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Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa



Jean Pierre Idrissa Benoit Diouf, 1959 – 2023

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Jean Pierre Diouf who passed away on Wednesday, August 2nd 2023 in Dakar, Senegal. He was laid to rest later that same day in Dakar.

Born in 1959 in Dakar, Jean Pierre Diouf’s professional career included serving as the Head of the Library at the “Centre d’Enseignement Supérieur en Soins Infirmiers” (CESSI) of the Ministry of Public Health of the Republic of Senegal from 1986 to 1987. His illustrious journey at CODESRIA started in 1987 and encompassed roles as the Senior Librarian and, subsequently, the Chief Librarian at the CODESRIA Documentation Center (CODICE) until his retirement from the Council in 2019.

Jean Pierre Diouf was a well-known figure within the CODESRIA community for his role as an entry point in the Council’s resource centre. As a specialist in Information Systems Management, he was the person members of the community counted on when seeking information from the Council’s library. He was consistently diligent and prompt in providing such assistance.

Moreover, Jean Pierre Diouf played significant roles in major CODESRIA activities. Elected  best employee of the Council in 2003, he was the main coordinator of the Council’s General Assemblies from 2002, commencing with the 10th General Assembly in Kampala, Uganda, through to the 15th General Assembly held in 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. He also held major responsibilities in the Council’s Tender Committee, at some point serving as the chairperson.

Jean Pierre Diouf is survived by his wife, Diéye Diouf, and his daughters Fatoumata Yandé Diouf and Aicha Diouf.

On behalf of the Executive Committee, the Secretariat, and the broader membership of CODESRIA, we extend our deepest condolences to his family.

May his soul rest in eternal peace !

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