision for a fairer society in which people live without fear of deprivation and hunger and children look to a bright future with hope, joy and expectation of happy lives. Embroidered in this vision are the following:
• Central and local governments implementing pro-poor policies and legislation
• Good governance, anti-corruption, respect for human rights and rule of law
• Local participation in the policy and development processes
• Strengthening leadership, and empowerment of women and young people
• Strong civil society capable of catalysing sustainable development
• Allocation and support for civil society interventions for sustainable development initiatives
• Systems and processes to strengthen local adaptation and resilience
• Sound base of ecosystem services, and conservation of biodiversity
We translate our vision into action through the work we do with migrants; ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum seekers in the United Kingdom and Belgium and grassroots communities in Ghana and South Sudan.
We adopt a people-centred approaches to sustainable development, through:
We offer interdisciplinarty services to meet needs of different clients and service users.
Our Team Members
Dr John M Atibila (BSc Hons/Dip Ed; MSc Agroforestry; PhD Environment/Sustainable Development)
- Director of Operations, Research Partnerships & Development Impact;
- Leads research innovations and partnerships linking academia and private sector;
- Participates in partnership design and development that incorporates effective engagement and development impact;
- Negotiates and signs coorperation, collaborative and partnership agreements;
- Participates in development research and undertakes impact assessments;
- Peer reviews partnership proposals to strengthen case for support and development impact.
- Secretary and reports to Board of Directors and Trustees;
Mr Paul J. Lancaster (B.Ed; MA Global Leadership)
Director/Chairman of Board of Directors;
- Coordinator of INTERACT, a Division focusing on intercultural leadership, development and management;
-Coordinates Intercultural Leadership & Management Levels 3 & 5 Training
- Leads World Cultures Street Festival
Dr Barbara Omoro-Deschilder (BA; MA; MSc; PhD Business Management)
- Programme Manager in CeReCoCo, a Division focusing on building organisations and communities capacity to adapt to change and build strong, resilient and cohesive systems and economies;
- Coordinates all programmes related to Health Outcomes of the Global Goals (SDGs).
Ms Yvonne B-A Peprah (BA Hons; MA International Relations
- CODESA Company Secretary;
- External Relations Manager, linking INTERACT and CeReCoCo activities;
- Adminstrative contact for general enquiries;
- Local/Minority Communities and Faith Organisations Links Person.
Ms Aminata Bamba (BSc Economics; MSc Development Economics & Policy)
- Development Impact Manager of CeReCoCo
- Undertakes M & E to assess Social & Economic Impact of Development Research & Projects
Mr Chijioke John Ojukwu (BA: International Relations; MA: Global Affairs)
- Community Services Officer (Brexit) in CeReCoCo, a Division focusing on building organisations and communities capacity to adapt to change and build strong, resilient and cohesive systems and economies;
- Information sharing
- Radio discussions
- Family visits/drop ins
- Information management
- Brexit documentation
- Community engagement