Who are we and what do we represent? Who are our consultants and how could you be involved in what we do? Check out our history, mission, vision, consultants, advisory board and other useful information.
What is CCoLA?
CCoLA is a foundation that promotes collective learning and action. Our interdisciplinary team consists of inspired, innovative and highly qualified consultants experienced in
- Community building;
- Inter- and intraorganizational learning;
- Academic research;
- Project management;
- Business and organizational development;
- Process facilitation.
Our dynamic structure enables us to provide high-quality, efficient services. We have gained firm foothold with the aid of our worldwide partner network. CCoLA is registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce as a foundation.
CCoLA was founded in April 2013 by Joseph Seh.
Joseph used to work at PSO, an association of Dutch development and humanitarian organisations aimed at promoting capacity building in developing countries, program manager and later as knowledge manager in the field of Migration and Development. After the dissolution of PSO in 2012, together with some enthusiastic colleagues & partners (Bruno Fon, Anthony Ong’ayo) with whom he facilitated collective learning within the development sector. The value added of CCoLA arose out of the need to continue the work on collective learning, knowledge development and community building that was led by Joseph within PSO.
The primary idea to start CCoLA was to create a place where communities, networks and cooperatives could learn from each other; a place where communities’ inspiring practices are promoted; a place where communities’ managers share and exchange their practices. By providing the room to communities to learn and to take collective actions, CCoLA as a community consultancy itself has the ambition to promote the learning and the social business enterprise culture in its internal human resources, organizational system and procedures.
Vision and Mission
CCoLA envisions communities that have the capacity for and commitment to collective learning and action. These communities are resilient and benefit from sustainable development. In these communities, social structures and institutions provide the satisfaction of basic human needs such as subsistence, security, identity, understanding, and participation.
The mission of CCoLA is to promote, support and facilitate community-based collective learning and action. We work to create new knowledge about the benefits of collective learning and we further emphasize effective, efficient & collective action in addressing community or organization challenges. We believe that collective learning and action creates ownership of social change processes.
CCoLA is governed by 3 main organs: the Board, Advisory Board & Pool of Consultants.
Our target group
Our definition of ‘community’
The communities that CCoLA works with are identifiable groups of people who share common purposes and needs and aspire to organize for collective learning and action. This could be a geographical community (neighborhood, village, city, state); a community of practice or learning; or an identity- or interest-based community.
Contact us in case you are
• A community, network or cooperative active in a specific field;
• A professional or researcher interested in communities and collective learning;
• A community manager with the wish to create a learning and action community.
CCoLA partners with communities by:
- Providing experts who coach and train communities;
- Developing tools and training modules on collective learning for communities;
- Facilitating the design, implementation and evaluation of collective learning – resulting in collective action;
- Facilitating intra- and interorganizational learning and development;
- Lobbying and promoting collective learning and community building;
- Facilitating knowledge exchange between communities;
- Providing up-to-date resources on collective learning and community building;
- Conducting research on collective learning and communities.
The organisation for internationalisation in education
Building flourishing communities
African Studies Centre
Netherlands-African Business Council
i Plus Solutions
universal access to essential medicines
The Municipality of Kribi, Republic of Cameroon
Centrum Media & Gezondheid
communication for social change
Association Guinéenne pour le Développement de la Santé, Conakry – Guinea
Youth & Women Community Development Training Centre, Uganda
Our legal information
The Centre for Collective Learning and Action (CCoLA) is registered at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce as a non-profit organisation.
Registration number (KvK Nr.): 57717710
Bank account number: NL 83 RABO 0146730364
Anti-Spam Policy Read More
Director: Joseph Seh Junior
Joseph has a special eye for the human side of organizations and prefers personal attitudes, knowledge and skills as a starting point for interventions. Joseph is known to be committed and enthusiastic about his work, congenial and community-oriented; a visionary and innovative thinker, capable of seducing people out of their daily habits into working together. He masters the art of rallying support for his projects and activities, both inside and outside an organization.
