CEDDERT was incorporated by a group of Northern Nigerian intellectuals in March 1992 as an independent, non-profit scholarly trust with the aim of promoting and advancing scientific research and training in order to provide solutions to the problems of democratic development at the community, national and pan-African level. Having been involved in both scholarly work as well as political action, the founders believed that only sound empirical research could provide a firm basis for effective political activity and solutions to the problems of empowering people and deepening democracy.
CEDDERT Governing Structure and Operations
CEDDERT is today governed by a Board of Trustees which sets policy; a Director; and a Management Committee, members of which are heads of departments. The committee coordinates a network of researchers drawn from universities, institutes, research centres, private consultancies and other organisations inside and outside Nigeria. The method of operation involves a synergy between its own researchers (most of whom work on a voluntary basis, being paid no salaries) and others coming from outside for the purpose of specific research projects. CEDDERT normally provides library facilities, coordination and logistics, secretarial and other support services once funding has been sourced for projects. CEDDERT also undertakes to publish research findings.
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