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January 2014
Features / Chroniques

Accumulation by Dispossession, Climate Change and Natural Resources Governance in Africa

Global economic and political initiatives, allied with national governments and other national and multi-lateral players, are driving a process of massive land alienations in the developing world. The land alienations are located in a narrative of promoting Foreign Direct Investment which will stimulate the modernization of the agricultural sector through large scale commercial farming, and thus ensure ‘development’ and food security. The impacts of the land alienations on local livelihoods (...)

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Author(s): James Murombedzi

Mandela’s legacy: a man of many parts

Nelson Mandela— whose followers and admirers referred to him often by his clan name, Mandiba—passed away on 5 December 2013, at age 95. He was undoubtedly one of the most inspirational figures in the period since World War 2: a humane visionary with exemplary courage, gentle but firm in his dealings and demeanour, proud in the face of racist humiliations, with monumental patience and indomitable revolutionary will to liberate himself and his people from the Apartheid system into which he was (...)

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Author(s): Aijaz Ahmad

Mandela: Could he have negotiated a better deal at independence?

Could Mandela have used his moral authority to usher a socialist revolution in South Africa?, as some on the left appear to believe. I will come back to this later. It is a much bigger question than say “Could he have negotiated a better deal at independence?" The answer to the latter question I believe is, yes, he could have. On reflection, I am convinced that Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) need not have settled for so little after 100 years of a titanic, heroic (...)

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Author(s): Yash Tandon

Enterrant Mandela pour mieux liquider l’humanité

Ce qui suit fut inspiré, en partie, par un article « Terrorisme publicitaire » paru dans Le Monde. (26 octobre 2013), écrit par Hans Magnus Enzensberger –traduit de l’allemand par Frédéric Joly. Selon ma lecture, l’auteur illustre comment l’humanité s’est retrouvée prisonnière d’un mode de vie carcéral dicté par un petit groupe dont les racines, contrairement à l’argument de l’auteur, vont beaucoup plus loin que le 19ème siècle et la naissance de l’industrie manufacturière de l’Europe. La publicité telle (...)

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Amilcar Cabral and the Pan-African Project

I would like to thank President Pedro Pires and the Amilcar Cabral Foundation for inviting me to this Forum. This is the third time I come to Praia for another scholarly forum on the exemplary life and work of Amilcar Cabral, following the international symposia of 1983 and 2004. Building on my contribution to the second symposium, which is in line with one of this forum’s objectives to discuss “the thought of Amilcar Cabral in the contemporary perspective,” my paper will focus on the (...)

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Kenya’s Civil Society & Extractive Industries: Buying into Neoliberalism?

It is astonishing that after over a century of resource extraction on the African continent, accompanied by a bloody colonial history, decades of war in mineral-rich countries like the DRC and the gradual impoverishment of communities living in resource rich areas, civil society in Kenya does not interrogate extraction from a historical and informed perspective. Civil society organizations are often tasked with the difficult and painstaking work of advocating on behalf of, or in solidarity (...)

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Author(s): Zahra Moloo

The Veil: Flag of the Muslim Far Right

Marieme Helie Lucas is an Algerian sociologist and founder of the organizations Women Living Under Muslim Laws and Secularism is a Women’s Issue. In this interview, conducted by Iranian exiled feminist leader Maryam Namazie, she presents a provocative view of the controversy over the face-veil ban in France—an issue which has paradoxically seen Western progressives making common cause with Muslim conservatives, and Western conservatives purporting to act in the name of feminism. This (...)

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Edward Snowden: A healing voice

Like many people, I was surprised to hear of Edward Snowden’s decision to leave his job and move toward Hong Kong in search of a place where he could reconcile his conscience with his understanding of humanity and the US Constitution. Ever since, I have been trying to understand how he had come to a decision that, one may be certain, others contemplated, but then did not pursue for reasons that are not important, at this point, to figure out. As days, weeks, months passed, most citizens of (...)

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Way forward for Tanzania Gas and Petroleum sector

When society uses commodities as gas and petroleum as means of creating courty’s wealth, it is imppossiple in the current symtem. In fact the discovery of natural resorces plunders Tanzanias and other Africans into a poverty trench this will be one of the main point of the coming report on gas and petroleum sector. Gas and oil both of them are important commodity for the society Tanzanite in Manyara Lindi and Mtwara Gas and oil, Shinyanga Diamond, Morogoro and Ruvuma Uranium to list only (...)

