Institute of Social Research and Development Limited (ISRAD)

ISRAD is an autonomous non-governmental institution of social research for higher learning and socio-economic development.

How We Can Help You?

We advance and pursue holistic policies and programs that are capable of addressing the social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable development in societies. This new thinking on sustainable development is the core principle guiding our operations

Social Research and Development

Undertaking research activities of interconnected socio-economic dimensions using research methodologies involving survey, quantitative, qualitative or mixed research methods; b) conduct multidisciplinary systematic studies of human interaction with the environment for natural resource management, policy development and programme design; c) publishing and disseminating research findings for social development; and d) publishing intellectual materials on strengthening public–private sector partnership in agriculture value chain development.

Strategy Planning and Policy Development:

As the first step in the strategic planning and policy development processes, ISRAD conducts detailed and comprehensive contextual analysis (scoping) to identify gaps, linkages and combined effects of strategic and policy constraints. This will be supported by clear visioning to identify key strategic and policy options/objectives; testing the feasibility of options and identify the trade-offs to make strategic choices and policy statements. Based on all of the analyses and inputs provided by stakeholders, we define strategic objectives and policy provisions.

Capacity development and training

Our Human Resource Capacity Building means much more than simply providing training. It means equipping individuals with the understanding, skills and access to knowledge that enables them to perform effectively, while looking into management structures, processes and procedures that will enhance their productivity. ISRAD recognizes that the need for capacity building is always changing and that any programme addressing it must be suited to the local context and organisation. It provide a variety of capacity development and training involving service providers, communities and their CBOs e.g. women groups, youth groups and young entrepreneurs to develop their business skills and ability. These trainings are tailored to actively explore hands-on practical knowledge and skills related to the various modules. Some courses are centred on specific modules covering entrepreneurship skills development, market analysis and information management, good agricultural practices; Farm-input Trading Enterprise; vegetable processing & storage centre, and preparation of business idea/concept, business model canvas, and business planning.

Project Cycle Management Services

ISRAD provides development and management consultancies in programme evaluations and policy reviews in stable and emergency environments; baseline surveys, scoping studies, agricultural surveys, environmental impact assessment, situational analysis, and organizational assessments within The Gambia and beyond. With the pool of our Experts and Associates, ISRAD uses available skills, experiences and knowledge of processes and methods to execute consultancy services

Who We've Worked With

Our Projects

 

 

Since its inception, ISRAD has been involved in implementing the following projects, which were funded by various development partners including the European Commission, UN agencies, AfDB, NGOs, Government of The Gambia, etc.

 

 

No

Assignment Title

Client

Financing

Time period

1

Value Chain Analysis of Poultry in Kundam Horticultural Gardens – ECOWAS Stabilization Project in The Gambia 

GIZ-ECOWAS Project, The Gambia

GIZ-ECOWAS

February 2021   to date

2

Development of Farmer Field Schools (FFS) and Farmer Business School (FBS)

International Trade Center

European Devt Fund (EDF)

December 2020 to date

3

Baseline study: Rice Value Chain Transformation Project

Ministry of Agriculture

AfDB

December 2020 to date

4

Charcoal Value Chain Assessment in The Gambia – Community-based sustainable dryland forest management project

FAO

GEF Funded

October 2020    to date

5

Baseline study: Addressing conflicts over land and natural resources

FAO

EU funded

July 2020 to October 2020

6

KAP study & end of project evaluation – Gender-based violence & Sexual Reproductive Health  project

AAITG/NGBV

AmplifyChange

June 2020 to August 2020

7

Establishment of Community Savings and Credit Scheme (CSCS)

SOS

EU funded

May 2020 to date

8

Strategy development and planning for the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) by ISRAD Expert

MoWCSW

UNICEF/UNFPA

February 2020 to April 2020

9

Institutional Assessment of the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) by ISRAD Expert

MoWCSW

UNICEF/UNFPA

December 2019 to February 2020

10

Mapping of existing children’s reception centres, assessment of the functionality and quality in the Gambia

United Nations High Commission on Human rights/ West Africa

Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

29th November 2019 – 5th Jan 2020

11

Assessment of  the legal and political framework, the promotion of children’s human rights in the Gambia

