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The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa is headquartered in Dakar Senegal. It was established in 1973 as an independent Pan-African research organisation with a primary focus on the social sciences, broadly defined. 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
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Developing Sustainable Higher Education Leadership Models in Tanzania

23. November 2018 - 17:41

J.F. Kessy, J.S. Kikula, A.L. Kaswamila, B. Kazimili, B.E. Mmary. CODESRIA, Dakar, 2018, ISBN: 978-2-86978-789-6

Higher Education Institutions in Tanzania are increasingly facing a decline in government subvention and reduced funding from other sources, including Faith-Based Organizations. This has led to a noticeable shift in emphasis within universities from academic excellence to income generation, with adverse effects on teaching, research and community outreach performance. This study critically engages with these issues by firstly highlighting the key challenges confronting Higher Education Institutions in Tanzania; secondly discuss university leadership models that could potentially guide universities to deal with the predicament of decreasing financing; and thirdly document relevant best practices. It is based on a longitudinal study of nine private and public universities in Tanzania

J.F. Kessy, Department of Forest and Environmental Economics, Sokoine University of Agriculture.

J.S. Kikula, Department of Business Administration & Entrepreneurship, Mzumbe University.

A.L. Kaswamila, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, University of Dodoma.

B. Kazimili, Department of Physics, University of Dar es Salaam.

B.E. Mmary, Administrative Officer for Council, Sokoine University of Agriculture.

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Strengthening Higher Education Leadership in Africa: A Study of Ghana's Situation

21. November 2018 - 16:35

John Gasu, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2018, ISBN: 978-2-86978-785-8

The liberal higher education landscape that has emerged in Africa is a product of a confuence of factors that defne the neoliberal agenda in the continent. The prior notions of state responsibility for funding higher education have largely disappeared. The hegemonic leverage that the World Bank came to wield in the scheme of higher education in Africa facilitated the minimalist approach to state funding in the continent. The state was thence expected to downscale funding to public institutions; as the imperative was for the latter to corporatise their operations. As the liberal landscape became inundated with commercial actors from within and without the country, the governance cultures in higher education shifted away from the collegial to managerialism. With the erosion of the old governance cultures, fears arose about the level of quality African universities would continue to exude as the drive for fund mobilisation through commercial teaching activities became pervasive. The fear has been about the potential loss of research output as an essential part of higher education, as commercialisation of teaching services becomes a signifcant source of mobilising funds. The debate is about whether African universities would become ‘teaching only' institutions. The capacity and the ability of leadership in African universities to steer their institutions successfully and be visible in the global knowledge production industry is an issue of concern in this book. The context in which African universities now fnd themselves and the ability of their leadership to transcend the challenges so as to restore stakeholders' confdence in service quality remain a nagging issue. The book places Ghana within the African framework by examining the ramifcations of the turn towards a managerial culture on the leadership capacities in six Ghanaian (public and private) universities. Measures taken by the various institutions to meet in-country and international competitions are also reckoned with.

John Gasu is a Political Scientist and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Political and Historical Studies of the University for Development Studies, (Wa Campus) Tamale, Ghana. John studied in University of Oslo and University of Ghana, Legon where he respectively obtained MPhil and PhD degrees in Political Science. He has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and also contributed chapters to edited books. His research interests are in governance especially in higher education, and social policy.

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Rethinking Higher Education Governance in Ghana: Reflections of a Professional Administrator

21. November 2018 - 16:03

Paul Effah, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2018, ISBN: 978-2-86978-786-5

This book is an institutional history of leadership in higher education institutions in Ghana, recounted through a rich narrative of the life and career trajectory of one of Ghana's pioneering university administrators. It offers insights into some of the complex set of challenges confronting the higher education system and institutions in Ghana at the turn of the century. The narrative starts off by tracing the development of higher education in Ghana through a history of Achimota College from the late 1920's right up to the current period; before moving on to a discuss leadership quandaries at Universities in the midst of turbulence, demonstrating the ways in which governance and leadership failure invites government intervention and intrusion into university administration. It provides engages with the challenges involved in establishing the higher education institutions in Ghana such as University for Development Studies Tamale and the National Council for Tertiary Education. Overall, the book emphasises the importance of targeted government investment in leadership and management training. The autobiographical approach used in the book allows the author to ask pertinent theoretical and policy questions on how to rethink the higher education system in Ghana.

