Our Mission

To improve the lives of the underserved, particularly children and youth through evidence-driven practice.

Our Vision

A development practice that meaningfully engages communities and is informed by research evidence that appreciates local knowledge and resources

Our Core Values

  • The primacy of human and living rights
  • Accountability to people including children Youth and our Staff
  • Social Justice and Equity
  • Critically Reflexive Practice
  • Partnership with others
  • Integrity in all our work
  • Living consciously with the environment

About Nascent RDO

Nascent Research and Development Organisation (Nascent RDO) is a non-governmental organization working in the Eastern Africa region with offices in Kenya and Uganda. We also work through partners in Tanzania and Ethiopia and other parts of Africa. A key agenda of Nascent RDO is to facilitate a more meaningful engagement between interventions and communities and enable development practice that is respectful and inclusive of local perspectives and knowledge.


Community members including women and young people participate as both users of, and active contributors to knowledge thereby promoting inclusive interventions and enhancing sustainability. Research is a key component of our work and an avenue through which we seek to provide evidence-based practice on how local perspectives play a key role in sustainable development.


We aim to highlight the nexus between theory and practice underscoring how research and practice are not dichotomous but strengthen each other. Nascent-RDO researchers have extensive experience in different fields and cultural contexts at national, regional, and international levels. We also have affiliation with an array of researchers in many countries in the region and beyond.


A key agenda of Nascent RDO is to facilitate a more meaningful engagement between interventions and communities and enable development interventions and practices that are respectful and inclusive of local perspectives and knowledge. Community members including women and young people participate as both users of, and active contributors to knowledge thereby promoting inclusive interventions and practice and enhancing sustainability. Research is a key component of our work and an avenue through which we seek to provide evidence-based practice on how local perspectives play a key role in sustainable development. We aim to highlight the nexus between theory and practice underscoring how research and practice are not dichotomous but strengthen each other


Why is our logo a Pumpkin?

Our Pumpkin logo is a trope for a people’s history, culture and social embededness.

The late Okot P’Bitek, an African author and poet drew from the Acholi culture to use the metaphor of the pumpkin and stated, “the pumpkin that grows in the old homestead must not be uprooted.” For too long, development in Africa has been the story of the west and our indigenous knowledge has been uprooted in favor of western/global models. The color is green, a symbol of the environment, and the context is a defining feature of our programs.

What we do

Our areas of research include but are not limited to: Children and Youth issues including children and youth policy. (Youth) Sexual and Reproductive Health, Education, Poverty, and (Child) Social Protection, Community Development, Gender Analysis, and Program Monitoring and Evaluation.