James Kiplimo

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I am a holder of Master of Philosophy in Environmental Planning and Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Education both of Moi University. I have over 10 years’ experience in resource mobilization and partnership development while working with various organizations including; ActionAid International Kenya as a Funding Manager; VSO International as the Head of Fundraising and Partnership at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC) as a Development Manager and currently at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) as a Resource Mobilisation Officer.
Over the years, I have gained enormous experience and expertise in fundraising across donor categories, partnership development and leading teams. While at ActionAid and VSO International, my role involved mobilizing resources from various institutions and individuals as well as developing and managing partnerships. In the two organizations I effectively managed annual funding portfolio of US$ 9 Million and US$ 7 Million respectively, received from various agencies such as DFID/UKAid, CIDA, EU, USAID, UNDP among others. At APHRC, I provided leadership to the Development unit whose key responsibilities were fundraising, grant management, partnership development and also provided oversight to monitoring and evaluation function. The total annual funding portfolio for APHRC, at the point of my departure was US$ 19 Million drawn from various donors including private foundations, bilateral and multi-lateral agencies. Some of the major agencies I currently work with are DFID, USAID, SIDA, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, David and Lucile Packard Foundation, the International Development Research Center (IDRC), Ford Foundation, Children Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) and Welcome Trust. Currently at AGRA, my responsibility is lead in mobilizing resources for the expanding programs, the institutions target being $500 Million over the next 5 years.
My success in fundraising is borne of my demonstrated experience in developing and effectively implementing funding strategies including fundraising from individuals and my strengths in effectively cultivating relationships with donors- all of which have enabled significant growth in funding in all the organizations that I have been privileged to work with.

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