Paul Effah President of Radford University College Ghana. He was the frst Registrar of the University for Development Studies, Tamale, after having held various positions in the offce of the Registrar of the University of Ghana, Legon, including secretaryship of the Committee of Vice Chancellors. He went on to serve as Executive Secretary of the National Council for Tertiary Education in Ghana. His area of expertise is governance and leadership in higher education, and has written extensively on this subject. Paul Effah is an international consultant, facilitating training of university leaders and managers in Africa. He is currently the President of Radford University College in East Legon, Accra, Ghana. He holds a BA (Ed).Hons from the University of Cape Coast and a MPA from the University of Ghana.

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Conference on Philanthropy: May 16-17, 2019 - Call for Applications

18. November 2018 - 13:37

The International Society for Third Sector Research (ISTR) and the Africa Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment at Wits Business School will co-host a PhD Seminar for approximately 20 PhD students at all stages of their doctoral research in topics related to the Third Sector, i.e., civil society, the nonprofit sub-sector, philanthropy, social economy, social investment, venture philanthropy, corporate social investment and volunteerism, among others.

The PhD Seminar is scheduled for May 14-15, 2019 prior to the first annual Conference on Philanthropy, organized by the Wits Business School's Centre for Philanthropy and Social Investment in collaboration with the Center for African Studies at Harvard University, TrustAfrica and Africa Philanthropy Forum on May 16-17, 2019. The conference will be held at the WBS School. The conference will address themes that include private sector giving, impact investing, sustainable development goals, philanthropy, civil society and various other topics. PhD Seminar students are required to attend the conference.


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Leadership and Crises in Nigerian Universities. Can Women Make a Difference?

13. November 2018 - 17:12

Leadership and Crises in Nigerian Universities. Can Women Make a Difference?
Caroline Okumdi Muoghalu, CODESRIA, Dakar, 2018, ISBN: 978-2-86978-759-9

Currently, globalization has made it necessary that universities operate optimally in order to compete effectively globally. In this regard, crises in Nigerian universities constitute a barrier to this goal and to sustainable development. The book-leadership and crises in Nigerian universities: Can women make a difference? is a phenomenal book which was inspired by incessant crises in Nigerian universities. The book discussed the crises in these universities in all its ramifcations. Importantly, in all these discussions, the book traced this problem to men's autocratic leadership style and established that bringing women into university leadership can actually make a difference in minimizing or eradicating these crises. I describe this book as a book of the moment because as we speak, a lot of crises are going on in universities in Nigeria. As such, providing an alternative leadership model in universities becomes very imperative and this is what this book has achieved. I therefore have no doubt that policy makers, university administrators and other university stakeholders will fnd the book interesting, informative and a great resource in our national and continental march towards building effective and effcient university organization in a globalized world

Caroline Okumdi Muoghalu holds a PhD from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a medical sociologist who focuses on HIV/AIDS, gender and health, particularly women's health and governance issues. She was a research fellow at the Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria before she joined the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the same institution. She is an associate lecturer in the Centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies of Obafemi Awolowo University and is an alumna of the Advanced Research Institute of the prestigious Brown University, Rhode Island, USA. Dr Muoghalu has published locally and internationally on urban poor women and governance in Nigeria.

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All about the 15th General Assembly

13. November 2018 - 13:32
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CODESRIA 15th General Assembly: Africa and the Crisis of Globalization, Dakar, Senegal, 17 - 21 December 2018

11. November 2018 - 17:04

Message from Dr Godwin Murunga, Executive Secretary of CODESRIA

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Honorary Doctor of Laws degree for Prof. Thandika Mkandawire

9. Oktober 2018 - 2:07

The University of York, Canada will confer upon Prof. Thandika Mkandawire, former Executive Secretary of CODESRIA and Professor at London School of Economics, an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree on October 14th 2018. The honour will be in recognition of Prof. Mkandawire's excellent record in scholarship and research in the area of development studies. The letter from the University's President reads: “In conferring this degree, the Senate of York University wishes to recognize your scholarship and research in development studies. Your international leadership, extensive experience in policy and advocacy, published works, and demonstrated excellence as an academic, in addition to your commitment to social justice, is commendable and serves as a model worthy of emulation by our graduands.”

