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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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23. Juni 2018 - 15:33

CODESRIA Bulletin has historically been the front for engaging intellectual debates for the Council. First published in the mid-1970s, the Bulletin gained a reputation for its provocative, critically engaging and informative debates, making it one of the most priced assets of the Council. Following a recent review of the Council's intellectual agenda and work, the Bulletin has been earmarked to remain and reposition itself as the space for rigorous intellectual engagement on critical Panafrican issues. The Bulletin will aim to re-establish its relevance and consolidate its leading position in stimulating discussion, exchanging information and facilitating cooperation amongst researchers working on and in Africa. The Council is working tirelessly to keep the Bulletin current over the next three months with thought-provoking debates and review essays. For a start, do not miss Mahmood Mamdani's inciting review essay and Sabelo Ndlovu's critical reflections on epistemic violence in CODESRIA Bulletin 1&2 2018. To download the latest issue of the Bulletin:

After months of reflection, we are delighted to announce a rapid process of ensuring the Bulletin is current and carries some of the most provocative and engaging debates.

Godwin Murunga
Executive Secretary

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CODESRIA Bulletin, Nos 1 & 2, 2017

22. Juni 2018 - 13:17

In this issue / Dans ce numéro

0- Editorial 1
Divine Fuh

1- I speak, I lie!,
Tekletsadik Belachew 4

2- Who is setting Africa's intellectual agenda?,
Patience Mususa 5

3- What if democracy itself were the problem?,
Elísio Macamo 7

4- Africa Rising, Afro-pessimism – or Racial Capitalism?,
Jordanna Matlon 9

5- La renaissance africaine ? Épître pour redonner son sens à un mot chargé d'histoire et porteur des enseignements du passé,
Fatou Kine Camara 11

6- Africa and Industrialisation: What Role for the Research Community?
Theresa Moyo 14

7- The Cheetah Generation: The Birth of the Captains of Industry in Africa?
Horman Chitonge 16

8- Urban Studies: A View from the Continent's Southern Tip
Sophie Oldfield 18

9- L'Afrique et son potentiel rural mondial
Carl Manlan 19

10- African Auxiliaries, Cultural Translation and Vernacularising Missionary Medicine in Colonial North-Western Zambia
Walima T. Kalusa 21

11- La sociologie africaine : un paradigme de rêve
Nfally Diémé 22

12- Emerging Trends for Psychology in Africa
Shose Kesi 24

13- African Social Sciences and the Study of the Economy: Building an Independent Pan-African Infrastructure
Vito Letarzo 27

14- Rethinking Sexuality from Africa
Thomas Hendriks and Rachel Spronk 28

15- Comment renouveler le débat sur le développement en Afrique ? Notes introductives au débat
Moussa Mbaye 33

16- Capital in the Twenty-first Century: A Critical Engagement with Piketty
Alemayehu Geda 36

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Vacancy Announcement: Accountant – (Treasury)

20. Juni 2018 - 18:43

Call for applications
Application Deadline: 13th July 2018
This announcement replace the previous one which has been withdraw.

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified nationals of African countries to fill two (2) vacant position of ACCOUNTANT- THIRD PARTY SUPPLIES and ACCOUNTANT – TREASURY SERVICES in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. Recognised as the premier centre on the continent for the generation and dissemination of multidisciplinary social science and humanities knowledge, CODESRIA has, over the years, undergone an exponential growth in programmes, finances and membership. Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary, the successful candidates will serve as accountants, providing office administrative accountancy /management duties for CODESRIA.

CODESRIA seeks applications from interested candidates for the position of Accountant – Treasury Services in the Administration and Finance Department.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Manage the payment cycle;
  • Initiate all cheque payments and bank transfers;
  • Perform the daily banking;
  • Be responsible for the verification of contracts and invoices input;
  • Check and certify purchase orders and invoices;
  • Record funds and payments received;
  • Pay per diems, various refunds and expenses to researchers for meetings organized by the Council;
  • Perform daily bank reconciliations;
  • Input other accounting information as delegated by the Chief Accountant;
  • Reconcile membership fees with the Membership Services Officer;
  • Prepare regular donor financial reports for submission to the Chief Accountant;
  • Together with other colleagues in the Accounts Unit, prepare the monthly and annual financial statements;
  • Liaise with other Programmes on a range of issues;
  • File all necessary documents related to the various tasks;
  • Perform any other duties as delegated by superiors and by the Executive Secretary ;

Qualifications and Competencies: The successful candidates should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Academic Qualifications: Masters in accountancy, audit or Equivalent + 5 years work experience in an accounting environment from any recognized higher education institution;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles;
  • In-depth knowledge of banking systems ;
  • Mastery of software for account registration ;
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Excellent bookkeeping skills;
  • Competency in relevant information technology systems;
  • Demonstrable experience and in-depth knowledge of book keeping process ;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of standard accounting software;
  • Strong interpersonal skills ;
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook ;
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word ;
  • Fluency either in English, French or Portuguese and a working knowledge of one of the others;
  • Candidates with a keen interest in the social sciences and humanities hold an added advantage.

