Our Research Portfolio

Our researchers have experience in working in English, Kiswahili, Luganda, and other local languages and with SPSS, STATA, Atlas.ti NVIVO, and other qualitative data analysis and other software. We have experience undertaking baseline Surveys, Feasibility Studies, Action Research, Operations, and formative Research, Monitoring and Evaluation, cost management and budgeting as well as skills in research ethics and data security. Our researchers and associates comprise a mix of social scientists, policy analysts, and economists including development economists. The researchers have extensive expertise in different fields and cultural contexts at national, regional, and international levels. 

Our past studies fall under the following broad themes: Poverty and social protection Research, the voice of women and youth in Coffee, Tea, and Gold mining value chains, Educational research,  Youth employment, and child labor, Early Childhood Care and Development, State-NGO relations in Social Development, and Youth Inclusion in Cooperatives in Africa and livelihoods.

Nascent RDO has experience in engaging various policy actors on policy and practice. We have in the past engaged the policy actors through workshops, validation meetings, mass media, preparation of policy briefs, high-level breakfast meetings, and other youth-focused advocacy strategies. 

Nascent RDO researchers are widely published in peer-reviewed Journals, blogs, books, and monographs.

Development of a Community Strategic Plan for Magadi Division, Kenya: 2019-2024- Project in Progress
Magadi Soda Foundation (MSF) is a community welfare organization instituted by Tata chemicals Magadi Ltd –a part of the Tata Chemicals group in Kajiado County, Kenya. Nascent RDO was contracted to conduct background assessment and facilitate the development of a renewed strategic plan for the 2019-2024 period.

Convenor and Coordinator of sub-national level Community of Practice (CoP) activities for a four-year project (2017-2020)Strengthening Education and Training Capacity for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Uganda.  This project is funded by the Dutch Government – The larger project is led by the International Institute of Social Studies, of Erasmus University Rotterdam and Makerere  University School of Public Health and other local and international consortium members. The COP  project is working with  84 community leaders in Kampala (Central Uganda) andIganga (Eastern Uganda).

Coordinator of the Learning  and funding hub Early Childhood Development Learning Community (ECD-LC)15 partners supported by  Bernard van Leer Foundation implementing Early Childhood Development Programmes in Uganda were part of community of practice. Nascent RDO also facilitated learning through biannual one-week face-to-face workshops with partners and online learning and international conferences.

Technical backstopping for Strengthening Education and Training capacity in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SET-SRHR 2017-2020)
In Uganda, a four-year project being implemented by a consortium of partners and led by the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.
Specific responsibilities include: supporting curriculum development and delivery of specified courses, support the research component, and handle other logistics.

Research and Chair of Community of Practice for Strengthening Education and Training capacity in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SET-SRHR 2017-2020).
Our main roles are to convene and coordinate the Community of Practice (CoP) activities at the sub-national level with a concentration in Kampala (Central Uganda) and
Iganga (Eastern Uganda) by supporting change-making projects implemented under the project as well as training leaders in SRHR.

Adolescent Perceptions of Healthy relationships in Tanzania (2017-2019)
This is a youth-led research implemented in Mwanza and Dar es salaam. The three-year project was a research and advocacy project that explored young people’s perception of healthy relationships. In the phase project unphased we carried out Quantitative research, qualitative research, and advocacy with 30  peer youth researchers who in turn worked with almost 2000 youth and other stakeholders in the community.  The project is funded by Oak foundation in the Netherlands and implemented together with the International Institute of social studies of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

Operations and  Formative  Research on  Comprehensive  Sexuality  Education program (Keep it Real 2013-2016): This was a research project led by youth peer researchers on a project titled Comprehensive Sexuality Education and implemented by saving the children in Uganda and Ethiopia with in-school and out-of-school youth in urban slums and rural communities in the different contexts. We implemented this research project in collaboration with the International Institute of social studies of the Erasmus University of Rotterdam with funding from Save the Children Netherlands.

Research on Sexual and Reproductive Health for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth in Kenya (2014-2015)

This was a two-year research, carried out with deaf youth peer researchers both with in-school and out-of-school youth in western Kenya. The research was funded by the council for social science research in Africa (CODESRIA)
Review of school re-entry policy for student mothers in Kenya 2012, the research was funded by Girl child network.
Baseline survey on child labor & protection, education and certification in a gold mining area in Busia Uganda (Supported by Hivos)
Baseline Survey on Child Labour Free Zones in West Nile (Supported by Hivos 2015)
Action Research on Integrated Area Based approach for Elimination of Child labor In Uganda- Commissioned by ILO/IPEC (July- October 2011)
Coordination of learning for Village health teams in Kumi, APac, and Nakapiripirit( 2011-2012). This was a part of a larger project on Early childhood care and Development led by the Private Sector Foundation in Uganda and funded by Bernard van Leer Foundation in the Netherlands.