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Author(s): Amina Hassan

Leadership in Africa: From Autocracy to the Voice of the Voiceless

I would like to thank Ahmed Samatar for organizing this roundtable and inviting me to speak. I am not going to dwell on the first two questions – what is leadership and if and why it is important – in order to go directly to the lessons we have learned about leadership in Africa during the last 50 years. Since the ASA is made up of very smart people, I am sure that you will figure out the answers to the first two questions out of our discussion. My main argument is that there is a leadership (...)

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Asset Poverty In Rural West Nile Region, Uganda, 2009

Poverty headcount has declined in Uganda from 56% in 1992 to 25% in 2010. However, northern Uganda exhibit about twice the national poverty levels amidst a number of risks that are disrupting its economic stabilization. One is left but to ask: “How resilient are rural households to risks?” Using data from West Nile Development Initiative programme the paper shows that 98.7% of rural households were asset poor contrary to the national poverty headcount of 46.2%. By net worth, only 4% and 1% (...)

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Author(s): Alfred Lakwo

La double-présence au sein des institutions internationales

Paul Elvic BATCHOM Introduction : Pourquoi un Etat adhère-t-il à une position collective dans le cadre d’une institution internationale et affiche au plan interne une conduite contraire ? Pourquoi certains Etats africains, ayant adhéré à la position de l’Union africaine quant aux mandats d’arrêt émis par la CPI contre les présidents El Béchir et Kadhafi adoptent-ils une position contraire au regard de leurs politiques internes ? L’interrogation ainsi soulevée doit être comprise en lien avec la (...)

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Viewpoints / Opinions

Révolution tunisienne: Fascisation intégriste-luttes populaires

Il se compose de trois parties : I - Les conditions objectives de la révolution. II - Le mouvement intégriste fait main basse sur l’appareil de l’état. III - Les luttes populaires et démocratiques Révolution tunisienne-fascisation intégriste-luttes populaires I - Les conditions objectives de la révolution Il est clairement établi que tous les mouvements sociaux, les mouvements de Protestation et les soulèvements dans le monde, ont pour causes fondamentales -sans compter les effets de la (...)

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Author(s): Mounir Kachoukh
Announcements / Annonces

Journal of Identity, Culture & Politics: An Afro-Asian Dialogue

Deadline: Monday, February 10, 2014 Call for Papers The Journal of Identity, Culture & Politics (ICP): An Afro-Asian Dialogue is a peer-reviewed journal published by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and Centre for Alternative (CA) of University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. The Editorial team of ICP is seeking original article for its upcoming issue. We invite manuscript on the issue of democracy, governance and development. Potential writer/s can (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web

Pax Academica

Bulletin on Academic Freedom in Africa Cahiers sur les libertés académiques en Afrique CODESRIA is pleased to announce its newsletter dedicated to academic freedom in Africa entitled PAX ACADEMICA. The main purpose of this newsletter is to provide the community of African researchers a tool for the dissemination of the fundamental principles and rules of academic freedom in Africa. It aims to promote an emancipatory message of academic freedom and remind academics of their social (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web

2014 Call for Nominations: WWSF Prize for women’s creativity in rural life

20th Anniversary - Deadline 30 April 2014 Dear Friends and Partners, The Women’s World Summit Foundation - WWSF - cordially invites you to submit nominations for its 20th annual Prize for women’s creativity in rural life, honoring and awarding creative and courageous women and women’s groups around the world working to improve the quality of life in rural communities. Since inception of the Prize program in 1994, 395 Laureates have been honored for their commitment and creativity with a (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web
CODESRIA Bulletin / Bulletin du CODESRIA

CODESRIA Bulletin, Nos 3 & 4, 2013

Director of Publications: Alex Bangirana Managing Editor: Mamadou Dramé Typesetting: Daouda Thiam Dakar, Senegal Editorial: The Mandela We Will Remember CODESRIA Honoured Latin “American and Caribbean” Regional Integration Award 2013 CODESRIA Acceptance Speech, Ebrima Sall Tributes to Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) “The Death of Mandela...”, Thandika Mkandawire The Mandela I Knew, Saths Cooper
Hamba Khale, Madiba, Firoze Manji
Mandela’s Long Walk, Paul T. Zeleza Debates Peacekeeping as Occupation, (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web
CODESRIA Books / Livres du CODESRIA

Children and Youth in Africa: Annotated Bibliography 2001–2011

Children and Youth in Africa: Annotated Bibliography (2001–2011). Mwenda Ntarangwi. Dakar, CODESRIA, 2014, 204 p., ISBN: 978-2-86978-587-8 Full Text

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Author(s): Mwenda Ntarangwi

Gender & Citizenship in the Global Age

One of the major issues this book examines is what the African experience and identity have contributed to the debate on citizenship in the era of globalisation. This volume presents case studies of different African contexts, illustrating the gendered aspects of citizenship as experienced by African men and women. Citizenship carries manifold gendered aspects and given the distinct gender roles and responsibilities, globalisation affects citizenship in different ways. It further examines (...)

