About beliefs and core values
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
- 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.
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 policyoriented 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.