Governance & Management

To oversee the implementation and strategic development of the LIRA 2030 programme, an advisory committee was appointed in June 2016.

This committee includes scientists from Africa, stakeholder representatives and leadership representatives of all partners involved:

Cheikh MbowExecutive Director: START International Inc.
Nelson SewankamboProfessor of Medicine and Principal, Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Uganda
Nick PerkinsDirector, SciDev.Net
Peggy Oti-BoatengSenior Programme Specialist for S&T and Coordinator ANSTI, UNESCO MSRO for Southern Africa
Samuel Babatunde-AgbolaDepartment of Urban and Regional Planning, Faculty of the Social Sciences University of Ibada, Nigeria
Shuaib LwasaChair of the IRDR Science Committee, Department of Geography, Makerere University, Uganda
Susan ParnellExecutive of the African Centre for Cities, Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa, former member of the Urban Health and Well-being Science Committee
Elvin Nyukuri – early career scientistUniversity of Nairobi, Kenya, Centre for Advanced Studies in Environmental Law and Policy, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Heide Hackmann (ex-officio)Executive Director of ICSU
Daniel Nyanganyura (ex-officio)Executive Director of ICSU ROA
Mathieu Denis (ex-officio)Science Director of ISC

The committee will meet every year to define the programme’s scientific strategy, make research funding decisions based on the review of research proposals and agree on the further development of the programme.

A management team composed of representatives of ISC, the ISC Regional Office for Africa and NASAC has been established to drive the implementation of the programme, taking into account decisions made by the advisory committee.

Interested in contributing to this programme?

While there is a strong demand for integrated research, institutional and financial support is still insufficient, particularly in less developed countries. The 5-year programme seeks to increase global and regional institutional and financial support by engaging regional stakeholders in research, capacity building, and networking activities and by holding strategic meetings with funding agencies and key regional institutions. Therefore, if your organization is interested in supporting integrated research and associated capacity building and networking activities, please contact to discuss collaboration opportunities.

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