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Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa

Facilitating Research that Advances the Reimagining and Creation of African Futures

About Research in CODESRIA

‘There is no fatality about the African condition’, was the basic assumption of CODESRIA’s interest in establishing a research arm. The basic assumptions that informed the launching of the CODESRIA Research Programme remain as valid to this day as they were in 1973.

Research, when properly undertaken and deployed, can and should play a key role in the social transformation and development of the African continent – as, indeed, of any other region of the world.

African scholars, through their research output, can and are expected not only to contribute to the expansion of the frontiers of scientific knowledge but also to strengthen research capacity within the continent. This serves many purposes, but primarily in responding to the multifaceted challenges of development that confront society.

The Council, therefore, mobilises support for research in the conviction that the primacy of knowledge, and the freedom to pursue and transmit it, are indispensable to the progress and advancement of any society.

The core activities of the CODESRIA Research Programme are carried out through the Meaning-making Research Initiative. For the 2022–2026 programme cycle, four core thematic areas and four cross-cutting issues have been proposed to constitute areas around which CODESRIA will mobilise its research agenda.

A major cornerstone of the work of the Council is to ensure that no programme works in a silo. As such, the Research Programme functions with other programmes to implement activities that jointly fall under research and the collaborative programme.