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4- Sequence of events

The Research programme on the interactions between population, development and environment (PRIPODE) was established on 5 July 2002 with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paris. Cicred acts the institutional platform for the programme.

PRIPODE was initially launched and coordinated by Francis Gendreau, former Chairman of CICRED Council for a three-year period. Since Francis resigned in December 2004, the new CICRED director, CZ Guilmoto, has been the acting programme coordinator since this date. CICRED staff members are also actively involved in the activities of the programme.

The call for research proposals was issued in November 2002 under the aegis of Pripode’s Scientific Committee and met with a large success as projects were received from all over the world. The committee first met on 27-30 April 2003 to review the proposal. It selected 20 out of the 70 projects presented. The final selection of the projects followed by the signature of the related agreements with each centre took place in April-June 2003.

The first instalment of the grant was sent to a first batch of 13 teams initially selected in October 2003. Due to financial difficulties in early 2004 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, another batch of seven teams had to wait till July 2004 for their first instalments. As a result, Pripode teams follow two different time tables.

Teams have to submit a first midterm progress report after a year along with a financial report. After review, the scientific committee prepares an evaluation report to each team containing a detailed assessment of the work accomplished. The report also includes recommendations formulated by the scientific committee for the next one-year period. At the same time, CICRED will proceed to release the second instalment of the grant. Pripode will set up technical assistance missions to specific teams to assist them in the completion of their research objectives or in response to specific needs.

At the end of the two-year period, teams submit a final report to the scientific committee. Each final report is then reviewed and recommendations for transformations are issued by the committee. The last instalment of the grant is then released. In the following months, a final conference will be held in Paris and CICRED will release a first joint publication of the major research findings.

Analysis and audit of the financial reports will be carried out by the Committee’s permanent team, under the control of the programme coordinator.