Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا
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Multinational Working Groups (MWGs)

The Multinational Group Work (GMT) is the oldest research tool and the most frequently used by CODESRIA. He became the most important instrument of CODESRIA to mobilize the social sciences research community around a specific problem on the Pan African scale.

The Multinational Working Group (MWG) is the flagship research vehicle employed by CODESRIA for the promotion of multi-country and multidisciplinary reflection on critical questions of concern to the African social science research community. MWGs are established to work on one of the research priorities identified by the CODESRIA General Assembly.
• The establishment of an MWG is usually preceded by a Green Book or a concept paper consisting of a state of the art review of the literature and an agenda for research on the topic of the MWG; and a call for proposals, at least partly based on the Green Book or concept paper is issued prior to the launching of the MWG.
• Each MWG is led by two to three coordinators; as far as possible, coordinators have different disciplinary and linguistic backgrounds and genders. Coordinators of MWGs are senior scholars with a track record of research and publishing on the theme of the MWG; they are appointed by the Executive Secretariat of CODESRIA, but are autonomous when it comes to decisions on the quality of proposal, or the relevance of the latter to the theme of the MWG. Ultimately, this means that they decide on who should or should not be part of their MWG.
• CODESRIA pays a research grant and provides adequate support in terms of access to documentation, the expertise of relevant resource persons to each member of the MWG.
• Each MWG is encouraged to hold a methodological workshop involving all of its members, and a mid-term review workshop to assess the progress made by each of the participants in the work of the group, a terminal workshop to review the draft papers. Members of MWGs are encouraged to carry out fieldwork over extended periods of time, and are expected to produce publishable, research based papers. More experienced scholars in the MWG are encouraged to mentor the younger ones in course of the life of the MWG. MWG coordinators edit the research of the papers of the MWG members and submit a book manuscript for publication in CODESRIA Book Series.

List of Multinational Working Groups (MWGs)

1. Urban Processes & Change

2. The State and its Dissidents: Towards a Geography of Africa from Below

3. Higher Education in Africa: Crises, Reform & Transformation

4. Land in the Struggles for Democracy and Rights

5. Citizenship and Identity in Contemporary Africa

6. The Political Economy of the Welfare and Rights of HIV/ADS Patients

7. Gender and National Politics

8. African Real Economies

9. Youth and Identity in Africa

10. Africa and its Diasporas

To see if there is currently a call for applications for Multinational Working Groups, please consult the <rubrique7> section. For further information on Multinational Working Groups, please send a message to this address:
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November 18 2009