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The Institute of Biodiversity and Non-profit Studies (IBiNS) is the training and capacity building Division of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation. The common view expressed by many employers has been that there are a large number of job seekers but there are no professionals. Job seekers are getting more and more frustrated by prospective employers asking for years of experience. The question then is "where will one get this experience?". Again, through our interviews, students understanding of fundraising are limited to maybe 'driving my father's car and making some money from it'. Far from it! There is more to fundraising than graduates think, the dynamics and politics are much more. In order to bridge this gap, ERuDeF Institute of Biodiversity and Non-profit Studies (IBiNS) is designed to provide on the edge professional training at undergraduate and post-graduate levels in Cameroon and abroad. While the University provides the theoretical basis of students up-bringing, IBiNS will provide the professional and practical basis of their professional insertion into both the job market and academic fields. All programmes at IBiNS are academically intensive, research focused and challenging and are therefore not meant for those who are academically weak. They require a lot of strategic thinking and meditation. At IBiNS, we practice a 45-hour week.

After 12 years of recruiting and training students before providing them with gainful employment at ERuDeF, we thought it wise to open up our training facilities to a broader scope to train more graduates not only to be recruited into our services but also to serve the needs of other organizations working in environmental and development fields.

The programme gives you a chance to explore opportunities in the area of conservation, biodiversity management and non-profit development in the non-profit world. You come out of this programme as a self-made graduate capable of funding and piloting your own career and programmes. Our understanding is that even if you cannot gain employment, you should be able to at least, raise funds to set up and manage a project.

IBiNS in collaboration with ERuDeF International Volunteering Programme (IVP) will work together to receive both national and international students including conservation enthusiasts on an annual basis from 2 weeks to 12 months. The IVP was launched in 2008 and is increasingly becoming a top model in supporting conservation management and monitoring of focal species in Cameroon.

Vision

The Institute of Biodiversity and Non-profit Studies seeks to provide leading edge and holistic professional training in conservation and development sciences to the future cream of conservation and development leaders.

Mission

The Institute of Biodiversity and Non-profit Studies seeks to train a cream of young leaders in conservation science and in the art of conservation and development management