From 17th to 21st August 2015 was held in Lome, Togo, on the theme "land and theories of quantitative and qualitative survey", a methodological workshop for West and Central African Francophones. This edition brought together more than twenty participants from Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Chad and Togo. The workshop was conducted by a teaching team led by Prof. Kossi Tatah Djonoukou of the University of Lomé and assisted by Prof. Antoine SOCPA of the University of Yaounde I. The laureates also received contributions during the workshop, Prof. Edinam Kola of the University of Lomé which ensured local coordination. The workshop’s opening ceremony was chaired by Prof. Essowè Essissewa, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Letters and Humanities of the University of Lomé.
The courses given by the educational team focused on different themes ranging from the choice of subject by the researcher to the analysis and interpretation of data collected in the field. Thus, themes such as information retrieval, the development of a research problem, conceptual consolidation and variables, the distinction between qualitative and quantitative research, the design of qualitative research, the status of the researcher in the collection and data analysis but also the processing and the actual analysis of qualitative data were addressed and discussed in detail by the various participants.
In addition to the workshop, an information session on CODESRIA’s programmes was held in the Auditorium of the University of Lomé. Chaired by Prof. Akakpo Yaovi, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the session was attended by about 150 junior researchers, researchers and university authorities.
The CODESRIA Secretariat was represented by Mr. Coumba Ndoffene Diouf, Programme Manager and Ms. Emilie Diouf Sarr, Administrative Assistant at the Training, Grants and Fellowships Department.