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Mission Statement

 To contribute to the evidence base for the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of policies, programs, and interventions to reduce poverty and improve welfare in Sub-Sahara Africa.

Our Goals and Objectives

The Initiative for Evidence-Based Development and Empowerment (IEBDEM) is a private, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, research and policy think-tank. We undertake research and consultancy to promote evidence-based approaches to free market policies and aid development policy-making for improving the lives of the poor and the vulnerable groups in the society.

Our Core Activities
  • Research and consultancy in experimental (randomised control trial) and non-experimental impact evaluation of programmes, policies, and interventions that target the main causes of poverty (e.g. education, health), empower (e.g. entrepreneurship, microcredit), improve welfare (e.g. social protection);
  • Use high quality research output generated to inform, and engage policy-makers and other stakeholders to improve the lives of the poor and the vulnerable groups in our society;
  • Design and facilitate training workshops and seminars to strengthen the capacity of state and non-state actors to effectively design and implement development programmes and interventions; and
  • Design and facilitate empowerment training workshops and seminars to strengthen the capacity and capability of individuals, especially women to enhance their contribution to poverty reduction through economic activity, and increase their decision making roles in their immediate households.
Executive Team
Dr. Damilola Olajide

Dr. Damilola Olajide

  1. CEO / Principal Consultant
ii. Dr. Rufus Akindola

ii. Dr. Rufus Akindola

Research Coordinator for Poverty Alleviation.

Dr. Daoud Adekunle Balogun

Dr. Daoud Adekunle Balogun

Research Coordinator for Reform of Institutions

Dr. Femi Obembe

Dr. Femi Obembe

Research Coordinator for Capacity Building and Empowerment.

Mr. Olusegun Sotola

Mr. Olusegun Sotola

Coordinator for Qualitative Research

Mr. Thompson Ayodele

Mr. Thompson Ayodele

Coordinator for Stakeholder Engagement.

Professor Joseph Ayodele

Professor Joseph Ayodele

Coordinator for Education Research

Dr. (Mrs.) Funmbi Iyabode Olowokere

Dr. (Mrs.) Funmbi Iyabode Olowokere

Coordinator for Field Survey and Data Collection

Ms. Akomolafe Esther

Ms. Akomolafe Esther

Coordinator for Administration.

Board of External Advisors

Erudite economist; former Vice Chancellor, University of Uyo; former member of the  Board Central Bank of Nigeria; and currently Director-general, West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management.

Development Economist, Board member, African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) Network; former board member African Economic Research Consortium; and now Executive Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Environmental Economist; Advisor to the African Technology Policy Studies (ATPS) Network, Dean of Graduate School, University of Calabar, Nigeria.

 CEO /Principal Researcher, IEBDEM. He holds a PhD in Economics from Monash University, Melbourne Australia. Economist with expertise in impact evaluations of development interventions, empirical industrial organisation, health economics, and applied microeconometrics. Senior Research Fellow with the Initiative for Public Policy Analysis, Research Fellow at the Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen, UK.

International Health Economist, and Staff Associate, Institute for International Health &Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh Scotland, UK. He worked at Aberdeen University for many years and has been an IIHD Associate since 2009.  He has worked in some 15 different countries, especially in West Africa and South Asia.

Head of Department of General Studies, Faculty of  Humanities and Social Sciences, Federal University, Oye  Ekiti State (FUOYE).  Dr.  Rufus holds PhD in international Development from the prestigious University of Melbourne, Australia.  He is a renowned expert in social policy and bottom up approach to poverty alleviation. He has previous field engagements with AusAID and Oxfam Australia, and academic engagements in the University of Wales UK, and Norton University Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  He is a member of Senate FUOYE, and Member of Pre-Degree, Research, and Examinations Committees.

CEO, Initiative for Public Policy Analysis Lagos, Nigeria.  IPPA is a sister organisation to IEBDEM.  IPPA won the 2005 Templeton Freedom Awards for Institute Excellence from the Atlas Economic Research Foundation USA and has ranked in amongst influential and top 25 think‐tanks in Sub‐Saharan Africa for 2008, 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2014.

Principal Architect/CEO Studio3 Architects, Lagos Nigeria. Chartered Architect and a leading member of the Executive committee, Nigerian Institute of Architects. With over 23 years in the field, his organisation has successful completed many architectural designs in Ekiti, Lagos and Ogun States

Senior Pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God. Former Director and Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). Chartered Auditor and President, Strides Educational Services.

Members of Research Network
  1. Divine Ikenwilo, PhD (Health Economics), University of Aberdeen, UK
  2. Daoud Balogun , PhD (Public Administration), IEBDEM and University of Malaya, Malaysia
  3. Femi Obembe, PhD (Economics), , IEBDEM, IPPA and Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife
  4. Chukwuma Agu, PhD (Economics), University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  5. Olusegun Sotola, MSc (Political Economy), IPPA and IEBDEM
  6. Adaku Ezeibe, PhD (Agricultural Economics), University of Nigeria, Nsukka
  7. Ngozi Ihuoma Ibeji, PhD (Finance), University of Southampton
  8. Professor Joseph Ayodele, Department of Education, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti.
Research Partners

Associate member, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, USA

Initiative for Public Policy Analysis, Nigeria

Partnership for African Social and Governance Research, Kenya

African Technology Policy Studies Network, Kenya

Partnership for Economic Policy, Canada

African Health Economics Association

The HelpAge International, UK

Atlas Network, USA