Grassroots Researchers Association (GRA) was inaugurated in Maiduguri, Borno State, in 2009 as a response to the insurgency in northeastern Nigeria. The organization was formally registered with the federal Corporate Affairs Commission in 2016. It was initially conceived as a flexible association of independent grassroots researchers from different professions and backgrounds across the country’s six geopolitical zones. This collective was engaged in the monitoring and documentation of Nigeria’s perennial intra-communal conflicts and religious disputes. The goal was to create an evidence-driven resource for the government, development partners, and scholars to make informed decisions on sustainable solutions to pressing problems. Although, having grown in organizational size and thematic scope, this is where GRA still derives its inspiration, strength and objectives till date.
Grassroots Researchers Association (GRA) is a nonprofit and non-political rights-based organization registered in Nigeria as a local content hub. Since its establishment in 2016, GRA has facilitated evidence-based grassroots initiatives including community-led analysis and action planning for inclusive and increased access to quality services by vulnerable groups such as women, children and persons with special needs. We have also led technical GBV case management activities, including Protection from Abuse (PFA), Protection of Victims of Sexual Violence or Intimidation (PSVI), Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS), and Gender-Based Violence Information Management System (GBVIMS) in highly complex emergency and early reconstruction operations actions that promote development, justice and victims support in grassroots communities. Our programmes are spread across Climate Change, Conflict, Security and Justice, Social Economic Development and Governance.