Prof. Mkandawire served as the third Executive Secretary of CODESRIA and his tenure saw the expansion of the Council's programmes and funding base. The Council can attest to the attributes the President of York University in Canada cites in conferring this degree. Not only did Thandika (as he is popularly known within the community) play a critical role in building CODESRIA's research programmes and intellectual reputation, he was equally successful in institutionalising the Council into the leading pan-African institution it is today. On behalf of CODESRIA Secretariat and the CODESRIA community in general, we congratulate Thandika for this great honour and commend him for being a worthy ambassador of the Council and the African intellectual community.


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CODESRIA Policy Briefs No. 1, October 2016: Improving Inter-Communal Relations in Joal-Fadiouth by Ato Kwamena Onoma

27. September 2018 - 11:12

Insights from a Study on the Resting Places of the Dead

The settlements of Joal and Fadiouth in Senegal's Thies region enjoy levels of intercommunal harmony that many societies in Senegal and the rest of Africa will envy. Unfortunately, these localities are also beginning to display tensions over the questions of origins and faith that occur in many African countries. This policy brief sheds light on why life in Joal-Fadiouth is so harmonious and also suggests ways in which some of the burgeoning tensions can be handled to sustain social peace. Lessons from these cases can be useful for peace practitioners in other communities that face intercommunal tensions.

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CODESRIA Policy Briefs No. 3, June 2017: Security Regimens in Africa by Isaac Olawale Albert

26. September 2018 - 14:14

This policy brief takes a critical look at security regimens in Africa. Though most African conflicts start at the grassroots level, African governments prefer to manage them centrally using the coercive instruments of states. However, government forces in Africa are easily worsted by ‘rag tag armies' in a manner that calls for foreign intervention in African crises. The integrity of some of these foreign interventions is questioned. Though the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa have their peculiar security regimens these lack requisite capacity. Policy recommendations are made on how to address the contending issues.

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Notes de politique du CODESRIA No. 2 avril 2017: Comprendre de l'intérieur le fonctionnement des prisons Pour des politiques carcérales adaptées par Sylvain Landry Birane Faye

26. September 2018 - 14:05

Si la prison a longtemps été envisagée comme un lieu de réformation et de restauration de l'humanité des détenus, la manière dont elle a fonctionné dans les pays africains a consacré l'échec d'une telle ambition. Cet échec est illustré par l'ampleur des récriminations concernant les longues détentions préventives et les conditions de séjour précaires. Les réponses apportées par les autorités politiques sont certes appréciables
(infrastructures, chambres correctionnelles, mise au travail). Mais elles ne peuvent avoir des effets avec un durcissement des politiques pénales. L'ethnographie des espaces carcéraux permet de comprendre qu'il est utile de mettre en œuvre des mécanismes punitifs alternatifs à l'enfermement et de réfléchir à l'éventualité d'une privatisation de certains secteurs de la gestion des prisons africaines.

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Notes de politique du CODESRIA No. 1 avril 2017: Femme et Forces Armées au Sénégal par Selly BA

26. September 2018 - 13:56

L'adaptation institutionnelle et organisationnelle, une nécessité pour des forces armées sénégalaises fortes.

