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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About us

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. It was established in 1973 as an independent pan-African research organisation primarily focusing on social sciences research in Africa.

Mission Statement

It is recognised not only as the pioneer African social research organisation but also as the apex non-governmental centre of social knowledge production on the continent.

Its objectives are to:

  • Promote and facilitate research and knowledge production in Africa using a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach. The Council is committed to combating the fragmentation of knowledge production, and the African community of scholars along various disciplinary and linguistic/geographical lines;
  • Promote and defend the principle of independent thought and the academic freedom of researchers in the production and dissemination of knowledge;
  • Encourage and support the development of African comparative research with a continental perspective and a sensitivity to the specificity of the development process in Africa;
  • Promote the publication and dissemination of research results undertaken by African scholars;
  • Strengthen the institutional basis of knowledge production in Africa by proactively engaging and supporting other research institutions and their networks of scholars within its programmes of activities. As part of this goal, the Council also actively encourages cooperation and collaboration among African universities, research organisations and other training institutions;
  • Encourage inter-generational and gender-sensitive dialogues in the African academy as a further investment of effort in the promotion of awareness and capacity for the use of different prospectives for knowledge production;
  • Promote contacts and dialogue between African researchers and researchers on Africa elsewhere in the world, as well as interaction between the Council and similar international organisations.

Our Partners


OSSREA (Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa)

OSIWA (Open society for West Africa)

CROP (The Comparative Research Programme on Poverty)

ERNWACA (Educational Research Network for West and Central Africa)

UAPS (Union for African Population Studies)

Université du Botswana

UCAD (Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar)

Université Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique

UGB (Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis)

University of Ghana Legon, Ghana

Université de Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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The Executive Committee


Isabel Maria Alçada Padez Cortesão Casimiro

Rokhaya Fall

Ibrahim Mouiche

Lyn Ossome

Mshai S. Mwangola

Brahim El Morchid

Jacques Tshibwabwa

Slaheddinne Ben Fredj

Ramola Ramtohul

Nana Akua Anyidoho


The Scientific Committee


Cheryl Hendricks

Driss Ksikes

Funmi Olonisakin

Fatima Denton

Nansozi K. Muwanga

Samuel Negash

Maitseo Bolaane

Nacer Djabi

Jean-Christophe Boungou Bazika

Adebayo Olukoshi

Marema Toure


Key documents


CODESRIA Charter Amendment Proposals

CODESRIA Charter

Strategic plan

CODESRIA Research Policy

Annual reports

Report of External Evaluation. Consolidation and Renewal: CODESRIA in the New Millennium


The Executive Secretariat



Public Statements


STATEMENT OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ON THE SUSPENSION OF SECTIONS OF THE BY-LAWS

Violations and abuses of Academic Freedom in Malawi : CODESRIA Postpones Holding of International Colloquium in Honour of Professor Thandika Mkandawire

Declaration of intellectuals and scholars about the destruction of manuscripts of Timbuktu

Kampala Declaration on African History

An Urgent Call for the Release of the Ethiopia 38

Safeguarding Academic Freedom in the University of Kinshasa!

Message of solidarity with the people of Guinea

Declaration on Africa’s Development Challenges

The Dar Es Salaam Declaration on Academic Freedom and Social Responsibility of Academics

The Kampala Declaration on Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility

Juba Declaration on Academic Freedom and University Autonomy


Tributes


Jacques Kazadi Nduba wa Dile, 1936-2020: A Pioneering CODESRIA Academic Voice

Prof. Ken Walibora passed away!

Thandika Mkandawire has passed on!

CODESRIA Tribute to Prof. Pius Adesanmi

HOMENAGEM DO CODESRIA - SAMIR AMIN (1931-2018): UM TITÃ FOI PARA CASA DESCANSAR

CODESRIA TRIBUTE - SAMIR AMIN (1931-2018): A TITAN HAS GONE HOME TO REST

Death of Professor Yoro Fall

Tribute to Professor Fatima Mernissi

Nigeria to Zimbabwe: Remembering Sam Moyo By David Johnson

Tribute to Professor Sam Moyo, a Great Intellectual, and a Man of Integrity

Tribute to Bernard Makhosezwe MagubaneJimi O. Adesina _ University of the Western Cape _ Cape Town, South Africa

Tribute to Hocine Khelfaoui