CODESRIA entered the year 2012 with a new Executive Committee, a new President and a new Vice President, all of whom were elected during the 13th General Assembly of the Council held in December 2011 in Rabat, Morocco. The new President is Professor Fatima Harrak of the Institute of African Studies, Mohammad V Souissi University in Rabat, and the Vice-President is Prof. Dzodzi Tshikata of the University of Ghana, Legon. The full list of members of the new Executive Committee follows this editorial.
As the 13th President of CODESRIA, Prof. Harrak took over from Prof. Sam Moyo of the Africa Institute of Agrarian Studies in Harare. CODESRIA, with the guidance of the Executive Committee, achieved quite a lot, including the launching of new research and policy dialogue initiatives, the publication of many good books and the launching of a new journal of social science research methodologies, the adoption of new internal regulations, the revamping of the CODESRIA website and, indeed, almost the entire CODESRIA communications system, making effective use of the new social media to the extent of being ranked in the 2011 Go To Global Think Tanks Report of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania (USA) among the top 30 think tanks in the world “with the best use of the internet or social media to disseminate information and knowledge and engage the public”. In the same report, CODESRIA also featured among “the top 30 international development think tanks in the world”.
The new Executive Committee is already at work, managing an evaluation of CODESRIA, and a Strategic Planning process, while continuing to perform its normal oversight and leadership roles. Although the Council still has many challenges to overcome, the good news is that the results of the evaluation are positive.