Depuis 2006, avec l'admission de jeunes filles à l'école de la gendar-merie, les Forces Armées sénégalaises ont entamé un recrutement élargi qui sera poursuivi avec l'accueil de personnels féminins au Cen-tre d'instruction de Saint-Louis en 2008. Ce qui indique que le Sénégal est en train de faire des efforts significatifs en matière de réduction des iné-galités de genre, conformément à ses engagements régionaux et interna-tionaux. Des réformes institutionnelles ont été entreprises tant sur le plan juridique que politique, telle la constitutionnalisation de l'égalité des femmes et des hommes en 2001. À ce titre, l'intégration des femmes dans tous les corps des forces armées répond aux orientations des Nations unies et des États membres pour assurer l'égalité des hommes et des femmes dans tous les domaines et plus récemment dans le secteur de la paix et de la sécurité. Toutefois, il a été constaté qu'une véritable politique de sécurité nationale intégrant le genre est loin d'être réalisée dans ce pays, malgré les nouvelles législations et les politiques adoptées pour une bonne promotion de l'égalité des genres. Cette note de politique fait état des forces et des faiblesses de l'incorporation des femmes dans les forces armées sénégalaises.

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Gender and Fundamentalisms

24. September 2018 - 13:15

Gender and Fundamentalisms. Edited by Fatou Sow. CODESRIA, Dakar, 2018, 432p., ISBN : 978-2-86978-754-4

When, why and how can religion and culture be both sources and places of expression for fundamentalisms especially when they are connected to politics? Those are central questions raised throughout this book. What is at stake here is religion when it underpins culture and becomes a political tool to access moral and social power and particularly political power. Cultural and religious messages and their interpretations often underlie decisions, laws and programs made by politics. They have direct efect on society, in general, and on women and gender relations in particular. The various forms of fundamentalism in some African countries, the contexts of their emergence and the ways they (re)shape identities and relationships between men and women are also analysed in this book. These fundamentalisms are sources of persistent concerns in social debates, in feminist and feminine organizations as well as in academia and politics. The manipulations of cultures and religions are progressively political and consequently cause social discriminations, or even physical, moral and symbolic violence undoubtedly unsustainable.

Fatou Sow, sociologue, est titulaire d'un Doctorat de 3e cycle (Paris-Sorbonne) et d'une Habilitation à diriger des recherches en sociologie (Paris denis-Diderot). Elle est, depuis 2008, la directrice du Réseau international de solidarité Women Living Under Muslim Laws (Londres, UK).

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Dani Nabudere's Afrikology - A Quest for African Holism

24. September 2018 - 12:43

Dani Nabudere's Afrikology - A Quest for African Holism. Sanya Osha. CODESRIA, Dakar, 2018, 164p., ISBN : 978-2-86978-753-7

Dani Wadada Nabudere, the illustrious Ugandan scholar, produced a divers body of work on various aspects of African culture, politics, and philosophy. Toward the end of his life, he formulated a theoretical construct that he termed “Afrikology.” Unlike most other Afrocentrists, who have stopped with the task of proving the primacy of the Egyptian past and its numerous cultural and scientifc achievements, Nabudere strenuously attempts to connect that illustrious heritage with the African present. Tis, remarkably, is what makes his project worthy of careful attention. His corpus is multidisciplinary, although a major preoccupation with Africa is discernible in virtually all his works. His writings deal with critiques of imperialism, African political systems, processes of globalization and Africa's location within them, and fnally the ideological and existential imperatives of Afrocentric discourse.CODESRIA Book Series Sanya Osha is a research fellow at the Institute for Economic Research in Innovation, at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa. He was also a fellow of the Africa Studies Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands. He has published extensivily on philosophy. His last publications include African Postcolonial Modernity: Informal Subjectivities and the Democratic Consensus (2014) and Te Social Contract in Africa, (ed.) (2014).Dani Nabudere's AfrikologyA Quest for African Holism ISBN: 978-2-86978-753-7Sanya OshaSanya Osha has written a deeply profound study of one of Africa's most brilliant thinkers. Osha is a towering fgure among leading social scientists and intellectuals of this generation. I am truly excited about this book and believe that it will further clarify Nabudere's outstanding contribution and remarkable achievement.

Molef Kete Asante
Department of Africology and African American Studies Temple University

Sanya Osha is a research fellow at the Institute for Economic Research in Innovation, at Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa. He was also a fellow of the Africa Studies Centre, Leiden, the Netherlands. He has published extensivily on philosophy. His last publications include African Postcolonial Modernity: Informal Subjectivities and the Democratic Consensus (2014) and Te Social Contract in Africa, (ed.) (2014).

