The Coast Development and Empowerment Network (CODEN) is an organization of indigenous people from all the six counties at the Kenyan Coast. The counties include Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Lamu, Tana River and Tana River counties of the Republic of Kenya. These counties have diverse communities but with overarching similar problems that hinder rural communities from occupying their economic and academic space in the national space. CODEN is a community based organization founded in 2012 by a group of like minded professionals who are natives with an interest in the welfare of the communities living at the Kenyan Coast. The founders who have a wealth of skills and expertise in fields including but not limited to medical research, architecture, education, community development, public health, finance, and mass communication saw the need to work together with the locals and stake holders to achieve sustainable solutions to problems affecting their communities. Cumulatively the team has over 10 years’ experience in the statutory, private and community sector. Most of the pioneers were born, raised and educated at the Kenyan Coast so rightly understand the challenges facing the region. These professionals have managed to achieve success stories despite the underlying challenges and serve as perfect role models in their communities.
Currently CODEN membership consists of natives, friends from other regions including diaspora and partners who include organizations and corporations.
To establish and engage supportive networks that will empower rural communities towards self-sustenance.
To equip different communities with skills to improve their quality of life and create lasting positive change through permeating opportunistic lifestyle, promotion of healthy living and inclusive development approaches.
Our core values
Responsiveness, fairness, diligence, innovation
CODEN believes that challenges of a particular community can only be effectively addressed by the community itself through collective participation, networking and sharing of talents, resources and ideas. We believe the problems can be solved through inculcating the following principles:
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1. Knowledge is power: CODEN believes that ignorance has contributed significantly to the problems at the Kenyan Coast. Providing access to knowledge, information, training and mentor ship opportunities will empower the communities and transform their lives.
2. Teach a man how to fish: CODEN will provide training, sensitization, dissemination and mentorship programmes so that communities learn and acquire knowledge.
3. You vs Us. Your role, Our responsibility: CODEN advocates for pro-activeness in taking up self-responsibility as individuals and as communities. CODEN is calling upon all the coast communities to shed off the victim mentality and realize that time has come to get ourselves out of the mire.
To do this, CODEN has three flagship projects guided by the social pillar of vision 2030 that aim to improve the reading culture and literacy levels, health and sanitation and environmental responsiveness.
CODEN’s ROAD MAP
CODEN calls for a transformational approach: Our communities well being is our responsibility and solutions to our problems lie within us. In order to be effective in reaching out to the community, CODEN
1. Seeks for partnerships with National and County Governments.
2. Seeks partnerships with national bodies such as the Coast Development Authority
3. Seek partnership with other CBOs, NGOs, companies with CSR and others who have the welfare of the coastal communities at heart.
4. Align CODEN agenda with National and County Goverment programs.
5. Establishing networks with professionals, partners and funding agencies.