United Nations High Commission on Human rights/ WA Reg Office

Italian Agency for Development Cooperation

29th November 2019 – 15th January 2020

12

NACOFAG Institutional Assessment and Development of Five-year Strategy Plan (2019-2023)

FAO

EU funded

6th September 2019 – January 2020

13

 Value Chains Analysis of Nine Commodities for the PROJECT: (FED/2017/383-810): Agriculture for Economic Growth in The Gambia

FAO

EU funded

1st March 2019 – January 2020

14

Mid-term Review Agricultural Value Chains Development Project (AVCDP)

Ministry of Agriculture

African Devt Bank (AfDB)funded

10th June 2019 – 10th August 2019

15

Final Evaluation of Child Rights Instruments, Agent for Sustainable Change in Six Regions – CRR, LRR, NBR, KMC, URR and WCR

SoS  Children’s Village the Gambia

SoS  Children’s Village the Gambia

30th April 2019 -31st May 2019

16

Final Evaluation of AAITG and EC funded Child’s Rights Project 

ActionAid International The Gambia

EU funded

25th April 2019 – 25th May 2019

17

Baseline Evaluation of the project entitled : Promoting Agro-ecology and Eco-restoration Practices in Southern central River and North Bank Regions

ActionAid International The Gambia

EU funded

9th January 2019 – 31st January 2019

18

Baseline assessment for the sustainable Nutrition Improvement Project for 3 communities in Upper River Region, The Gambia

SoS  Children’s Village the Gambia

SoS  Children’s Village the Gambia

8th January 2019 – 31st January 2019

19

Baseline survey on a project entitled:  Agriculture for Economic Growth in The Gambia  (GCP/GAM/040/EC)

FAO, The Gambia

EU funded

10th July 2018 – December 2018

20

Development of Gambia Govt. Forestry Action Plan – 2019 to 2028 by ISRAD Expert

FAO, The Gambia

Global Env Facility (GEF).

February to August 2018

21

Development of Gambia Govt. Forestry Strategy Plan – 2019 to 2028 by ISRAD Expert

FAO, The Gambia

Global Env Facility (GEF).

February to August 2018

22

Country Strategy Review and Development of Five-year Strategy Plan (2017 -2022)

Future in our Hands, The Gambia (FIOHTG)

FIOH International

Oct., 2017 – Dec. 2017

23

Development of Supplementary Agriculture and Natural Resource policy (2017 t0 2026) by ISRAD Expert)

MECCNAR

FAO

Sept. 2017 to Dec. 2017

Meet The Team

Falie CK Baldeh

Director, Senior evaluator/researcher and quality assurance)

Qualification/Strength

M.Sc. in resource assessment for development Planning,  Value Chain Specialist and development expert. 25 years’ experience in senior executive positions in both devt and humanitarian functions with international experience. A Senior evaluator with extensive experience and skills in participatory social research, programme evaluation, organisational development and institutional assessment, strategy planning & policy development.

Social research & regional analysis

Areas of expertise and interest

Value chain analysis of agro-commodities

Country programme design and evaluation

Strategy Planning and change management

Policy analysis & development

Dr. Morolake Omowumi Adekunle

(Research Specialist and Snr Gender evaluator)

Qualification/Strength 

PhD in Development Communication. Gender Expert and a Research Specialist (with experience in Participatory Learning and Action – PLA). A Senior Lecturer in the School of Journalism and Digital Media, University of The Gambia; and President of Association of African women for Research and Development, Gambia Chapter 

Area of Expertise and interest 

Development communication and marketing

Gender programme design and evaluation

Training and capacity development

Social research & regional analysis

Modou Baldeh

Executive Director

Dr Lamin KM Fatty

(Research Associate and ISRAD management support)

PhD in Rural Sociology &Agricultural Extension, M.Sc in Agribusiness Management and B.Sc in General Agric.  Senior University Lecturer on Agribusiness & Extension. Highly experienced in curriculum development, and production of teaching and learning material

Dr. Mamma Sawaneh

(Research Associate and Data Analysist)

PhD in Climate Change Economics; M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics and B.Sc in General Agriculture. A University Lecturer with extensive experience in agricultural market analysis and linkages, value chain analysis and cooperatives development