CODESRIA Sub-regional Methodological Workshop for Southern and Eastern Africa was held from 26 to 30 January 2015 at the African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) in Juja, Kenya. The workshop was attended by twenty participants including laureates from South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Gambia, Ethiopia, Burundi, Rwanda, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Cameroon.
The team of resource persons was led by Prof. Mildred Ndeda from the Department of History and Philosophy of the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Kenya. Prof. Ndeda was assisted by two resource persons: Prof. John Lekan Oyefara of the Department of Sociology, University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos and Prof. Narain Sinha from the Department of Economics, University of Botswana. The laureates at the workshop also benefited from the active participation of Prof. Kenneth Simala Inyani, a member of the Executive Committee of CODESRIA.
During the workshop, the laureates discussed many issues related to epistemology and ontology. They also looked at different modes of interpretation of reality in the social sciences. Lessons focused on the building of conceptual and theoretical frameworks, the elaboration of research hypotheses, techniques and data collection tools, as well as different methods of analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. Practical sessions allowed the laureates to discuss not only their research but also the practical use of the computer in data processing in social sciences.
One important event that was held, outside the workshop, was a session to disseminate information about CODESRIA to PhD students of Kenyatta University. The session which was organized with the assistance of Prof. Oanda and Prof. Sagna (Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Humanities) had about a hundred young and senior researchers in attendance. Prof. Kenneth Simala Inyani made a presentation on CODESRIA’s intellectual agenda, while various CODESRIA alumni also shared their experiences. A lot of the participants found the session very enriching and insightful.
The CODESRIA Secretariat was represented by Mr. Coumba Ndoffène Diouf, Programme Manager and Ms. Emilie Diouf Sarr, Administrative Assistant of the Training, Grants and Fellowships Programme. The local coordination was anchored by Ms. Pamela Ngesa, a doctoral student at the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Nairobi.