Repositioning CODESRIA – Contributing to Africa’s Future
Members of CODESRIA and the African social science community will assemble in Dakar, Senegal, 8-12 June 2015 for the 14th General Assembly of the Council; an event which is usually the largest assembly of African scholars in the social sciences and humanities on the continent. This year, about 400 participants from across Africa and beyond will be at the General Assembly to share ideas and collectively reflect on issues vital for the development of the continent.
The theme of the General Assembly, ‘Creating African futures in an era of global transformations’, underlines the increasing focus of the CODESRIA on the future as a project to be actively constructed. This commitment is partly reflected in the broad objective of seeking to contribute to the various efforts that seek to mold a better future for the African continent. The African Union Agenda 2063 is a leading project in this important endeavour, and one that CODESRIA seeks to contribute to.
The Council realizes that, as an organization dedicated to basic research, the fundamental contribution it can bring to this exercise of creating our future is to continue to produce cutting edge knowledge on Africa in the world. The range of themes covered in the twelve peer reviewed journals that the Council publishes or supports, and the books published over the years show that CODESRIA has been doing just that. This, however, is no reason for CODESRIA to rest on its laurels.