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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This 22nd Edition of the CODESRIA Newsletter comes your way with refreshing and interesting news reports and feature articles. On the occasion of the 86th meeting of its Executive Committee, CODESRIA organized a round table on the theme Youth, Democracy and Security with Professors Nkolo Foe (Vice President of CODESRIA) Slehedine Ben Frej (University of Tunis and CODESRIA’s executive committee member) and Bakary Sambe (Gaston Berger University of St. Louis) as the speakers. The roundtable, which was held on Thursday, 26 May 2016 in the premises of CODESRIA, was moderated by Prof. Pierre Sane (Founder of Imagine Africa and former Secretary General of Amnesty International). You will find reports on the round table in the newsletter.

As part of the partnership between CODESRIA and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Dr. Ebrima Sall, Executive Secretary of CODESRIA, was invited to moderate a round table on the 1994 genocide in Rwandan. Also, as part of efforts to make the Council more visible, CODESRIA’s Vice president, Prof. Nkolo Foe was the guest of pan-African television channel; Ouest TV. He talked extensively about CODESRIA, its vision, mission and objectives, as well as its achievements. Snippets from these interactions are featured here.

There are also several engaging articles in the newsletter. We have featured an article by Zipporah Misau titled: “Bamboo: Africa’s untapped potential” published by Africa Renewal. There is an interesting piece on “The Paris climate deal and Africa”. There is also a feature article by Ibrahim Oanda on academic freedom entitled: “How political interference keeps hurting Africa’s universities.” You will also find an article By Dr. Williams Nwagwu on “A Decade of Biomedical Research in West Africa (2005–14): A Bibliometric Analysis of the Ten Most Productive Countries in Medline”. In addition, we have information on our past and upcoming events. Enjoy your reading.

July 12 2016