Righting the Future; South-South Collaboration and Capacity Building for Universalizing Secondary Education for Girls in Africa

This project was funded by Master Card Foundation from 2013-2016. The main goal of the project was to ensure access, retention, and completion of girls in secondary schools in the slums of Kasubi and Nakulabye in Kampala. This project was guided by the area-based approach which emphasizes the creation of supportive norms to girls’ education. Through this project, we enabled a total of 1052 girls to re-join schooling being supported by their parents and caretakers. Community leaders and the formed groups continue to engage with communities on the importance of girls’ education as well as do advocacy mainly with government bodies and institutions. As part of the project, we conducted a baseline and end-line survey and also had an external evaluation.

Research on  Social  protection  and  citizenship  rights  for  Children  in  Kenya; Commissioned by Partnership for African Social and Governance Research, (PASGR) (September 2012- March 2014)

  • Baseline Survey for Women of Faith net Work Uganda- 2013
  • Evaluation Research for Education project implemented by Harambee Foundation Holland (2012-2013)
  • A research project titled “Youth and Cooperatives: Factors that shape their participation and Inclusion in Africa” A research commissioned by the African Confederation for Cooperative Credit and Savings Unions (ACCOSCA), Nairobi, Kenya (January to April 2011)
  • A study on the Situation Analysis of Children in Uganda under the 3 areas of the physical living environment of young children, Violence among children, and Early Learning.
  • A one-year Action Participatory Research on Leveraging Indigenous Knowledge for the care and  Protection of  Young  Children in  Uganda and  Kenya  (2008-2009) commissioned by the Bernard van Leer Foundation.
  • Situation Analysis for Children without or at Risk of Losing Parental Care in Kenya. A Research Commissioned by SOS Children’s Villages, Kenya in 2008.

Coordinating Communities of Practice

In Nascent-RDO, we believe that learning does not take place in silos, but we can learn together. We have established ourselves as a ‘place to go’ for coordinating collective learning processes and bringing together various partners to learn and engage towards a common cause. For example:

  • We chair and host the Stop Child Labour coalition platform in Uganda (2017-2019), a platform that brings together different partners who are fighting child labor in Uganda. Some of the partners under the coalition include UNICEF, Uganda Women’s Efforts to Save Orphans, Somero Uganda, Uganda National Association of Teachers’ Union, Kyagulanyi Coffee Farmers, Environmental Women in Action for Development, CEFORD among others.
  • We are a resource agency to the stop child labor global campaign in Uganda (2016- ongoing). We build the capacity of organizations that implement or have an interest in implementing child labor programs.
  • We coordinated a  three-year learning mechanism funded by the Bernard  Van leer foundation for 15 partners in Kenya and Uganda in 2009-2011.
  • We also coordinated learning for village health teams in three districts in Uganda in 2011-2012.

Training and conferences

Hosted and coordinated a refresher course for ISS alumni in Eastern Africa (2013) with the theme ‘Re-imagining Young People’s Right to Education, Health and well-being: A gender and generation perspective on current dilemmas and challenges in Eastern Africa’. This conference brought together participants from Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, Rwanda, Ethiopia, and Kenya. We organized the conference in collaboration with the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam with funding from Nuffic.

Supported, and trained the faculty members of Bugema University on a course on Research, Writing, and Publication (2015).

Coordinated and hosted the conference we organized, for Stop Child Labour Global Campaign (2017) a conference that brought together practitioners from Uganda, Mali, Zimbabwe, India, Nicaragua, Turkey, and the Netherlands. We hosted this conference in collaboration with Hivos Foundation-Netherlands.

We coordinated and hosted the conference for Stop Child Labour Global Campaign (2017) a conference that brought together practitioners from Uganda, Mali, Zimbabwe, India, Nicaragua, Turkey, and the Netherlands. We hosted this conference in collaboration with Hivos Foundation-Netherlands

Capacity building

  • Nascent RDO has extensive experience in delivering training on a range of areas in social development, organizational development, and capacity building/enhancement. Our courses have been professionally developed over years and our learner-centered curriculum means that we run inspirational sessions using interactive, lively, and highly effective techniques. They are based on real-life experience and build key skills and confidence in a practical and enjoyable way. Additionally, our courses are tailor-made to the needs and wishes of a partner organization. We offer a range of capacity development courses/Training including but not limited to Organizational   Development,   Community   Development, Mainstreaming Childhood/Youth/ issues in Development, Early Childhood Development, Gender mainstreaming and development management, Strategic Development management (Including Strategic planning for NGO), NGO management, Resource mobilization, and grant administration and Proposal development. We aim at creating communities of practice and networks, which enable cross-learning, foster positive and effective communication, and bridge boundaries.
  • Nascent RDO facilitated the Early Childhood Development Learning Community (ECD-LC) for 15 partners of the Bernard van Leer Foundation implementing Early Childhood Development Programmes in Uganda and Kenya. Nascent RDO also facilitated learning through biannual one-week face-to-face workshops with partners and online learning.