The driving force behind the conservation and development work in Mpimbwe are Monique Borgerhoff Mulder and Tim Caro who have been working with the local communities in Mpimbwe since 1995 developing community-based conservation initiatives that complement their ecological and social research.
They have collaborated with a wide range of people who have made invaluable contributions to different projects:
Emily Fitzherbert: Emily has been working in Mpimbwe intermittently since 2002. Working on a number of different research and development projects. She now co-ordinates WASIMA from the Wildlife and Conservation Research Unit in Oxford using National Geographic Big Cat Initiative funding.
Peter Genda: used to working for AfriCARE in Mpanda, and now is the field project manager of WASIMA 2011/2012.
Eden Wanyimba: Works for the Walter Reed Programme and spearheads construction of the Usevya Youth Center.
Peter Mgawe and Sarah Jane Seel: Worked on the “History and Culture of the Pimbwe” book.
Dr. Christopher O’Brien: Archeological contributions to the history of Mpimbwe.
Dr. Tony Waters: Contribution to the history of Mpimbwe.
Prof. Karyl Ketchum: Helped build this website, set up a charitable foundation and source 22 laptops for the new youth centre.
Caroline Chumo: Co-ordinator of Mimampi between 2007-2008
Jacob Mwalyoyo: Helped construct the Honey Hut tourist facility south of Katavi National Park.
Barnabas Caro: Raised funds for the kindergarden in Mirumba from the Davis Waldorf school.
Bill Cotter & Andrew Bower: Raised funds for football jerseys for UDESO
Lali Heath (of Nomad Trust): Raised money for solar panels for the Usevya Youth Centre.
The wardens and staff of Tanzania National Park Service in Sitalike
Amisa Msago and Osca Ulaya: provide extensive logistical support for all aspects of the development and research projects in Mpimbwe.