My vision is to improve on what has been achieved within the last six years. I am of the conviction that I am capable of doing this because I have been a key part of the success story at RIPS over the period.  Below is a brief statement of what has been achieved so far at RIPS, my contributions to what has been achieved, and my vision for improving the current situation.

Within the period 2005-2011, RIPS attracted research grants of about US$ 5.6 million from diverse funding sources such as the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), European Union (EU), Global Development Network (GDN), National Institute of Health (NIH), Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Appuis Integris pour le Renforcement des Equips Scientifiques du Sud (AIRES-SUD), International Development Research Centre (IDRC), etc. I was personally responsible for bringing in about US$ 2.3 million (US$ 15,000 from CODESRIA; US$394,204 from USAID; US$ 69,778 from UNITAR; US$ 58,500 from AIRES-SUD; US$ 307,090 from IDRC I, and US$ 1,419,362 from IDRC II). Furthermore, I collaborated with my colleagues at RIPS to attract US$ 482,612 from the EU.

These funds have been instrumental in supporting infrastructural development including computing and library resources, providing seed grants for research, international conference travel for students and staff, and above all providing scholarships for Masters and Doctoral training as well as staff development. A close look at the funding sources shows a change from RIPS’ traditional UNFPA funding in the past, to a more diversified set of donors in recent times. Prominent key funders include the IDRC of Canada, USAID, NIH and UNITAR. These funders have been attracted to RIPS not only because of the quality of its work, but also because of its position as arguably the leading population and environment program on the continent; our position as the regional leader in research in climate change and social science interrelations has been mentioned more than occasionally. I have been the Principal Investigator (PI) on the major climate change projects, and my grants have and are providing scholarships for 6 PhD and 12 M. Phil students. My vision is to extend the potential funding base by including organizations such as Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA), Department for International  Development (DFID), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), etc., who also fund work in the population-environment nexus, and specifically climate change based research, as well as other funders interested in health research particularly Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNCD).