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Nangodi Institute was officially incorporated and attained non-profit status in 2017. The idea for the Nangodi Institute, however, goes all the way back to 2004 when a researcher from the US and his Nangodi-based research collaborator hatched a plan. The bulk of published research on Africa comes from scholars based in the West. That which emanates from African universities and research institutes nearly all comes from scholars based in large urban areas. While quality insights can be gleaned from these excellent works, more than half of Africans live outside of urban areas. Why not have a scholarly research institute based in rural Africa?

The Institute is organized exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes. Its mission is to support responsible and ethical research in the Nabdam area of Ghana and its environs, to train and employ Nabdams to become researchers and public advocates in their chosen field, and to bring community-based development to the Nabdam District. Our long-term ambition is to replicate this model in other rural areas in Ghana and the region.

We have researchers on-site with training in the social and natural sciences as well as the humanities. They are trained in randomization protocols, translation into local languages, and cutting-edge data collection techniques and with each new research project conducted through the Nangodi Institute their methodological and data collection toolkits expand. We are interested in working with scholars who respect their obligation to make the areas they study better off from having visited and assist in this endeavor by facilitating knowledge transfer, rigorously implementing protocols to protect study participants, and offering suggestions for research whose findings will most directly impact residents' lives positively.