who we are
The organization exists to help communities living in informal settlements overcome poverty and secure lasting improvements in the quality of their lives.
To alleviate poverty through helping communities acquire skills, knowledge, confidence, resources and a voice to lead local action and achieve constructive change.
An informed citizenry which actively participates in social, political and economic issues
At the heart of KCODA lies Community Journalism. The founder team was keen on promoting community journalism. They could not help noticing that the few times Kibera featured in the media it was in a negative light-covering the many ills that are evident in this vast informal settlement. They felt the need to tell its story from an insider’s point, a need to say to the world that there is more to this slum than just utter poverty, violence and other ills that its best known for.
The purpose of Community Media is to enable KCODA develop strategic engagement in establishing and maintaining information flow between service providers and locals in the Urban Slums in Kenya. This will bring together local residents, government agencies, religious institutions, schools, service providers, the civil societies and private sectors through constructive use of communication technologies to build and enhance development at the local level. Community media also set a platform for debate on the direction the development agenda of their communities and how to go about it.
KCODA intends to establish a complete Information Resource Centre, which will house a Community TV Station, Cyber Café (Digital village center), Community Radio Station, Newspaper and Blogs as key sources of information and communication. Already we have a running newspaper-Kibera Journal, which is published monthly. We currently have a website and an online TV channel called Kibera News TV and in the process of running a full community media house.
We are also developing software for community reporting, with the use of mobile phones. This we believe will enhance community participation in the content development of what goes on air or online. The same software will allow the communities to access information through their mobile phones; this is aimed at enhancing community awareness and participation on governance, anti- corruption and better service delivery.
Building Local Democracy
Without good governance reliance on trickle down economic development strategies like Constituency Development Fund, and Local Authority Transfer Fund, would definitely not work. Poor management of resources and revenues can instead of lifting communities out of poverty but leave them entrapped in cycles of poverty.
For the past two years under a program known as Building Local Democracy KCODA has been sensitizing community members in Lang’ata district on the existence of the devolved funds and how best they can take part in the identification, prioritization and monitoring projects financed by the devolved funds. Through this engagement KCODA has been able to establish community institutions like the oversight/watchdog committees, community monitors, community paralegals/change agents, TOT in governance and civic education who monitors and inform the community on the status of projects funded by the decentralized funds, and mobilize the citizens to participate in budget hearing meetings, Local Authority Service Delivery Action Plan (LASDAP) meetings and in the Task force on devolved funds hearings.
On June first 2010, KCODA organized an international Good Governance Festival at the Kibera DC grounds which brought local and international musicians to sigh and advocate for good governance, this platform helped in sensitizing the citizens on the draft new constitution and distribution of copies of the same. This is a festival that is intended to be held annually.
Anti - Corruption Programs
Under the theme of making local government accountable, KCODA has been sensitizing Community members on local (petty) corruption and how it affects service delivery. During the past one year KCODA has conducted a number of activities touching on Anti - corruption at the local level. This culminates in organizing the Anti Corruption Youth week on the First December 2009 with a key focus on Corruption in education Sector especially primary schools, health and water.
KCODA has been working with its paralegals/change agents to fight local corruption using SMS interphase to report on incidents of corruptions in the public service provision. The change agents mobilize and train community members on the use of SMS interphase in reporting incidents of corruption they encounter their day to day lives as they access public services.
KCODA took part in a Global Youth against Corruption Conference in, Belgium, Brussels May 2010, and is part of the Global Youth against Corruption Network.
KCODA also took part in the 14th International Anti- Corruption Conference in Thailand, Bangkok November 2010 , Transparency International and the International Anti corruption Council.
Education and Capacity Building
Education is a major tool in the fight against poverty. It aids escape from poverty and Poor access to affordable education traps individuals in cycles of poverty.
Education in this sprawling slum is in such a state, with the high population in the area majority of whom are of school going age bracket, are served with only three public primary schools, which are overstretched and cannot accommodate even half of the pupils. This has resulted to the sprouting of private non formal schools- which are badly constructed and lack the basics of what constitutes a school. The teaching staffs are unqualified. To make it worse since the government rates such school as non-formal, they do not benefit from the free primary education program.
KCODA through its monthly publication continues to highlight the challenges that education sector in the slum faces and using its community monitors looks into the issue of bursary and funds allocated for education to make sure they are put into their proper use.
KCODA has a capacity building program for hands on training of journalist in both print and electronic media. The journalists serve in KCODA’s media department, and most of them have found themselves working in other mainstream media houses.
KCODA prides itself in nurturing talents and preparing young people for the competitive job market in the media industry.
KCODA has a team of well trained paralegals and civic Educators. And in the process of implementing a civic education programme in which the civic educators identify already organised group and train them. The trained groups then train their members this creates a ripple effect for community at large. The topics covered are Human rights, Gender and Governance, democracy, management of public resource, nationhood and ethnicity among others.
Youth Empowerment Programmes
This is a new program that KCODA is partnering with Action Aid International-Kenya. It is meant to mainstream gender in all programs and fight girl child abuses through empowering the youth with entrepreneurial skill and reproductive education and facilities, ICT and Computer skills, Life skills, Mentorship.
Environment and Capacity Building
This Program entails educating the masses on the importance of keeping the environment clean and healthy. It focuses on concepts that will turn garbage and all forms of wastes which generate gas emissions (Carbon Emissions) into viable resources. It teaches majority the importance of nurturing the environment for future posterity, putting in mind that all resources, whether it is water, oil or the environment itself, are limited resources and that we should use them diligently so that whatever we have can last us for the longest time (Conservation) and finding ways to towards sustainability and development through the same wastes.
Giving a voice to the community
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