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The CDC has the mandate to manage all initiatives of the IMU in support of mathematics in developing and economically disadvantaged countries. The CDC is charged with the following missions:

to manage, strengthen and promote the programs of the IMU in developing and economically disadvantaged countries.

to search for funding to support the corresponding activities.

to establish institutional partnerships with scientific organizations with common goals.

News and Events

Thanks to a generous donation by the winners of the Breakthrough Prizes in Mathematics, IMU with the assistance of FIMU ( is opening a new call of the IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowship program to support postgraduate studies, in a developing country.

The London Mathematical Society, in association with the African Mathematics Millennium Science Initiative, has opened the sixth round of MARM program, partly funded by the IMU CDC. The call for prospective mentors will be open till 20th December 2019.

We invite applications from Teams consisting of a Principal Investigator plus his or her research group and an International Partner by March 15, 2020.

This October, the IMU Executive Committee endorsed the proposal made by the Commission for Developing Countries (CDC) regarding the definition of Developing Countries to be used by IMU during the next 4-year period.

The AMMSI-Phillip Griffiths Prize for 2019 is awarded to Charles E. Chidume of the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria.  

Three students have been awarded a BGF grant to complete their PhD. BGF grants are funded by the generous donations from all the Breakthrough Prize winners. The program is the subject of an interesting article by Della Dumbaugh appeared in the September Issue of the AMS Notices.

The grants are addressed to students from developing countries that plan to complete a doctoral degree in mathematical sciences in a developing country. The 2019 call was open from February 11 to May 31 (9:00 am CET).

Professor Khalil Ezzinbi

Professor Ezzinbi has made many significant contributions to the theory of ordinary differential equations. 

Abebe R. Tufa (Ethiopia) received one of the three IMU Breakout Graduate Fellowships awarded in 2016 to complete his Ph.D. at the University of Botswana, Gaborone.

During the General Assembly of the IMU in Sao Paulo the delegates voted unanimous to make the IMU Secretariat in Berlin permanent.

Congratulations to the recipients! Find out more on the IMU website. 

The CDC session was held successfully on Tuesday August 7, 2018 from 6 pm – 8 pm in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the ICM 2018.  More than 400 participants joint the session.

The African Women in Mathematics Association (AWMA) in collaboration with Addis Abba University is organizing the international workshop "Inviting Girls to Appreciate the Field of Mathematics: an Indispensable Tool for Sciences and Technology" on the 4th and 5th of October 2018. AWMA Workshop Poster


The IMU Committee for Women in Mathematics (CWM) welcomes the mathematical community to the World Meeting for Women in Mathematics a satellite event of the ICM 2018.

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The three selected projects for 2017-2019 in Cameroon, Ethiopia and Zimbabwe started their cooperation. 

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Go to the ICM 2018 webpage to look at the list of selected grantees for the Open Arms project.

The program for supports collaborative research visits of mathematicians living and working in African Mathematics Universities and Research Institutions to travel to an internationally known mathematical center of excellence (worldwide) for collaborative research. 

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