Centre for Research & Action on Developing Locales, Regions and the Environment (CRADEL)

About The Centre for Research & Action on Developing Locales, Regions and the Environment (also described by the acronym CRADLE), is an independent public interest think-tank, and non-profit organization that promotes sustainable development by catalyzing development processes in the social, economic and environmental sectors in Nigeria and developing nations. CRADLE has experience in creating evidence-based policy for developing nations. Owing to our commitment to supporting evidence-based policy, CRADLE works with philosophers in multiple disciplines to conduct research on development issues before formulating effective policies. CRADLE’s conception was inspired by erudition by Professor Dr. Klaus Kunzmann (Chair, Spatial Planning in Europe) on the contribution of civil society to sustainable development at the University of Dortmund (Germany) in 1995. However, the scaling up of CRADLE’s operation occurred in 2003 as a result of the discovery of the scope that exists for the contribution of a think-tank to sustainable development in Nigeria.

Our philosophy is to improve living standards by applying sound principles that are capable of achieving “win-win” results for all stakeholders involved in the development process. The strength of CRADLE work is hinged on its adoption of the approaches of independence and interdependence. It is a central place for deploying our specialists and associates to respond to problems. Additionally, the organization is a central receptacle, mobiliser and synthesizer of ideas, methods, and strategies on sustainable development, which exploits our strategic placement to collaborate with our global and local partners from the civil society, universities and research institutes in order to undertake research at higher scales. These enable us to formulate solutions to development problems by mobilizing specialists to undertake studies, manage events such as conferences, seminars, workshops and training designed to assemble decision makers and stakeholders involved to understand both the problems as well as the solutions we have formulated to deal with the challenges.

Mission Our mission is to promote cost-effective sustainable development for developing nations by creating appropriate institutions, processes, structures and attitudes that are required to accomplish the desired outcomes.

Vission Our vision is to offer developing regions and organizations reliable services (including technologies and strategies) that are capable of supporting potent policy, programming and actions required for leap-frogging the achievement of sustainable development.