"Where people see scarcity, I see opportunity..."
- Ravindra B. Ramrattan
It has been a little over two years since Ravi’s death, and his family in Trinidad and Tobago has chosen to honor him by using the proceeds from a book launched in his memory to support the Ravindra B. Ramrattan EASST Fund. Thanks to this Fund, the EASST Collaborative will be able to offer six East African researchers the opportunity to travel to EASST’s Annual Evidence Summit from their home countries. The Summit, an event focused on creating a space for promising East African researchers to disseminate their latest work and collaborate with leading scholars from around the world, will allow these six young African researchers to be part of the world Ravi was dedicated to--that of international economic development.
There are many tributes to Ravi, all of which attest to the extraordinary individual that he was. Poems and stories written by friends, newspieces covering his accomplishments, and even the upcoming book launch illustrate what a profound impact he had in the world. So this Thanksgiving, we at CEGA and EASST wish to express gratitude for Ravi, for his brilliant contributions through his work in Africa, for his kindness and caring, and for reminding us that sometimes, where many of us see scarcity there is, indeed, opportunity.