The Ali-Douglas group is a scholarly inclined organization producing quality information for profit and non-profit purposes. The profit centred objectives of the group are spearheaded by the Ali-Douglas Development Consultancy (ADDC) through consultancy projects primarily in subjects of socio-economic development. The Ali-Douglas Research Network (ADRN) on the other hand is a non-profit organization that creates knowledge through high quality research supported by grants from donors. The sections that follow summarise the characteristics of the two organisations, highlight past achievement, methods of functioning and envisaged future activities.
The Ali-Douglas Development Consultancy (private limited company) is a social science biased supplier of consultancy services. The vision of the organisation is to be a leader in quality consultations for knowledge creation and social transformation. To see this vision bearing fruit the organisation purses the following mission “To prioritise the creation of knowledge trough building local and international research partnerships in areas of governance, access to resources, disaster risk reduction, public health and environmental sustainability”. In the relentless pursuit of the vision ADDC is governed by the following core values; Integrity, fairness, intellectual freedom and social responsibility.
The ADDC has in the recent past, been involved in the development of the agenda for Matobo district’s development through the district development trust. ADDC has also worked with PACT international (analysis od the political economy of Matabeleland region, Zimbabwe), Bulawayo Progressive Resident Association (BPRA), National Youth Development Trust (NYDT) (analysis of socio-economic relevance of ZimASSET) and the Women Institute Of Leadership and Development (WILD) (Assessing the water and education related challenges in uMzingwane district and Bulawayo province) to name but a few.
The Ali-Douglas Research Network (ADRN) is registered as a Trust with the high court of Zimbabwe. The organization is a non-profit, social science research network that aims at promoting information creation and sharing amongst Matabeleland institutions. The vision of the network is to be a leader in knowledge creation for social transformation. To see this vision bearing fruit the organisation purses the following mission: “To prioritise the creation of knowledge trough building local and international research partnerships in areas of governance, access to resources, disaster risk reduction, public health and environmental sustainability.” The network provides platform for researchers to interact and share ideas thereby building on social capital. This platform allows for unified efforts in the creation and dissemination of quality information for the benefit of society. The network currently has a researcher base of 43 researchers with varying expertise in areas of governance, access to resources, disaster risk reduction, public health and environmental sustainability. The researchers are located in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. The ADRN has in the recent past, been involved in the development of an environmentally sustainable mechanism of conducting artisanal mining with the assistance of OSISA. The organization is also currently involved in the development of a natural resource governance framework coordinated by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). ADRN has also conducted a number of studies for PACT international and worked with a number of civil society organisations in Zimbabwe such as the Bulawayo Progressive Resident Association, National Youth Development Trust (NYDT) and the Women’s Institute for Leadership Development. ADRN is also linked to the National University of Science and Technology in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
ADRN is a registered member of the CTCN an operational arm of the UNFCCC Technology Mechanism, hosted by the UN Environment Programme and the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The Centre promotes the accelerated transfer of environmentally sound technologies for low carbon and climate resilient development at the request of developing countries. CTCN provides technology solutions, capacity building and advice on policy, legal and regulatory frameworks tailored to the needs of individual countries.
Our group intends to partner with organizations in areas of knowledge production, analysis of key issues and training of subjects on various thematic areas (Environmental Conservation, access to resources, disaster risk reduction, public health, climate change, Agriculture, Children, Democracy and Good Governance, Education, Food Security and Nutrition, Livelihood Development, Poverty Alleviation, Women and Gender, Water Sanitation & Hygiene, Youth Empowerment and environmental sustainability). Such partnerships would take the form of specified contracting in consultancy projects and direct support to carry out specific research projects. Given our experience and strong focus on environmental and social issues, ADRN may collaborate with other organizations on various thematic areas as highlighted above. Other projects such as inter alia baseline surveys, subject training, project evaluations and strategic planning initiatives may also be added to the partnership activities.