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CenRID is a 501 (c)(3) Organization

We are global nonprofit organization based in Albany, NY that focuses on development research and project  implementation.

At CenRID, we ensure that all our interventions are reflective of the local context and
culture, with an emphasis on indigenous leadership, and a prioritization on community capacity strengthening.


Nii Lantey Bortey, Founder of CenRID, had the opportunity to live and work with various underserved communities in a host of countries including Ghana, Cambodia, Malawi, with the hope of understanding the various factors at play that determine positive health and social outcomes. Consequently, he gained first-hand experience and knowledge of their multi-faceted and complex challenges. The idea to spearhead CenRID was the result of Nii Lantey's drive to address these issues and help others meet basic needs. In 2017, Nii Lantey gathered together a dynamic team of public health and development practitioners eager to develop new tools, knowledge, ideas, and methods to improve lives across the globe Thus CenRID was born.


CenRID excels at designing interventions that are locally-based, and focused on capacity building and community empowerment. We strive to involve the community at every stage of the intervention process. We also conduct a readiness assessment prior to each and every intervention to ensure that the project is responsive to the local context, culture, priority needs, and build on the core expertise and capacities of the community. We believe this participatory approach is crucial in enhancing development at the basic community level, and a critical tool for sustainable development. This approach, coupled with our belief in pursuing accessible evidence-based solutions to problems, has been the underlying factor that drives the success of our program interventions.

We are an ambitious and dynamic team of public health and development practitioners eager to develop new tools, knowledge, ideas, and methods to improve lives across the globe.

The Center for Research & International Development (CenRID)  is a global nonprofit organization based in New York, NY that focuses on development research and project implementation.
Our purpose is to implement evidence-based interventions and conduct high-quality research aimed at discovering new knowledge to improve the education and healthcare delivery and access for vulnerable populations.

Our Mission

Our Vision

To use data driven research to improve healthcare delivery and access, and education for vulnerable populations and communities.
CenRID​​ envisions a world where everyone attains the right to a high quality of life.


Honesty and integrity are the nucleus of our identity. They are the foundation of every successful and impactful intervention we implement. We remain steadfast to doing the right thing for the individuals and communities with which we work, and ensuring that our research methods and program interventions adhere to the highest ethical standards.


We are transparent and we expect to be held accountable by the communities we serve and our donors; it is how we earn their trust.   We will always take responsibility for our actions and address any missteps. We are an ambitious organization and we will learn as we grow.


We conduct a readiness assessment prior to each program or intervention. This implementation approach enables us to develop an intervention strategy that is reflective of the priority needs, concerns, and views of the community, which in turn empowers the community to take ownership of program or intervention


We believe effective teamwork and collaboration maximizes each partner's expertise and capabilities, and thus drives positive results.


We enthusiastically pursue innovative knowledge, ideas, tools, and methods that would catalyze the achievement of our project goals.

respect & cultural sensitivity

Our goal is to modify behaviors, not cultures. We strive to ensure that our program delivery methods are culturally compatible.      

Our dedicated leadership team is made up of experts who are committed to our mission and vision.