NB: For the moment, the book can be ordered through this link

Or on all major online bookstores.

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World Social Science Forum: Fundamentalist Violence - Whither ‘the other good things in life' in Africa

24. September 2018 - 11:48

Thursday 27 September 2018, 4:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Chair: Godwin R. Murunga, CODESRIA, Senegal
Panelists: Cheryl Hendricks, HSRC, South Africa
Funmi Olonisakin, King s College London, United Kingdom
Adebayo Olukoshi, International IDEA, Ethiopia

Fundamentalist violence in some regions of Africa and the rest of the world has coincided with a renewed focus on security by state and inter-governmental actors in Africa. The focus has however elicited a fresh preoccupation with and widespread deployment of security forces in very visible and tangible ways in many African countries. Consequently, this has resulted in a revival of the emphasis on policing force and military might that once characterized the era when state security reigned supreme. Indeed, there are ways in which the gains acquired under the banner of ‘human security' are being called into question as countries and regional organizations seek to respond to fundamentalist violence. In many African countries, the pursuit of security has also had implications for the ‘other good things in life' for which many Africans had struggled for decades. These range from expanded space for civic activism and transparent budgeting to respect for human rights and spending on social development. This panel will address the problematic intersection of the struggle against fundamentalist violence and the pursuit of ‘the other good things in life' in Africa. The nature of the challenge, its causes and possibilities for better calibrating interventions to minimize the ‘sacrifices' that are deemed necessary for security will all be the subject of discussion.

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Appel à candidatures Atelier : Carrières académiques féminines

21. September 2018 - 11:20

Institut historique allemand, Centre de recherche sur les politiques sociales (IHA-CREPOS) et Merian Institute of Advanced Studies Africa (MIASA), Dakar, 6-7 décembre 2018
Calendrier :
25 septembre 2018 : Date limite d'envoi des candidatures
Début octobre 2018 : Annonce des participantes sélectionnées
6-7 décembre 2018 : Atelier à l'Institut historique allemand, Dakar

Quelle est la place des femmes aujourd'hui dans les universités africaines ? Quelles opportunités et solutions existent pour imaginer, planifier et promouvoir les carrières académiques féminines en Afrique et à l'international? Comment faciliter la conciliation de la vie professionnelle avec la vie privée et familiale ? À partir de ces questions, l'atelier vise à discuter des défis et des possibilités des carrières académiques féminines dans les contextes africains. Il sera constitué d'un workshop participatif animé par Folashadé Soulé-Kohndou (chercheure postdoctorante en relations internationales à l'Université d'Oxford), ainsi que d'une table ronde. L'atelier s'adresse à des chercheuses ressortissantes d'Etats africains et/ou affiliées à des universités africaines en début de carrière (postdoctorantes en priorité, doctorantes ; sciences humaines et sociales en priorité), qui pourront ainsi échanger sur leurs expériences respectives, réfléchir ensemble à des perspectives de carrière et renforcer leurs réseaux.

L'Institut historique allemand (IHA) est un centre de recherche international en histoire placé sous l'égide de la Fondation Max Weber - Instituts allemands en sciences humaines à l'étranger du ministère fédéral de l'Éducation et de la Recherche de la République fédérale d'Allemagne. L'IHA travaille en partenariat avec l'université Cheikh-Anta-Diop de Dakar et le Centre de recherches sur les politiques sociales (CREPOS). Ensemble, ils font partie du Maria Sibylla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA). L'atelier a lieu dans le cadre du Women's Promotion Program du MIASA.

Les candidatures (environ 300 mots sur les motivations à participer à l'atelier, les propres intérêts de recherche et un CV, en français ou en anglais) sont à envoyer d'ici au 25 septembre 2018 à l'adresse La sélection des participantes sera communiquée début octobre. Le cas échéant, les frais de transport et d'hébergement seront pris en charge sous réserve de financements. Pour tout renseignement, veuillez-contacter Zoé Kergomard ( ou Marlène de Saussure (

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