During the 14th General Assembly that held in Dakar, Senegal in June 2015, CODESRIA adopted a new Charter which heralded some changes in its governance mechanisms. The changes relate mainly to the way members of the Executive Committee of the Council are elected. The Assembly resolved that:
(i) members of the Executive Committee will, beginning with the 15th General Assembly in 2018 be elected on the basis that such members are in good standing and have records of continued engagement in intellectual production or activity.
(ii) to be eligible, members should be persons that have integrity within the community in which they belong, and are familiar with and share the vision of CODESRIA.
In accordance with the new Charter Charter adopted in the GA in June 2015, only members who have fully paid up their membership dues for two years, the current year of the election inclusive, are qualified to vote or stand for elective positions. I wish therefore to use this medium to invite members of the Council to pay up their membership dues in order to increase their chances of being qualified to participate in the elections scheduled to hold sometime in 2018, preparatory to the General Assembly scheduled in December 2018.
For persons who do not have access to the Paypal or other electronic debit/credit system, alternative payment methods such as direct transmission to the bank or conveyance to CODESRIA through visitors still subsist.