WHAT WE DO
RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Research and development at ARDP aims toreinvent the North through ideas by developing innovative solutions to the North’s most daunting challenges. From addressing its political, economic and social needs,ARDP’s work is grounded in empirical data, rigorous research and thoughtful analysis.
ARDP combines its experience and well-collected evidence and analysis to create programmes, campaigns and initiatives to improve the livelihood of its target audience.
ANTI ‐ CORRUPTION & SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY PROJECT
ARDP is undertaking anti-corruption and social accountability project in the 19 Northern States, with focus on Borno and Zamfara States, of Nigeria.
This project which is presently funded through MacArthur Foundation support grant will enable ARDP to support leadership by civil society and communities including their community based organizations to engage in advocacy on anticorruption and social accountability in the areas of education and electricity in which government at the levels of Local Government Councils and State Governments as well as anticorruption agencies will be engaged to deepen anti-corruption and accountability across the 19 Northern States.
MacArthur Foundation through this grant is helping to strengthen organizations that give “voice” to underrepresented communities most impacted by corruption and lack of accountability in the policymaking and implementation processes.
DEVELOPMENT OF PROCESSING TECHNOLOGY FOR SHEA BUTTER IN NIGERIA
One of the objectives of ARDP is to grow industrialization especially in agro-allied areas of the Northern States of Nigeria. Shea Nuts from the locally available shea trees were identified as important economic products across many states but which lack technology for their processing and value addition. Production presently is by traditional methods which are grossly inefficient, with low capacity. Most of the nuts are therefore exported raw to neighbouring countries in the ECOWAS region and beyond. No factory exists in Nigeria processing the nuts to Sheabutter, unlike Burkina Faso, Ghana etc.
Technical studies were therefore commissioned by ARDP and the financial feasibilities are being carried out. Medium scale plant of 4 Tons/day shea-butter utilizing 10-12 Tons/day of nuts has been identified as very viable. Total investment is in the region of N100.0 million. ARDP shall soon hold an Investors Forum (Minna, August 14th 2017) with potential private sector businesses to facilitate the establishment of these pioneer factories.
ARDP is also addressing the complete value chain by bringing support for the shea tree propagation, nuts collection by rural women, butter processing into end user products for the cosmetics and the food industries in Nigeria and overseas. This will surely bring about women empowerment, employment generation, foreign exchange earnings, climate change mitigation and other opportunities.
ARDP newsletter is a vehicle for disseminating knowledge-based information to the public. The aggregate objective is to aid the people of the northern part of the country with the scientific information that would assist them in being positive change agents to their respective communities.
The ARDP Newsletter is the forum by which members of the project and other stakeholders interact to translate cutting-edge knowledge into concrete political and socio-economic programs for the overall progress and development of the North and Nigeria.