How to apply:

Interested candidates should send their application letters and comprehensive resume and copies of their university certificates No later than Friday 13th July 2018 to:

The Executive Secretary

Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
P.O. Box 3304 CP 18524

For more information contact the Office of the Executive Secretary.

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2018 CODESRIA Democratic Governance Institute: "Governing Africa's Social Policy: Subverting Development and Democracy?"

20. Juni 2018 - 14:13

CODESRIA organizes from 18 to 29 June 2018 in Arusha/Tanzania its Democratic Governance Institute on the theme "Governing Africa's Social Policy: Subverting Development and Democracy?". This Session is led by Prof. Jimi Adesina with the participation of fifteen laureates from a dozen African nationalities. This Institute has been operating continuously since 1992 and has trained hundreds of African social scientists on different themes related to the issue of democratic governance in Africa.

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UCT Libraries: Executive Director

19. Juni 2018 - 14:56

The University of Cape Town invites applications for the position of Executive Director: University Libraries. UCT University Libraries is at the forefront of librarianship in the African Continent and a recognized international player among research libraries. The University seeks an innovative and dynamic leader, with a proven record as an effective manager, who is able to articulate and implement a clear vision for a major African and global, next-generation research library that supports both the teaching and learning and research functions of the university.

The successful candidate will be responsible for strategic planning, development of collections and services, donor cultivation and stewardship, information technology and digital resources, budgeting and financial management, and human resources. The University of Cape Town has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its staff and students and seeks an individual who shares that commitment.

As part of the senior management team of the University, s/he will contribute to strategic and operational leadership.

We seek an outstanding candidate who has:
• a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing research universities and their libraries;
• an awareness of current trends in scholarly communication and the capacity to understand and support scholarly research;
• the ability to manage a complex physical and virtual environment to deliver information services and preserve information in all formats;
• a history of decisive and innovative leadership, including successful management of human, financial, and physical resources;
• a deep understanding of information technology and the ability to translate that knowledge into creative and innovative services to support teaching and research;
• a successful track record of experience at senior management level in a university/research library;
• excellent organizational and communication skills and proven ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies;
• a record of academic achievement;
• a record of success in obtaining external funding;
• the ability to be an effective spokesperson for the Libraries and a fully contributing member of the UCT senior leadership group.

The minimum educational qualification for the post is either a Master's degree in Library Science and a university degree in a subject discipline, OR a university degree/postgraduate diploma in Library Science and a Master's degree in a subject discipline.

The 2018 annual cost of employment, including benefits, is appropriate to the Senior Management level, and is dependent on qualifications and experience.

To apply, please e-mail the following documents in a single pdf file to Ms Natasha Khan at

Signed UCT Application Form (download at
Letter of Motivation
Full curriculum vitae (no certificates)

Please ensure the title and reference number are indicated in the subject line. An application which does not comply with the above requirements will be regarded as incomplete.

Shortlisted candidates may be requested to provide further documentation on their candidacy. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and may be required to undergo a competency assessment.

Appointment procedures for Executive Directors are available at

Nominations with a brief motivation may also be sent to Ms Natasha Khan at

Telephone: +27 21 650 5429

Website :

Reference number: E18220

Closing date for receipt of applications: 30 June 2018

The University reserves the right to extend the closing date if deemed necessary or to make no appointment.

UCT is committed to the pursuit of excellence, diversity and redress in achieving its equity targets. Our Employment Equity Policy is available at

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Vacancy Announcements: Accountant – (Third Party Supplies) and Accountant – Treasury Services

19. Juni 2018 - 11:49

Call for applications
Application Deadline: 29th June 2018

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) invites applications from suitably qualified nationals of African countries to fill two (2) vacant position of ACCOUNTANT- THIRD PARTY SUPPLIES and ACCOUNTANT – TREASURY SERVICES in its pan-African Secretariat located in Dakar, Senegal. Recognised as the premier centre on the continent for the generation and dissemination of multidisciplinary social science and humanities knowledge, CODESRIA has, over the years, undergone an exponential growth in programmes, finances and membership. Under the overall supervision of the Executive Secretary and the Director of Administration and Finance, the successful candidate will serve as an accountant, providing office administrative accountancy /management duties for CODESRIA.

