Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا


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Dear Colleagues,
The 15th Edition of CODESRIA’s Newsletter comes your way with news that will surely interest you. The CODESRIA 14th General Assembly has come and gone, but CODESRIA remains immeasurably thankful to all its members, members of the social science research community in Africa generally and the rest of the world, as well as funders, partners and well-wishers to for their contributions to the success of the conference. Special thanks must go to the government and people of Senegal who have not only hosted CODESRIA for all these years but have also provided the atmosphere conducive for the critical and sometimes contentious dialogues that CODESRIA engages in. Baaba Maal’s performance during the gala night was quintessential. Cherio!

In this Edition we share with you the opinions of Kegoro regarding the free passage given to President Al Bashir of Sudan to jump a court order during the just concluded AU meeting ordering that Bashir be handed over to the International Criminal Court for trial. Do you agree with him? This piece is shared in view of the controversy about the role and pattern of ICC’s justice system in managing crimes against humanity – is ICC designed only African leaders?

Next is the observed rising profile of Nollywwod. Wachira Kigotho re-echoes Dr Oluyemi Oyenike Fayomi’s position that Nollywood can serve the purpose of integration in West Africa. We also highlight “Africa’s imperative to determine its own future” , a keynote presented by Carlos Lopes of UNECA during the GA. This imperative is given some fillip by the rising quality of African social science research as reported by the University World News. Finally we bring your way a new member of CODESRIA’s list of institutes that focuses on Economic Justice as well as a new programme strengthening PhD programmes in African Universities. Finally, we remind you of the World Social Science Forum holding on African soil during 13-16 September 2015.

Happy reading

July 6 2015