About Us

The Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD) is a non-governmental, non-profit making and non-partisan organisation dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge through research that is multi-disciplinary, gender sensitive and geared towards building a just and democratic society in Nigeria. The CRD was formed in 1995 but incorporated as a TRUST in 1996. Since this time the CRD has intensified its activities of promoting research and generating knowledge on social movements and related problems of development.

The principal activities of the CRD are research and documentation. Others are dissemination, training and education through seminars and workshops, publications, organizing research teams and awarding fellowships and concerned with advocacy. CRD researches aim to be theoretically and methodologically innovative, multi-disciplinary and gender sensitive. There is also the commitment to the development of a democratic and just society – in which the human rights of all citizens are guaranteed regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, sex or class. CRD is engaged in larger collation with other NGOs in Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), Electoral Reform Network (ERN), and Citizens Forum for Constitutional Reforms (CFCR), Network for Women Studies and Nigerian Social Forum among others.

CRD implementation strategy involves Thematic Workshops, Policy Dialogues,DatabaseBuildingtied to research projects, and Rainy Season (Damina) School for Post-graduate Students working in areas, which fall within CRD research themes. So far over 200 post-graduate students have benefited from the Damina School since 1997. The CRD also implements it projects and programmes through its network of researchers and consultants based in almost all the universities in the country.

Several projects have been undertaken. They were funded as grants/contracts from The Ford Foundation, SAREC/SIDA, Swedish NGO Foundation For Human Rights, MacArthur Foundation, World Bank, UNICEF, Global Rights, European Union, National Endowment For Democracy, National Democratic Institute and ENABLE; a DFID program. These include the following:

  • Cross-border trade and parallel currency market.
  • 5 studies of non-farm activities in rural Nigeria.
  • Capacity Building Program for NGOs/CBOs in Northern States of Nigeria
  • Civic Education Project in North-Eastern part of Nigeria
  • Voter Education Programmes and Advocacy in North-eastern States ( Borno/Yobe)
  • Voters’ Education in Kano Central Senatorial District
  • Students’ Movement History in Nigeria
  • Women in Nigeria Research Project
  • Conflict Management and the Media in Nigeria
  • Credible Electoral Administration in Nigeria
  • Democratic governance and Citizenship in Kano State
  • Vigilante Groups and Conflict Prevention in Traditional Kano
  • Situational Analysis and assessment of Child Trafficking in  Kano , Jigawa, Yobe, Borno, Adamawa and Taraba States
  • An Assessment of  the Perception of the Public on the Workings of Democratic Institution in Kano State (1999-2009)
  • 2009 Africa NGO Sustainability Index-Nigeria.
  • 2010 Africa NGO Sustainability Index-Nigeria
  • 2011 Africa CSO Sustainability Index-Nigeria
  • A Membership Survey of the Kaduna Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KADCCIMA). 2010
  • A Survey of Processors Experience with NAFDAC Registration in Kaduna State (KAPCO) (2010).
  • A Survey on the Socio-economic Benefits of Kachia Grazing Reserve to Pastoralists in Kaduna State.
  • Civic and Political Education in Katsina and Jigawa States (On-going)
  • Adolescent Girls in Northern Nigeria: Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship Opportunities Assessment (On-going)

The CRD is incorporated as a Trust with three Trustees constituting the Board of Trustees. Other organs of the CRD include the Research Advisory Committee, and the Founding Members who constitute the Annual General Meeting–the supreme organ of the CRD – the Governing Council, and the Management Committee.

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