Community Development and Research Agency (CODRA) is a non-governmental and not-for-profit organization based in Bong County, Liberia. CODRA was established in 2009 by a group of Liberians who saw the need to empower communities to set their own development agenda and pursue a positive course of action that will lead them to finding their own solutions to their development problems.


  • Lasana Dukuly Executive Director
  • Lasana Dukuly Executive Director
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  • P.O. Box 19 3000
    Gbarnga, Bong County

Area of Expertise

  • Advocacy
  • Training and Capacity Building
  • Human Rights
  • Poverty Alleviation

Major Current Activities

Advocacy - CODRA works with Liberia’s CSOs consortium on natural resources management to lobby with the national legislature to amend Liberia’s budget law to give citizens, especially affected communities within concession areas, the space to participate in the management of the County Social Development Fund (CSDF). CODRA provides training and capacity building to youths and women’s groups so they can monitor and track CSDF projects.

CODRA is also advocates for Liberia’s national government to gravitate from sectoral budgeting to participatory budgeting to give citizens the space to advance issues affecting their welfare. The group is also we training youth and women’s organizations on monitoring the national budget to monitor track public expenditure and public procurement.

Research - CODRA’s research is based on statistical and data-based evidence Key research areas include: natural resources, agriculture, social issues, transparency and accountability, human rights, health, and education.

Development - CODRA’s development agenda includes a Civic Action Program that provides training on governance, advocacy, gender issues, and social accountability; a Gender Action Program designed to prioritize women’s issues to contribute to gender balance; and a Community Empowerment Program designed to empower people to set their own development agendas in their communities.