ADP adopts a 3-pronged approach to the work it does. We believe that these strategies are mutually reinforcing and provide strong evidence / basis for pursuing a development path, boosts knowledge building and sharing, as well as facilitating delivery of development services.
- Policy Engagements
ADP believes that since development is bottom-up and participatory, it is essential for policies that are crafted to respond to these issues. In this regard, ADP engages in policy formulation; policy reviews and analysis; participation in governmental / national policy discussion platforms (e.g. Sector Working Groups); and intergovernmental agencies (e.g. African Union, ECOWAS).
The policy process or cycle offers the space for ensuring that not only are good policies formulated but can respond to issues that emerge after they are crafted. Good and effective policies are responsive policies. In this regard, ADP does not only possess the requisite expertise to advice, support and develop responsive policies, but also engage actively with stakeholders on policy issues within its scope of work.
- Training, Research, Advocacy and Practice
Knowledge is power. But knowledge built on rigorously applied sound principles and methods of inquiry provides concrete and tested ideas for solving development challenges. In this respect, ADP actively undertakes organizational-driven researches on issues relevant to our areas of operation. The organization also receives requests from local and central governments, development agencies, private sector businesses actively engaged in corporate social interventions, and analogous institutions to undertake research assignments or commissioned studies.
Information obtained from such researches and studies (baseline surveys, impact studies, needs assessment, M&E) underpin ADPs advocacy efforts to influence policies, decision-making and actions of duty bearers. Furthermore, such knowledge resulting from the various studies guide the design and delivery of tailor-made trainings for corporate bodies, governmental agencies and civil society organizations. The Centre for Development Education (CEDE), a unit within ADP, spearheads activities around this approach to work of Development Facilitation and Consultancy
- Direct Community Intervention
Central and local governments have the first-line of duty in providing essential services to communities in need of development. However, there are times the reach of these services excludes and marginalizes key groups such as older persons, women, persons with disabilities and children. ADP believes in assisting such communities through the means of helping them identify / prioritize development needs; providing linkages with institutions / persons endowed with resources to support such communities; or working in partnership with such communities to secure external support to resolve the development challenge.
ADP maintains a network of community-based organizations it partners with in delivering development assistance. Known as downstream partners, they provide the critical grounds-experience and serve as local change-agents who build their organizational capacity from the work relations with ADP.