1. Jobs description


She/he will be required to :

  • Perform all book keeping duties related to account analysis
  • Verification of analytical charges over budget ;
  • Preparation of local staff salaries ;
  • Reception and control of vouchers and accounting;
  • Imputation and registration of funds received ;
  • Manage order and payment vouchers and various accounting documents ;
  • Monitor and manage contracts and accounts of researchers, laureates and suppliers
  • Checking disbursement reports of meetings, conferences, seminars ;
  • Analysis/reconciliation of expenditure accounts ;
  • Verify cash payment and stamp “bon à payer” ;
  • Produce together with other colleagues in the Accounts Unit, the monthly and annual financial statements ;
  • Payment of per diems, various refund and expenses to researchers for meeting held in Dakar ;
  • Liaise with other programmes ;
  • File all documents related to the various tasks ;
  • Perform any other duties as delegated by superiors and by the Executive Secretary.


She/he will be required to :

  • Manage the payments cycle ;
  • Initiate all check payments and bank transfers ;
  • Perform the daily banking ;
  • Check purchase orders and invoices ;
  • Record funds and payments received ;
  • Initiate Receipt Vouchers for funds received
  • Initiate Disbursement Vouchers for Bank fees
  • Maintaining the cash book
  • Pay per diems, various refund and expenses to researchers for meeting held in Dakar ;
  • perform monthly bank reconciliation ;
  • Input other accounting information as delegated by chief accountant ;
  • Managing the membership fees in collaboration with membership officer ;
  • Reconcile membership fees with the membership officer ;
  • Produce together with other colleagues in the Account Unit, the monthly and annual financial statements ;
  • Liaise with other programmes ;
  • File all documents related to the various tasks ;
  • Perform any other duties as delegated by superiors and by the Executive Secretary.

2. Academic/Technical Competencies/Qualifications:

The successful candidates should fulfill the following criteria:

  • Masters in accountancy, audit or Equivalent + 5 years work experience in an accounting environment ;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles and SYSCOA;
  • In-depth knowledge of banking systems ;
  • Mastery of software for account registration ;
  • High information technology competency ;
  • Demonstrable experience and in-depth knowledge of the book keeping process ;
  • Demonstrable knowledge of standard accounting software;
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook ;
  • Intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Word ;
  • Fluency either in English, French or Portuguese and a working knowledge of one of the others.

3. Other Relevant Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Good knowledge of the workings of international organizations;
  • Capacity to work under pressure and in a multicultural environment;
  • Be very respectful of rules of confidentiality, ethics and good behavior ;
  • Excellent capacity to supervise a working unit ;
  • Good planning and organisational skills;
  • Efficient and well organized personality and
  • Demonstrable ability to work within tight deadlines.

4. Job conditions :

The level of remuneration will depend on the experience and qualifications of the candidate. However, CODESRIA offers good remuneration similar to those in international organizations.

5. How to apply :

Interested candidates should provide the following documents as part of their application package:

i. A letter of application;

ii. A detailed curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the qualifications obtained;

iii. Copies of certificates of all indicated qualifications, and

iv. Three reference letters.

Other supporting documents may be required prior to recruitment.

The application should be sealed and submitted on or before Friday 29th June 2018 (with indication on the envelope of the position applied for) to:

The Executive Secretary

Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop X Canal IV
P.O. Box 3304 CP 18524

Only shortlisted candidates shall be contacted

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Mrs Samia Nkrumah leads important delegation to visit CODERIA

13. Juni 2018 - 17:44

Several CODESRIA staff, led by the Executive Secretary, Dr Godwin Murunga received Ms. Samia Nkrumah, a pan-Africanist activist and politician and daughter of Kwame Nkrumah. Ms. Nkrumah is currently in Dakar to meet Senegalese authorities and pan-African institutions such as CODESRIA. The series of meeting she is involved in are a prelude to the Pre-Congress scheduled for Accra, Ghana from 10th to 16th December 2018. The conference is organised by the Interim International Initiative Committee (CIIP) for the Achievement of the United African States (UAE).

In Senegal, the Committee is led by General Mamadou Mansour Seck who has served as Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Senegal and former Senegalese Ambassador to the United States of America. CODESRIA is a pan-African research organisation, and is therefore associated with this both because of its work but also based on conviction. Indeed, the discussion between the two parties re-affirmed the value of the pan-African spirit that informed the struggle for independence across Africa and raised the urgent need for African academics and thinkers to get politically engaged in a new pan-Africanism that carries solutions to contemporary challenges on the continent.

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Apelo à candidaturas: 3º Curso de Verão em Estudos Africanos e Estudos Regionais em África organizado pelo CODESRIA e CASB

25. Mai 2018 - 13:34

Tema: Estudos Africanos e Africanistas: Donde vem o olhar?

Data e Lugar: Dakar, 20 a 24 de Agosto de 2018

Prazo para a apresentação de candidaturas: 30 de junho de 2018 às 00h00m GMT

Línguas de trabalho: A Escola de Verão será em Inglês e Francês. Os candidatos devem ter o domínio duma destas duas línguas. Não obstante isso, as candidaturas em Português serão consideradas.