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CODESRIA Journals / Revues du CODESRIA

Africa Review of Books, Volume 9, n° 2, 2013

Is Good Governance a Pre-requisite for Africa’s Development? JOMO KWAME SUNDARAM and ANIS CHOWDHURY Quel (s) rôle (s) pour la sociologie en Afrique ? The Mad and Impossible Poetry of Lagos SANYA OSHA Penser la Révolution en Tunisie et dans le Monde arabe : quel contenu pour un compromis historique ? HASSAN REMAOUN Adwa: ‘A Milestone in the Creation of Modern Ethiopia’ BAHRU ZEWDE Revisiter la production scientifique de langue arabe dans l’Afrique du Nord et Subsaharienne BENNACEUR (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web

African Sociological Review, Volume 17, n°1, 2013

Editorial | General Issues | Negation and Affirmation: a critique of sociology in South Africa Bongani Nyoka |Research Papers Perceived Threat of Malaria and the Use of Insecticide Treated Bed Nets in Nigeria, Ali Arazeem Abdulahi, Cecilia Van Zyl-Schalekamp and Anton Senaka | Women and Development in Urban Senegal: Microcredit and Social Capital , Safiétou Kane | Provider expectations and father involvement: learning from experiences of poor “absent fathers” in Gauteng, South Africa Eddy (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web
News and Information / Actualités et informations

Call for Applications: Summer School in Human Rights Litigation



The Open Society Justice Initiative and Central European University invite applicants for the 2014 Summer School in Human Rights Litigation, to be held in Budapest from July 21 to 25. The summer school provides a unique opportunity for established human rights professionals to build on their experience and to develop their skills to successfully bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN treaty bodies, and to use those cases to achieve practical change. The curriculum will (...)

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Caribbean Philosophical Association: Shifting the Geoography of Reason

The Caribbean Philosophical Association is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the association’s awards for contributions to Caribbean thought and philosophical literature: The Frantz Fanon Lifetime Achievement Award Leonard Harris http://www.cla.purdue.edu/philosophy/directory/?personid=41 A pioneer in the academic study of African American philosophy with his groundbreaking Philosophy Born of Struggle and The Philosophy of Alain Locke, Harris continues to be at the forefront (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web

ADDRF 2014 Call for Applications

Deadline: March 20, 2014 The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), in partnership with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), is pleased to announce the seventh call for applications for the African Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowships (ADDRF). The ADDRF Fellowship Program seeks to facilitate more rigorous engagement of doctoral students in research, strengthen their research skills, and provide them an opportunity for timely completion of their (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web

New Threat to Economic Role of the State

The economically successful developing countries are characterised as having a strong “developmental state”. But this role of the state is coming under attack in new global rules being created. _ Food is one of the most important and emotive of all issues. As consumers, we can’t survive without it.Agriculture also employs the most people in most developing countries. Ensuring farmers have enough income is key to development and social stability. Some countries that did not achieve this have (...)

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Author(s): Martin Khor

When Foreign Investors Sue the State

The investor-state dispute system, whereby foreign investors can sue the government in an international tribunal, is one of the issues being negotiated in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and other free trade agreements. Visit the South Centre’s website: www.southcentre.int.

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Author(s): Martin Khor

BRITISH COMPANY VEDANTA-KCM MADE $362 MILLION IN 2013, REPORT REVEALS

Report breaks misconception - Vedanta is a British company making huge profits from KCM. Key shareholders behind Zambia’s copper mines revealed. Vedanta are being opposed all over the world for undervaluing resources and violating laws. Foil Vedanta have today released a report on the operations of Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) in Zambia. The report reveals that, contrary to popular opinion in Zambia, Vedanta (KCM’s parent company) is not Indian but wholly British owned and controlled, and is (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web

WWSF Prize for women’s creativity in rural life

The Women’s World Summit Foundation - WWSF - cordially invites you to submit nominations for its 20th annual Prize for women’s creativity in rural life, honoring and awarding creative and courageous women and women’s groups around the world working to improve the quality of life in rural communities. Since inception of the Prize program in 1994, 395 Laureates have been honored for their commitment and creativity with a cash award of US$ 1000 each. All prizewinners and brief description of (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web

1804 Caribvoices Newsletter: Pan-Caribbean Voices for Integration & Social Justice

This pan-Carribbean newsletter provides regular features on political developments in the Caribbean. Edited by Norman Girvan, it is an excellent resource for keeping up to date with a region intimately linked with Africa.

