ARADIN was founded in 2004 by Mrs. Caroline Ifeka a British Anthropologist who had great concern and passion for the environment and most importantly the local people. She later was succeeded by three other Directors between 2000 to 2016 - Mrs. Tracy Draper, Ms. Zoe Parr and Mr. James Odey.
The African Research Association was legally registered as a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Limited by Guarantee with the Corporate Affairs Commission in 1996 (RC 286,288). African Research Association operates in Cross River State through its community action project Development in Nigeria therefore the acronym ARADIN. ARADIN has worked with over 50 communities in Cross River State in northern, central and southern senatorial districts of Cross River State since 1996 and in partnership with her sister organization, Empowerment Initiative in West Africa (REIWA) in Kachia (Kaduna), Barkin Ladi LGA, Plateau State; Dass LGA, Bauchi State; Paiko Kore Grazing Reserve, Gwagwalada LGA, FCT. ARADIN is currently working with over 13 communities in three Local Government Areas in central and southern Cross River State.
ARADIN has been involved in conducting ethno-botanical and socio-economic research, community forestry, environmental restoration, community profiling using participatory research methods as well as development of Community Development Agreements, social development and influx management plans for extractive companies in Cross River State. ARADIN established a Research, Documentation and Policy Unit (RDPU) with the goal of contributing to policy debate and review for the sustainable management of natural resources. The linkages between poverty and deforestation were also identified through household cash income surveys. These issues are still being tackled through community forestry programme, provision of sustainable livelihoods and Adult literacy programme targeting the most vulnerable in the community.
In 2007 ARADIN reviewed her strategic plan and expanded her programmes to cover business development and value chain analysis, climate change, water and sanitation, Mother & Child health (Nutrition, malaria prevention) as well as participatory governance which include budget monitoring and advocacy. We have been working in Collaboration with a number of International and local partners within and outside Nigeria.
ARADIN strives to work in partnership with local communities to promote forest conservation and sustainable livelihoods. Working together with community partners, we aim to bring a lasting difference through the sustainable management of natural resources, environmental governance and promoting sustainable livelihoods through micro-enterprise development and literacy programmes.