CODAP (Community Development Ambassadors Project)

CODAP (Community Development Ambassadors Project): Building resilience in vulnerable communities through sustainable development.

FCT-ABUJA, NigeriaFCT_ABUJA, Nigeria
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Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$100,000 - $250,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

CODAP develops youth capable of initiating, planning and executing sustainable development projects within vulnerable rural communities.
It utilizes the models of knowledge entrepreneurship and community research and development model to restore resilience in communities affected by insurgency.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if youth in vulnerable rural communities affected by insurgency in Nigeria can become changemakers capable of initiating, planning and implementing sustainable development projects capable of rebuilding the resilience of their communities?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The Nigeria Social Violence Dataset states that since July 2009, when the Boko Haram conflict escalated, at least 11,100 people have died on all sides of the insurgency. These statistics place the Boko Haram insurgency as one of the most significant conflicts in the world. The attendant effect on resilience has compounded the challenges of rural communities affected and they face a daunting task achieving the sustainable development goals.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Any discussion on sustainable development projects and resilience will always draw inspiration from the energy, creativity and capacity of youth within that area. CODAP's purpose is to train these youth in vulnerable rural communities with the capacity to initiate, plan, implement and monitor sustainable development projects within vulnerable rural communities and use that medium to build the resilience of such communities. The output of CODAP are sustainable development projects in vulnerable communities, youth that are change-makers and social innovators and resilient rural communities. The project has the capacity of creating a sustainable community based innovation system.


EESF Social Innovation Award 2015.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Danlami Jacob is seventeen and lives in the vulnerable community of Angwan Dadi, Nyanya, FCT Abuja; A community that has been burnt by the harsh realities of insurgency in Nigeria. His burning desire is to bring the youth in his community under a common purpose. He is a potential changemaker and with the training which CODAP offered him and his peers, he has been able to design, plan and implement a sustainable development project in his community and begin the process of community rebuilding after insurgency.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Three (3) change-makers in our pilot vulnerable community were trained as knowledge entrepreneurs over a duration of four weeks. The training which was very practical resulted in them (together with CODAP facilitators) designing, planning and executing a sustainable development project on health and sanitation in their community. This has began the community resilience rebuilding process in the pilot community. The full-blown proposed activity comprises of 5 sustainable development projects in that pilot community which will rebuild the resilience of the community and at the same time build the complete capacity of these changemakers turning them to full blown social leaders.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The primary target within 2016 is to extend this project to 10 communities within two identified vulnerable zone so that the team can understand all the variables and complete a solid pilot project. Then phase two (2) will be to spread the project to 50 vulnerable communities affected by insurgency within the next 5 years. The final phase which will cover five years after phase two (2) will be where the project will be spread to 50 more vulnerable communities affected by circumstances other than insurgency.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

At this phase of the project, CODAP has relied on crowdfunding and funding provided by our NGO partner at EESF. By year 2016, we intend to extend our financial partners to include the local elected representatives of these communities (senate and house of reps as well as local government chairmen). These persons have a vested interest and a budget which is capable of providing the needed funding support for the next phase.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Internationally, the UNDP has a crisis prevention and knowledge management structure. However, locally because of the hybrid approach of CODAP and its unique tools for dealing with the identified problem, it is alone in the field. This has created a unique opportunity for partnership and we are engaging local NGOs, churches, local governments, community leadership and sports bodies in our collective impact approach to the project.

Founding Story

As a development consultant, the founder and designer of CODAP, stumbled across a Harvard research on community resilience and executive functioning skills and its relationship to violence and insurgency. The knowledge transformed him and after watching helplessly as insurgency destroyed the resilience of communities in his country, he saw an opportunity and purpose to use the project to rebuild those communities in the aftermath of the insurgency.


The CODAP team consists of 3 community development lawyers (the founder inclusive) and an Education specialist as head facilitators. Ebere Ujam, The partner of CODAP and founder of Egunec Education Support Foundation (EESF) holds a BA. in Economics from the University of East London. She has a staff strength of 6 staff and they have experience in Education research, Entrepreneurship, and project management. The staff of EESF act as administrative and research support team. The volunteer team consists of undergraduate students of Bingham University (a private university close to the vulnerable community). The volunteer team is managed by a volunteer manager who is doing her National youth service with the university. On the basis of the pilot community, we have a solid team but moving ahead, we plan on partnering with the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) Nigeria to provide corp members who will volunteer with project as we expand to more vulnerable communities.
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Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

The project designer Albert Osegi is a futurist and human developer for the past 6 years. As a development consultant, he has been designing knowledge entrepreneurship projects for public schools, and NGOs within local communities for the past two years. He designed and developed the butterfly project for the butterfly mind initiative which developed the mind and entrepreneurial capacity of children. He also designed the Northern entrepreneurship rehabilitation project for Revivus Foundation. He also designed ECO-KEAPs for Probizy company Ltd. The project involves using practical means to equip young youths with the ability to harness society ecological imbalance so sustainable & sell-able projects can be created. The project is currently in its pilot phase. He has been and continues to be an active volunteer for community projects. He is also a mentor to young lawyers and law students with passion and interest for the development world.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

As a seasoned mentor and human developer who has been grooming young lawyers and law students for the past 6 years, my mentees from University of Abuja, Nigeria and Baze University, Abuja, Nigeria have been providing immense research support and volunteer pool for CODAP.

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