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

AEGIS - African studies in Europe

AARC (African and Arab Research Centre), Cairo

NAI (Nordic Africa Institute)

Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

IDEAs (International Development Economics Associates), New Delhi

ECDPM (European Centre for Development Policy Management)

FAWE (Forum for African Women Educationalists)

SARUA (Southern Afican Regional Universites Association)

WACSI (West African Civil Society Institute)

CDD West Africa (Center for Democracy and Development West Africa), Abuja

Ghana Center for Democratic Development

Point Sud (Centre de Recherche sur le Savoir Local), Bamako, Mali

Centre pour la gouvernance démocratique (Ouagadougou)

IDG (International Data Group), Ghana

FAFO, Oslo

CMI, Bergen, Norway

European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes

AAS (The African Academy of Sciences)

EURASC, (European Academy of Sciences)

African Research and Resource Centre, Nairobi

Institute of African Studies, Rabat

AIAS (African Institute of Agrarian Studies)

SSRC (Social Science Research Council), New York

ICSSR (Indian Council of Social Science Research)

University of Cape Town

WITS University, Jo’Burg

University of the Western Cape, South Africa

CEDRES (Centre d’Etudes, de Documentation et de Recherche économiques et sociales)

LAM (Les Afriques dans le Monde)

Makerere Institute of Social Research, Kampala


Institute of African Studies, Ghana Legon

Mwalimu Nyerere Chair, Dar-es-Salaam

Kwame Nkrumah Chair, Accra

Cabral Chair, Praia

ASA (African Studies Association, USA)

IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

APISA (Asian Political and International Studies Association)

CAFRAD (African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development)

ASC/Leiden (African Studies Centre)

CEA/ISCTE-IUL (Centre d’études africaines)

CRASC (Centre de Recherche en Anthropologie Sociale et Culturelle)

CLACSO (Conseil latino-américain des sciences sociales)

FLACSO (Latin American School of Social Sciences)

Mo Ibrahim Foundation

FSS (Forum for Social Studies)

HSRC (Human Science Research Council)

AISA (Africa Institute of South Africa)

IAG (Africa Governance Institute)

IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement)

World Forum for Alternatives

Arab Council for the Social sciences


Association of African Universities

Association of African Women for Research and Development

African Forum for Alternatives

Third World Forum

Third World Network

Le Forum Social Mondial

South-South Sustainability Forum

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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

Alice Urusaro Uwagaga Karekezi

Key documents

CODESRIA Charter Amendment Proposals


Strategic plan

CODESRIA Research Policy

Annual reports

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

The Executive Secretariat

Public Statements


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


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



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

Tribute to Neville Alexander

Prof. Elikia M’bokolo, an erudite African historian honoured by CODESRIA

Tribute to Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Tribute to Harris Memel-Fotê

Tribute to Archie Mafeje

Tribute to Guy Mhone

Tribute to Chachage Seithy L. Chachage

CODESRIA Tribute to the Abuja Memorial in Honour of Prof. Abubakar Momoh

Prof Ernest Wamba dia Wamba, 1942-2020: Wamba-dia-Wamba is no longer with us!

Tribute to professor Ernest Wamba dia Wamba