About Us

Welcome to 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.

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.

We believe that young people are owners of important knowledge and research should not just be about them but with them. When it comes to understanding the needs and perspectives of young people, a peer-to-peer-oriented approach in research is our niche. In collaboration with the International Institute of Social Studies, we are well known for our innovative ‘circles of support’ framework in working with youth peer researchers. In this model, a youth researcher is nestled within a supportive ecology of other experts including teachers, our organizational researchers as well as other international collaborators. We have implemented youth peer research models in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. In terms of giving and hearing the voice of the marginalized, we also ensure nobody is left out, in this regard, we have worked with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth as peer researchers in getting perspectives on their sexual and reproductive health

Meet the Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals.

Aurelia Munene

Aurelia Munene

Executive Director

She is a professional with over 15 years of experience in gender, research, education, health, and social development. She has been involved in the coordination and implementation of development, research, policy, and humanitarian projects.

Alice Kainda Kilonzo

Alice Kainda Kilonzo

Program Officer

She holds a degree in Gender and Development Studies from Kenyatta University, a certificate in Leadership skills, as well as vast knowledge in Sexual Reproductive Health Research and Gender Studies.

Dr. Susan Wandera

Dr. Susan Wandera

Education Advisor

She is an experienced education professional with over 25 years of specialized expertise in curriculum studies in formal, informal, and non-formal dimensions.

Annah Kamusiime

Annah Kamusiime

Senior Programs Manager

Annah Kamusiime is a Director of Programmes at Nascent RDO, she is a social development worker with over 15 years’ experience in social development, advocacy, and research.

Barbra Ongodia

Barbra Ongodia

Programme Manager – Child Protection

She holds a Masters in Human Rights from Uganda Matyrs University and a bachelor’s degree in community psychology from Makerere University, I am have taken leadership in Developing research conclusions on Child Participation in Uganda for the Joining Forces coalition in Uganda.

Natumanya Mercy

Natumanya Mercy

Child Protection Officer

She is a social worker with 5 years’ experience in social development, training, advocacy, community mobilization, and research. Her experience includes community mobilization and sensitization especially on issues of children’s education, child labor, child protection, and children and youth abuse and exploitation.

Agan Robin Raymond

Agan Robin Raymond

Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning Officer

His qualifications are (Economics and Statistics) and his field of expertise is in statistical packages like Advanced Excel, SPSS, EPIDATA, STATA and Proficiency in basic computer operations especially in MS Word, MS Excel, Access, and Powerpoint.

Ariao Grace Immaculate

Ariao Grace Immaculate

Child Protection & Child Rights Specialist

She is a Social Worker who is highly trained in Gender and Development, children’s rights, social administration, Human Resource management, project planning, and management, creative, focused, good at community mobilization, community development she is loyal to the community and to the people she works with. Grace holds a bachelor’s degree in Arts in Social Sciences with a major in Women and Gender studies from Makerere University Kampala.

Lukwagana Charles

Lukwagana Charles

Accounts Assistant

He is a graduate Accountant with over 4 years’ working experience in the Accounting discipline/Accounts-related areas. His experience includes Financial Management, Budgeting, Budget Monitoring and control, NSSF and PAYE Processing, Cash books and Ledgers maintenance, knowledge with the Accounting systems like Quick Books and Tally among others

Stephen Adol

Stephen Adol

Project and Communication Officer

Stephen has a media and communication background and is a Project and Communication Officer at NRDO. He produces content, including publications and reports, which communicates the organization’s activities and services. He is also a researcher in diverse fields including; sexual and reproductive health, youth affairs, and community development.

Purity Kimuli

Purity Kimuli

Project Assistant

Purity is a junior researcher, administrator, and Project Assistant at Nascent RDO Kenya where she currently is working on Adolescents’ Perception of Healthy Relationships (APHR) a project that has been active for the past 4 years (2017-2020). She is also in charge of the Organics 4 Caregivers project in Busia and Siaya, which is providing livelihood skills to caregivers and many of the caregivers are young mothers.

Musoke John Patrick

Musoke John Patrick

Project Officer

He is a social development worker with 8 years’ experience in social development, training, Advocacy, community mobilization, and research. His experience includes community Mobilization and sensitization especially on issues of children’s education, child labor, child protection, and children and youth abuse and exploitation.

Our Partners

PartnerProjectProject Time
The International Labour Organization 2020-2021A study on Labour demand and supply in the coffee value chain in Uganda: Implications for child labour and social finance services.2021
International Institute of SocialStudies, Erasmus University
Rotterdam
SET: SRHR, Community of Practice at
Sub national level
2019
CivicSource AfricaFunctionality of networks in VAC2019
Hivos Foundation Eastern Africaand Netherlands
SCL-From Child labour to school-Lubya2017
Hivos Foundation Eastern Africa
and Netherlands
SCL-GDtB Resource agency2017
Hivos Foundation Eastern Africa
and Netherlands
SCL-Chair of SCL platform2017
Hivos Foundation Eastern Africa
and Netherlands
Organizers of the Conference for Stop
Child Labour Global Campaign
2017
The Council for the Development
of Social Science Research in
Africa (Codesria)
Research on Sexual and Reproductive
Health for Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Youth
2016
Hivos Foundation Eastern Africa
and Netherlands
SCL-From Child labour to school-Kasubi2015
Bugema University Uganda (BU)Course on Research, Writing and
Publication
2015
International Institute of Social
Studies, Erasmus University
Rotterdam
Alumnae ISS Refresher workshop2013
International Child DevelopmentInitiatives (ICDI) and ISSRighting The Future: South-South
Collaboration and Capacity Building for
Universalizing Secondary Education For
Girls in Africa
2013
Uganda Technology and
Management University Uganda
(UTAMU)
RTF, Research support 2013
International Institute of Social
Studies, Erasmus University
Rotterdam
Operations and Formative Research on
Comprehensive Sexuality Education
program (Keep it Real
2013
International Labor Organization
(ILO)
Documentation of Good practices for
Integrated Area based Approach in
Elimination of Child labour,
2012
The Bernard van Leer Foundation,
The Hague, Netherlands
Early Childhood Development Learning
Community (ECD-LC)
2009