About Us » Our Approach
BDCP utilises its independent and non-governmental status to bring innovative management and technical support to grass-roots sustainable development projects. It serves as an intermediary institution forging equitable partnerships between tropical countries and often inaccessible developmental agencies. Sustainability, capacity building and self-reliance are the underlying tenets in all BDCP projects. The programme adopts a bottom-up approach in its efforts to enable rural dwellers to derive maximum benefits from their environmental resources and their labor. Within this, science and technology are viewed as useful tools to be adapted to the cultural framework of productive activities, not as modern alternatives to the contributions of members of the community.

Established infrastructure in multiple countries in Africa;

Includes offices, laboratories, computers, web- access and field sites. We offer the ability to liaise with a network of offices for programs and projects, through our strategic alliances with scientists, universities, NGO's and governmental institutions.

Ability to work at multiple levels

From grassroots, with rural people and traditional healers, to government officials, scientists and policy makers. The training courses that we conduct are designed to target multiple sectors.

Ability to impact African policy and to establish solid multi-sector strategic alliances

Examples of our work in this area are:
· Internationally, our programme has been used as a model for demonstrating the successful implementation of the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD)(see COP-4).
· We have designed benefit-sharing models for the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
· Our work in Nigeria has been instrumental in establishing the Ministry of Environment.
· We have worked to develop a concise monograph for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Nigeria.
· We have provided expert technical consultation in developing Nigeria's regulations on herbal medicine.
· In 1995 we spearheaded the establishment of the African Scientific Co-operation on Phytomedicine and Aromatic Plants (ASCOPAP).
· We have provided expert technical consultation in developing a programme for sustainable use of biological resources in South Africa and Cameroon.

Experienced consultants on property rights issues;

The hallmark of BDCP's program is the willingness to advocate for local communities on issues of intellectual properties rights and equitable benefit sharing.

Support of US based international office

This office facilitates communication between African offices and partners in the United States.

Experience with capacity building and training

We view capacity building as two fold - hardware/ tangibles and intellectual. Through the implementation of capacity building projects, we strive to increase intellectual and information capacities.

Experience running large multinational projects

The ICBG is an example of one of our multinational and institutional programs spanning ten years and involving 13 institutions. The Medical Informatics Training for Africa (MedITA) enhances our delivery of information systems, particularly those concerned with human health.

Ability to bring modern scientific methods and project R&D experience to the cultivation, selection, manufacture and clinical evaluation and standardisation of herbal remedies
Through a cadre of research scientists, networked collaborations and high technology at InterCEDD, over five hundred plants have been screened for activity against major tropical diseases.

Experience at monitoring of ecosystem dynamics

Through our hands-on experience and field resources in West/Central Africa, we have the ability to work at both long and short-term projects