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Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa




The CODESRIA Charter is the core institutional document that formalises the establishment of the Council, outlines its objectives and functions, and expounds on its composition and membership.

Revised and adopted by the 14th General Assembly of CODESRIA held in Dakar, Senegal in 2015, it tasks the Council with the following eight objectives:

  • Develop the social sciences in Africa by mobilising the African social science community to undertake fundamental policy-oriented research from a perspective that is relevant to the demands of the African people.
  • Encourage and support comparative research with a continental perspective expressing the specificity of development processes in Africa.
  • Promote the publication and distribution of the research output of African scholars.
  • Promote an African network for the dissemination of information in the social sciences.
  • Promote and defend the principle of independent thought and research and the liberty of researchers.
  • Encourage co-operation and collaboration between African universities and social science research, training and publishing organisations.
  • Promote contacts and develop interaction between CODESRIA and similar international organisations.
  • Promote balanced gender, generational, sub-regional, linguistic and disciplinary representation and participation in its activities.

These objectives are to be achieved through:

  • Exchanging and disseminating information relating to research, training and publishing activities.
  • Promoting translation into African languages, as the case may be, of important social science publications and documents.
  • Reinforcing the research and training capacity of African universities, through the provision of fellowships and grants.
  • Organising working groups, seminars and conferences.
  • Promoting the exchange of academic staff between African universities and research institutes.
  • Issuing and disseminating publications relevant to the activities of the Council.

To view the full CODESRIA Charter click here

To ensure that it meets the current needs and priorities of the continental and diasporic community, the Council formulates a Strategic Plan every five years. Its goal is to elaborate a programme of action within the broad ambit of the Charter. The five-year planning cycle is a recent development; previous cycles ran from between three to four years only.

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