CepRass previously served as the national partner in Gambia.
CepRass was launched in 2016 by a team of faculty members at the University of the Gambia to complement the efforts of the university in delivering quality research and consultancy services. The centre uses cutting-edge interdisciplinary research methods that combine qualitative and quantitative approaches to address critical socioeconomic, development, political, and governance issues.
Housed within the complex of the School of Business and Public Administration, CepRass serves as a centre for scholarly activities and intellectual creativity, offering researchers the opportunity to conduct assignments that are relevant to policymaking. As a focal point for reflection and interaction between policymakers and researchers, the centre seeks to advocate and strengthen collaboration on evidence-based development. It operates as a nonprofit organization with a strong conviction that ideas must be communicated to the world and relevant information to the right people at the right time.
Researchers at the centre have, over the years, providing a host of consultancy, research, and professional development services to public, private, and multilateral agencies, including the Gambia Bureau of Statistics, African Development Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, United Nations Development Programme, Food and Agriculture Organisation, World Bank, National Environment Agency, and Medical Research Council. It enjoys a close partnership with the Gambia Bureau of Statistics, joining in survey data collection and providing capacity building in statistics and the use of statistical software.
The CepRass team on the Afrobarometer project is led by Dr Bumi Camara, an economist with more than 15 years of experience in the field of development in Africa and beyond.