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