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About the Founder

Professor Charles B.L. Jumbe

Charles B.L. Jumbe is the Director of the Centre for Independent Evaluations and is a Professor of Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (Norway). Before joining the University in 1996, he had worked as an Economist in several government departments including the Office of the President and Cabinet in the Department of Economic Planning and Development (1990-1993), Ministry of Energy and Mining (1993-1996) and Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security (1995- 1996).

With more than 25 years of research experience, he has worked on a wide range of areas or topics such as renewable and non-renewable energy, biofuels, monitoring and evaluation of development projects, environment and climate change, agriculture, food and nutrition security, natural resource management, forestry, efficient cookstoves, water and sanitation, rural development, poverty and vulnerability assessment. He has conducted baseline (situational) analysis, mid-term evaluation and impact evaluation (end of project) of development interventions. He has strong quantitative and statistical skills for undertaking impact evaluation of development interventions using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. All his research aims at informing policy and program development that address developmental challenges faced by the rural and urban poor communities in their efforts to fight poverty in a more sustainable manner. He has conducted collaborative research with a number of international organizations and universities such as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Purdue University, and Michigan State University and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in the United States of America; SCANTEAM and Norwegian University of Life Sciences in Norway; University of Oxford, Scotland Rural College, University of Greenwich and Imperial College (London) in the United Kingdom; Swedish Environment Institute in Sweden; German Development Institute and Renewable Energies (Munich) in Germany;  Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and University of Cape Town in South Africa.  Professor Jumbe was a co-recipient of the 2017 Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis on Farm Input Subsidy Work in Sub-Saharan Africa by the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association based in United States of America.

He has published scholarly articles in various international journals such as Food Policy, Energy Economics, Biomass and Bioenergy, Land Economics, Ecological Economics, Renewable Energy, Energy Policy, Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, Sustainable Agriculture Research, Water Resources and Rural Development, African Journal of Agriculture and Resource Economics, African Development Review, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa, Environmental Conservation, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, British Journal of Environment & Climate Change, and African Journal of Agricultural Research. He has also contributed book chapters in Bioenergy for Sustainable Development in Africa (2012, Springer), Political Institutions and Development: Failed Expectations and Renewed Hopes (2007, Edward Elgar) and World Forests, Markets and Policies (2001, Kluwer Academic Publishers). He is a reviewer of various international journals.

He is a member of various international associations such as the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC); International Association for Agricultural Economists (IAAE), Agriculture and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), African Association for Agricultural Economists (AAAE), International Society for Ecological Economists, the Gerson Lehrman Group on Natural Resources Council, Poverty and Environment Network (PEN), African Forestry Forum, Global Development Network (GDN), Poverty and Economic Policy Research Network  (PEP-Net), African Growth and Development Policy Modeling Consortium (AGRODEP) and Regional Network of Agricultural Policy Research Institutes (ReNAPRI).