Policies, programmes and interventions designed to reduce inequalities, alleviate poverty,improve welfare, and empower the vulnerable groups in our society are increasingly being implemented in an environment characterised by multiple demands on increasingly constrained budgets.

We believe that these interventions should demonstrate effectiveness and cost‐effectiveness in order to justify the demand, create public awareness, inform efficient resource use and donor funding decisions, and promote transparency and accountability in policy‐making. Cost‐effectiveness also ensures sustainability and value for money.

We also believe that every individual and household in communities targeted for interventions is a stakeholder in the development process. Their inclusion cannot be overemphasised. Inclusiveness in the development process gives host communities sense of ownership of the interventions and ensures that the intended impacts are sustainable into the future. We are guided by these principles in our research activities and in the consultancy services we provide to clients, including funding agencies.

This is amplified in our core values:

  • Collaboration and mutual support
  • Engagement
  • Inclusiveness and empowerment

Effective collaboration and mutual support are required for active engagement and dialogue between policy makers and other stakeholders including intervention communities. Succinctly stated: collaboration for mutual support, inclusion for empowerment.


  • To be a leading think‐tank for evidence based policy development and empowerment in Sub‐Saharan Africa.

Mission Statement

  • To contribute to the evidence base for the effectiveness and cost‐effectiveness of policies, programs, and interventions to reduce poverty, improve welfare, and empower the vulnerable groups in our society.

Our Goals and Objectives

  • Our central goal is to promote evidence‐based approaches to free market policies and aid development policy‐making for programs and interventions to reduce poverty, improve welfare, and empower the vulnerable groups in our society. Our core objective is to strengthen implementation and delivery of these interventions, using rigorous policy oriented research to inform their effectiveness and cost‐effectiveness.

Our core activities include:

  • Policy Makers
  • Research and consultancy in experimental (randomised control trial) and non-experimental impact evaluation of programmes and policies that; target the main causes of poverty (e.g. education, health), empower (e.g. entrepreneurship), improve welfare (e.g. social protection);
  • Use high quality research output generated to inform, advocate and engage policy- akers and other stakeholders to improve the lives of the poor and the vulnerable groups in our society; and
  • Design and facilitate empowerment training workshops and seminars: to strengthen the capacity and capability of individuals, especially women, elderly, and disabled to enhance their inclusion towards poverty reduction through economic activity, and their decision making roles in their immediate households.

Members of Research Network

  • Femi Obembe, PhD (Economics), IEBDEM and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile‐Ife.
  • Daoud Balogun, PhD (Public Administration), IEBDEM and University of Malaya, Malaysia.
  • Chukwuma Agu, PhD (Economics), University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Olusegun Sotola, MSc (Political Economy), IPPA and IEBDEM
  • Adaku Ezeibe, PhD (Agricultural Economics), University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  • Thompson Ayodele, MA (International Development), University of British Columbia,Canada.
  • Ngozi Ihuoma Ibeji, PhD (Finance), University of Northampton, UK.
  • Kehinde Omotosho, MSc (Economics), IEBDEM and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile‐Ife Nigeria.
  • Mrs. Olanrewaju Onyitan – CEO, W-Holistic Business Solutions, Nigeria

Executive Team

  • Dr. Damilola Olajide – Coordinator for Impact Evaluation
  • Dr. Rufus Akindola – Coordinator for Poverty Alleviation
  • Dr. Daoud Adekunle Balogun – Coordinator for Reform of Institutions
  • Dr. Femi Obembe – Coordinator for Capacity Building and Empowerment
  • Dr. ngozi Ihuoma ibeji – Private Sector Development
  • Mr. Olusegun Sotola – Coordinator for Field Survey and Data Collection.
  • Mr. Wole Akanle Lateef – (FCA) Accountant
  • Mr. Ajayi Temitope – Advocacy and Policy Engagement
  • Mrs. Aderonke Olajide – Secretariat

Meet Our Board of External Advisors

Erudite economist;

Former Vice Chancellor, University of Uyo;

Former member of the Board Central Bank of Nigeria;

and Currently Director-general, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management.

  • Development Economist,
  • Board member, African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) Network;
  • Former board member African Economic Research Consortium; and now
  • Executive Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

  • Environmental Economist;
  • Advisor to the African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) Network,
  • Dean of Graduate School, University of Calabar, Nigeria.

  • International Health Economist, and Staff Associate, Institute for International Health &Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Scotland, UK.
  • He worked at Aberdeen University for many years and has been an IIHD Associate since 2009.
  • He has worked in some 15 different countries, especially in West Africa and South Asia.

  • Head of Department of General Studies, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Federal University, Oye Ekiti State (FUOYE).
  • Dr. Rufus holds PhD in international Development from the prestigious University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • He is a renowned expert in social policy and bottom up approach to poverty alleviation.
  • He has previous field engagements with AusAID and Oxfam Australia, and academic engagements in the University of Wales UK, and Norton University Phnom Penh,
  • He is a member of Senate FUOYE, and Member of Pre-Degree, Research, and Examinations Committees.

  • CEO Initiative for Public Policy Analysis Lagos, Nigeria.
  • IPPA is a sister organisation to IEBDEM.
  • IPPA won the 2005 Templeton Freedom Awards for Institute Excellence from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation USA and has ranked in amongst influential and top 25 think‐tanks in Sub‐Saharan Africa for 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014.

  • Principal Architect/CEO Studio3 Architects, Lagos Nigeria.
  • Chartered Architect and a leading member of the Executive committee, Nigerian Institute of Architects.
  • With over 23 years in the field, his organisation has successfully completed many architectural designs in Ekiti, Lagos and Ogun States.