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web

Ten Steps to Dictatorship: Why The Grassroots Movement in Haiti Is Taking To the Streets Against President

At great personal risk Haitians have been demonstrating massively in cities throughout the country for the last several months calling for President Michel Martelly to step down, including September 30 and October 17, dates of important coup d’etats in Haitian history, and November 29, the date of an election day massacre in 1987. By choosing these historically significant dates, the Haitian grassroots majority is clearly saying they want an end to Martelly and to the 10-year UN military (...)

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Author(s): Michel Martelly

eBook editions of AMUCHMA publications for free

eBook versions of the following four books published originally by the African Mathematical Union Commission on the History of Mathematics in Africa (AMUCHMA) are now available and can be downloaded for free from the Lulu website: * Gerdes, Paulus & Djebbar, Ahmed (2011), “History of Mathematics in Africa: AMUCHMA 25 Years”, 2 volumes (Volume 1: 1986-1999; Volume 2: 2000-2011), 924 pp. (Forewords: Saliou Touré, President, African Mathematical Union; Craig Fraser & Elena Ausejo, Chair (...)

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Author(s): Paulus Gerdes

2012 World debt figures

CADTM is very pleased to make this book available to a wide public. It has been completely updated and enhanced. It may be freely copied by other sites and reproduced for non profit uses provided that a link to the CADTM website is clearly visible (www.cadtm.org). Feel free to send your comments and information on the personal or collective use you make of this book to info cadtm.org. Your messages will be forwarded to the (...)

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Author(s): CADTM

Thandika Mkandawire speaks about Mandela

La disparition de Nelson Mandela à l’âge de 94 ans a été une occasion pour rendre hommage à Nelson Mandela et à tous les hommes et à toutes les femmes qui se sont battus pour mettre un terme au régime d’Apartheid qui sévissait en Afrique du Sud. La Radiodiffusion Télévision du Sénégal (RTS) a rendu un vibrant hommage au leader de l’ANC en organisant une édition spéciale ce vendredi 6 Décembre 2013 avec comme invité principal, Dr. Ebrima Sall, Secrétaire exécutif du CODESRIA. La RTS est revenu sur cet (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web

Amilcar Cabral : Recueil de textes introduit par Carlos Lopes

Collection "Pensées d’hier pour demain"
 Cette collection du CETIM se propose d’offrir au public, jeune en particulier, de courts recueils de textes de divers acteurs qui, hier, furent au coeur de la lutte des peuples pour l’émancipation et dont, aujourd’hui, la pensée s’impose toujours comme de la plus grande actualité.

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Né en 1924, dirigeant historique du mouvement pour l’indépendance de la Guinée-Bissau et du Cap-Vert, Amilcar Cabral a été assassiné à Conakry le 20 janvier 1973, trahi par (...)

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Author(s): CETIM

Mouhamadou Moustapha Sow à la tête du Centre national de documentation scientifique

Conseiller technique en communication au ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche depuis décembre 2009, Mouhamadou Moustapha Sow vient d’être nommé au poste de directeur du Centre national de documentation scientifique et technique (Cndst). Docteur en Histoire, Mouhamadou Moustapha Sow, que ses intimes appellent Foyré, n’en est pas moins un spécialiste de la communication. Proche de la quarantaine, marié et père de deux enfants, il a eu un parcours académique et professionnel que l’on (...)

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Author(s): CODESRIA Web

Calling to the Youth of the World to participate in the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students

Adopted at the 1st International Preparatory Meeting for the 18th WFYS, South Africa March 26-27 2013 In the past and present, youth have always played a significant role in the struggle of all societies forprogress and social justice. The youth was militantly present in the greatest struggles of the peoples for peace, solidarity and social transformation. In a world where imperialism presents itself as aninevitability, the anti-imperialist struggle proves that the youth choose their own (...)

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Le Codesria publie un livre sur le révolutionnaire Amilcar Cabral

Le Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique (Codesria) annonce avoir publié un nouvel ouvrage consacré à Amilcar Cabral, en collaboration avec Daraja Press, une association à but non lucratif regroupant différentes personnalités dont des chercheurs africains. « Claim no easy victories : the Legacy of Amílcar Cabral » (en français Ne pas revendiquer de victoires faciles : l’héritage de Amical Cabral), est le titre de cet ouvrage édité par Bill Fletcher Jr. Et Firoze (...)

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Author(s): APS
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