Duncan is fundraising

Eastbourne Half Marathon for Coda International Training

£20.00 + £5.00 Gift Aid = £25.00
Donated to Duncan’s £200.00 Goal

Duncan’s story

Please help us to reboot Coda International and to get the organisation off to a great start providing support to three excited Digital Citizenship projects in Southern Africa.

I am running the Eastbourne half marathon with my good friend Tony Roberts. Tony co-founded Coda International way back in 1989 and served as Director for an amazing ten years running projects in Nicaragua and South African with funding from the UK Department For International Development (DFID) and the National Lottery. When he left in 1999 to found Computer Aid International the team that took over Coda and ran it up until 2018 did an incredible job, expanding to new regions with support from Comic Relief. Last year they decided to hand the reins back. Tony was appointed Chair of Trustees and they have put together a great new team of volunteers who are preparing to reboot Coda International in 2019.

To get things restarted we are raising funds to enable us to provide support to three exciting digital development projects:

  1. Constituency Watch Zambia: using Facebook as an organising tool for citizens to engage with local politicians and hold them accountable to communities.
  2. Health Enabled South Africa: using mobile phones as an organising tool for citizens to demand essential health services through the People's Health Movement.
  3. Treatment Advocacy Literacy Campaign: using text messages to send appointment reminders and health literacy messages from and to People Living With HIV in Zambia.

Please help us to raise a little seed money to reboot Coda International so that we can then mobilise resources for people's movements like the three above how are using digital technologies to organise people's collective action for transformative social and political change.

All funds raised will be passed to the charity irrespective of whether my target is reached, not reached or exceeded.


Coda International Training

Welcome to the CODA International Wonderful giving page.

CODA International, has been working for over 30 years to contribute to social change by supporting organisations in the Global South which work to protect human rights and address structural inequalities. We are keen to work with: 

• Organisations which work to support those deprived of their rights and also work to address the structural causes of deprivation and inequalities. 

• Organisations which have a bottom-up approach. They take a collaborative approach to supporting others, sensitive to power relations and a deep understanding of the needs and context of different communities and individuals. 

• Organisations which use technology as a means, not as an end. This means technology is used to amplify reach and social change where it can be effective, rather than using it in isolation from the needs and context.

Our values include self-determination, solidarity, trust and participation – working to support members of a community, with their collective initiatives and knowledge of local conditions, where people are able to use their skills to work for a better future.

One example of such an organisation is TALC (Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign), a leading Zambian user-led HIV organisation, who we have worked with to set up an innovative pilot project using mobile technology to support people living with HIV, funded by UKAid.

TALC's ‘END AIDS portal' used text messages to deliver information to approximately 50,000 people living with HIV across three Zambian provinces. Lack of information about antiretroviral (ARV) therapies and side effects from the treatment can result in some people missing critical doses of their live saving medication. 

The 'End AIDS portal' is staffed by TALC members, who are also living with HIV, trained to respond to questions by text. This important pilot provided an easily accessible, anonymous resource to support people living with HIV and help them to take ARV medication regularly.

Registered Charity Number: 1000717.

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