Mathematical sciences for climate change resilience (MS4CR): Operating costs for capacity building

The World Bank has estimated that climate change will have negative impacts for some 100 million people worldwide. As many as 43 million people in Africa alone face increased prospects of severe droughts, floods, and storms threatening their health and economic security and underlining the urgency of action. African scientists have an important contribution to make to understanding the scope and scale of these problems and to developing innovative solutions for presentation to policymakers and practitioners. Despite some progress, the number of African scientists remains relatively small. Further efforts are needed to develop Africa’s scientific talent and to retain scientists in Africa.

The proposed project will support the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI) in building a critical mass of mathematical scientists to contribute to climate change solutions for Africa through training, internship placements in government, industry and intergovernmental organizations, and research grants, with a special emphasis on women mathematical scientists. There will also be support for the consolidation of the operations of AIMS and its expansion across the continent, including further expansion in Francophone Africa.

AIMS alumni have gone on to apply their mathematical skills in many ways to address a number of Africa’s development challenges and to contribute solutions to African industry. By building on such successes, the Government of Canada’s investment will ensure greater impact of the AIMS model and advance its vision to transform Africa.

The present project covers IDRC’s operational costs for the new Mathematical Sciences for Climate Change Resilience (MS4CR) initiative, including salary, travel, and administrative costs. The IDRC staff person will be responsible for the delivery, monitoring, and communications of the initiative, supported by the AIMS Secretariat.

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Project status



60 months

IDRC Officer

Ann Weston

Total funding

CA$ 88,111