After an impressive career at Cordaid and PSO (an organization concerned with capacity building in developing countries) in the field of migration and development, Joseph founded CCoLA in early 2013. It is due to the skills acquired over several years in the sector that he has quickly built CCoLA into a flourishing organization with a pool of dedicated consultants. As the head project management and chief consultant for CCoLA, he fulfils his ambition to help communities become successful, lively and thriving.
Interim Secretary: Lucie Timmers
Lucie’s career is characterized by its diversity and has a quite an adventurous side to it as well. Starting out as a temporary employee in an administrative function, she developed her skills as an executive secretary and later as a freelance secretary while studying psychology. After working for many years in the medical and non-profit sector (eg. The Dutch Heart Foundation), she changed the course of her life and went to work in the field of commercial sailing, at first as a sailmate and later as a skipper. However, psychology continued to attract her attention, so she completed her studies at the University of Leiden in 2006.
Her thesis, a study on illness perceptions in dialysis patients, led to a publication in “Health Psychology”, a leading academic journal of the American Psychological Association. Since 2006, Lucie has been working at the psychotrauma department of PsyQ, a national mental health institution.
Treasurer: Eric Ntchao Nounga
Eric Ntchao Nounga was born in Cameroon where he graduated with a Bachelor in Economic Policy, then moved to the Netherlands and further completed his academic endeavour with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in addition of four years Business Administration brought to completion with a Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA). Over the last 10 years, Eric has worked as a financial professional in various tasks and since January 2013 as Financial Controller Iberica and France for Lely Industries in Maasluis.
Recently Eric started to work with various institutions involved in the development and the promotion of good practices in developed countries and CCoLA fits perfectly into that perspective with the organisation’s commitment to collective learning and action. As member of the board, Eric’s main objective will be to bring a steady and reliable financial structure into CCola in order to professionalise and sustain the organisation to better faced the challenges ahead.
Expert Conflict Transformation & Peacebuilding: Davin Bremner
Davin Bremner has 25+ years experience in conflict transformation and peacebuilding and has lived in the Netherlands since 2005. He was involved in community conflict resolution and all aspects of the South African political transition, including the South African Peace Accord structures while living in South Africa from 1990-95. He facilitated an action-research project on conflict prevention in post-Soviet Georgia from 2000-2003. He has been a facilitator, mediator, trainer or researcher in Sierra Leone, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, the Basque Country of Spain, Georgia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Moldova, Azerbaijan and researched UN peacekeeping missions in Cyprus, Croatia and Bosnia.
He advised the United Nations Environment Program on conflict sensitive implementation of environmental assessment in the Niger Delta, Nigeria. He has taught undergraduate and graduate university courses on conflict resolution in the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Senior Consultant Migration & Development: Antony Otieno Ongáyo
Antony Otieno Ong’ayo is a consultant with Centre for Collective Learning and Action (CCoLA) since its establishment in 2012 and is responsible for Policy Research and Development.
Otieno Ong’ayo is a political scientist by training and has been a Researcher at the International Development Studies, Utrecht University where he undertook research in the fields of Migration and Development, Diaspora engagement, and participation; Conflicts and displacement in Africa and Civil society engagement in China-Africa relations. He taught courses on The Changing World of International Relations at Amsterdam University College and a course on Digital Culture and Society at Tilburg University. Since 2013 he is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Webster University, Leiden where he teaches the following courses at the graduate level: Research Methods and Perspectives; Politics of Development; Theories of International Relations; Political Inquiry; International Organisations; International Non-Governmental Organisations; Africa Area Studies.
Consultant: Melvina Abrahams
Melvina is a graduate of The Hague University of Applied Sciences and completed her Bachelor Degree (LL.B) in International and European Law with majors in Human Rights and Public International Law. Her research explored issues such as forced marriage relationships, female genital mutilation, human and child trafficking as well as issues pertaining to sexual violence.
As South African, her heart is geared towards giving back to underprivileged communities. Through her professional career, she has been instrumental in organizing and facilitating different community projects such as projects focused on women empowerment, training teenagers in life-skills as an after-school care project as well as HIV/Aids training and education through tools such as drama and song.
