The comparative research networks (DRR) are designed to foster and enhance comparative research in Africa at national, subregional and continental levels around a specific theme.
The CRNs form part of the research programme innovations recently introduced by the Council. They are designed to foster and enhance comparative research in Africa at the national, sub-regional and continental levels around a specific theme. Such a vehicle is deemed particularly necessary on account of the huge toll on the capacity for comparative research exacted by the prolonged crises in the African higher education system. In contributing to the revival and sustenance of comparative thinking, the Council also hopes to strengthen the African contribution to the comparative studies literature on the African experience.
CODESRIA sends out a call for proposals for the constitution of CRNs at the beginning of each year. Researchers are encouraged to initiate proposals for the establishment of CRNs within the broad intellectual agenda being pursued by the Council.
The proposals are required to identify the coordinator(s) and members of the network, the comparative questions which they seek to explore, and the time frame within which they hope to realise their objectives.
Those wishing to propose CRNs are encouraged to observe an 18-month time frame for the initiation and completion of the study.
An average of four new CRNs are established each year. Since the launching of this programme in 2002, a total of 21 CRNs have been launched, covering all the sub-regions of the continent, with participants from 27 countries. Well over 110 scholars have been members of, or resource persons to the CRNs, a good percentage of whom are young scholars. The range of fields covered has also been very broad, and include migration, public transport systems, higher education, religion, law, conflict and health.
Since 2005, a joint methodology workshop is organised for each cohort of CRNs. This is a way of strengthening the theoretical foundations of the networks and to sharpen the comparative questions. External resource persons are invited to the workshops to make presentations on the comparative method and its value, and also help in raising the level of the debates in the workshops, and to heighten the quality of the work of the CRN.
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