DARC conducts research in many areas ranging from Non-Profit Governance, Philanthropy, Health, Education, Microfinance, to Arts and Culture.
Project: Governance Statistics Propagation over New Media Channels
DARC with funding from the Ford Foundation and the Institute of International Education, Inc (IIE) New York, conducted a research that created an avenue for different voices from all segments of society to be heard using new media platforms to independently disseminate unbiased public sector data and evidence.
Project: First Bank of Nigeria Limited Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Policy Document
DARC developed FBN’s CSR Policy document. The strategy document showcased a more innovative implementation approach to FBN’s CSR frame work. The exercise detailed the structures that must be put in place for FBN’s CSR program to be structured and impactful. It detailed the involvement of FBN’s Governance and internal and external stakeholders in achieving its goals. It also outlined and reported the process of developing business plans, while expanding on current funding mechanism, performance management system and reporting frame work.
Project: Market survey for financial services to micro, small and medium enterprises in Eastern Nigeria
DARC in collaboration with K-REP Advisory Services, carried out a market survey for financial services to micro, small and medium enterprises in Eastern Nigeria. The survey identified the sources of formal and informal financing for micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Eastern Nigeria (Aba, Nnewi and Onitsha) and assessed their performance. Recommendations were made on how the financial services delivery system may be improved through products and services innovativeness as well as delivery mechanisms.
Project: Research and product development for artisans and small scale miners in Nigeria
DARC conducted a study on the demand and supply of formal and informal financing of artisanal and small scale miners in Nigeria while exploring the role of cooperatives formed by the sector players, issues related to child labour, gender issues and investigating risk issues within the sector. The study was conducted in three States: Gombe (Gypsum), Nasarawa (Barytes), and Oyo (Gemstones). Through detailed analysis of data, the study explored the various financing options and products that could be designed to meet the financial needs of the sector, in collaboration with formal financial service providers.
Project: Research examining Borno State’s poverty profile and ongoing interventions to reduce poverty especially in the areas of reproductive health, economic empowerment and governance
DARC carried out a research that examined Borno State’s poverty profile and ongoing interventions to reduce poverty especially in the areas of reproductive health, economic empowerment and governance. The study assessed the efforts being put in place by various sectors with a view to bringing about poverty alleviation in the State. It also provided a broad outlook on how the public and the private sectors respond to interventions.