Consultant: Jean Séraphin Kepguep
For more than 10 years and guided by his personal slogan, “let’s make the world a better place through inclusive business”, Jean-Séraphin has earned the reputation for providing skilled and practical guidance as a business consultant, supervisor in engineering solar energy powered products, as speaker and guest lecturer in various European and African universities and as coach in inclusive business and doing business in emerging markets. He is a recognized authority on engineering & entrepreneurial solutions for improving quality of life in remote communities.
Embracing the core values of social entrepreneurship, innovation, and development, Jean-Séraphin is a 3-time nominee for Entrepreneurs without Borders competition and award winner of the year 2015 edition. He is an award winner of the ABNAMRO Summerschool Entrepreneurship 2009 and nominee of Accenture Innovation Awards with his invention: Solar Energy Sharing Station for last miles community.
Consultant: Hakeem Gibril
Hakeem Gibril is a healthcare professional with a background in laboratory medicine and a postgraduate degree in Medicinal Chemistry (Drug Discovery) from the Leiden Institute of Chemistry (LIC). Over the years, Hakeem has worked in several roles in both pharma and biotech companies. He worked at Genzyme Europe B.V. with the future leaders’ onboarding program where he was first a Drug Safety Associate in Orphan Drugs (Gauché and Pompé diseases) and then later as a Clinical Research Coordinator (UK, Germany and Sweden ) for a phase III trial (951 patients) on Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Subsequently, Hakeem worked as Medical Information Officer (MIO) at Janssen Biologics – a Johnson & Johnson company with special focus on two therapeutic areas; Immunology and Gastroenterology. He was a therapeutic area specialist for the immunology franchise in charge of Rheumatoid arthritis, Psoriatic arthritis, Psoriasis, Osteoarthritis and Ankylosing spondylitis.
External Consultant: Simon Koolwijk
Simon Koolwijk is a trainer/ facilitator in facilitating video storytelling. His work is focused on guiding groups, composed of different stakeholders, to make their own film for assessing impact, monitoring and evaluation. Simon has worked in more than 20 countries, mainly in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Sectors demanding Simon’s services are focused on local governance, environment, human rights development, agriculture, water-, health and sanitation and development of social infrastructure. Simon’s motto in life is: “If people discover their path to their passion, then miracles will come through!”
External Consultant: Eefje Gilbert
Consultant Inclusive & Sustainable Rural Development: Monica A. Onyango
Ms Monica has a wealth of experience in inclusive and sustainable community development anchored on social research, education and participatory development initiatives. She is thus familiar with inter-disciplinary development packages on project management, building capacities, and participatory methodologies. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Egerton University- Kenya and a Masters’ Degree in Development Studies from Erasmus University -Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands, with a specialization in Agricultural and Rural Development.
Monica’s extensive experience amassed from her interaction with both National and International development agencies. She has previously worked with Catholic Relief Services, World Vision International, Concern Worldwide, CORAT Africa, and Maseno University before venturing into freelance consultancy services.
As a consultant, she has facilitated capacity-building initiatives to community development organizations, networks, coalitions and CBOs and government line ministries. She has been involved in the development of project designs, Strategic plans, project implementation support, assessments and participatory Monitoring and Evaluation processes paying specific attention to gender, HIV and AIDS and environmental issues.
More on Monica? Read her complete profile
Consultant: Clarisse Fouda
Clarisse Fouda is a dynamic and diligent legal mind. She obtained her LL.M International & European Law from the University of Groningen. After accumulating a varied but rich experience in different areas (legal and communication activities), she now specializes in tax law and is a believer in the legal empowerment of individuals. The concept of collective learning in that regard is a revolutionary and innovative way of sharing knowledge. Within Ccola, Clarisse will focus on providing CCoLA with the needed legal information to materialize different projects and if need be recommend specialist external counsel.
Interested in being part of our internship, mentorship or peer review programme? read more about the programme and the work of our interns: http://projects.ccola.cc/facilitation-mentorship-peer-review/