Version française / English Version

O Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África (CODESRIA) e o Centro de Estudos Africanos de Basileia (CASB) lançam um apelo a candidaturas para a terceira edição do Curso de Verão sobre Estudos Africanos e Estudos de Área organizado pelo CODESRIA em colaboração com o CASB com o apoio generoso da Fundação Oumou Dilly (Suíça). A Escola visa reforçar os laços de parceria entre a comunidade de pesquisadores associados ao CODESRIA e os seus homólogos em estudos africanos estabelecidos na Suíça.
O objetivo geral da Escola de Verão é estimular e consolidar abordagens interdisciplinares na pesquisa sobre a África bem como pesquisas trazidas à África doutras partes do mundo. Tomando os estudos africanos como um exemplo de estudos de área, ela procura identificar temas teórica, conceitual e metodologicamente relevantes para a reflexão sobre o desafio intelectual da África, entendida como objecto de conhecimento. Também procura identificar a contribuição de África à investigação em geral ao mesmo tempo que questiona a relevância dos resultados para as abordagens africanas noutras regiões.
A Escola de Verão tem os seguintes objetivos específicos:

  • Dar a doutorandos e pesquisadores emergentes a oportunidade de mergulhar criticamente em desenvolvimentos teóricos, conceituais e metodológicos novos e avançados no domínio dos estudos africanos e para melhor adaptar os métodos aos seus trabalhos com o acompanhamento de investigadores experientes;
  • Encorajar os doutorandos e os investigadores emergentes a reflectirem sobre a relevância potencial do conhecimento relativo à África na melhoria das ferramentas teóricas, conceptuais e metodológicas utilizadas no plano intradisciplinar e interdisciplinar;
  • Cultivar nos doutorandos e nos investigadores emergentes o sentimento de pertencer a uma comunidade de pesquisadores que buscam o conhecimento e a erudição;
  • Incentivar os pesquisadores emergentes a trabalhar no sentido de criar um espaço para os estudos africanos no campo da pesquisa em geral e, deste modo, ajudá-los a reivindicar um lugar no centro da produção de conhecimento.

Nota conceitual

O interesse científico por “outras" sociedades permite que pesquisadores obtenham novas perspectivas sobre o seu próprio ambiente social (e acadêmico) e, entre outras coisas, benefícios para o desenvolvimento de teorias. Isso requer uma reflexão sobre a posição pessoal do pesquisador e a sua relação com a sociedade ou a região que estuda. Historicamente, essa hipótese baseou-se essencialmente na experiência de uma visão "unidirecional" realizada pelo "Norte" (o pesquisador e o dinheiro da pesquisa) sobre o "Sul" (o objecto) e sobre a sua reflexão. Os estudos africanos e a pesquisa sobre a África e em África são geralmente feitos por estudiosos e pesquisadores ocidentais que realizam os trabalhos de pesquisa sobre o 'outro', ou por pesquisadores e estudiosos africanos - que vivem em África ou são originários da África – que trabalham sobre a sua sociedade e região "de origem".

A predominância de uma perspectiva Norte-Sul em pesquisas em África e sobre a África, mas também nos estudos africanos, gera um desequilíbrio que coloca um problema quanto à qualidade e relevância do conhecimento científico relacionado com a África (ou com o "mundo em desenvolvimento" em geral). Ao mesmo tempo, há um suposto valor de um olhar sobre "o outro" para a compreensão do "eu"; além do mais, um valor de um olhar externo - pelo outro - para a compreensão de "si mesmo". A Escola de Verão pretende promover uma reflexão mais aprofundada sobre a relação do pesquisador com a sua área geográfica de estudo. Em última análise, ele oferece aos pesquisadores a oportunidade de identificar abordagens que permitam uma visão "recíproca" ao refletir sobre as bases metodológicas e conceituais, mas também na prática tendo sistematicamente em conta esses aspectos no contexto de trocas de experiências e colaboração. A Escola de Verão proporcionará uma oportunidade para os participantes refletirem sobre a relação da posição do pesquisador na sua região de estudo, fazendo várias perguntas fundamentais: Como a origem e o local de residência de um pesquisador moldam a sua pesquisa sobre uma determinada sociedade ou região? Como ser "de lá" (por exemplo, um africano do Leste estudando a África Ocidental) ou não (por exemplo, um estudante europeu estudando a África Ocidental) faz diferença? Qual é o valor agregado que existe ao realizar um trabalho de pesquisa numa área geográfica estrangeira? E que valor agregado há para estudar a própria sociedade ou região? Qual seria a influência das fontes de financiamento nas perspectivas identificadas pelo pesquisador para estudar o "outro"? E como a relação entre a localização do pesquisador e a sua área de estudo mudam quando o sentido normal de troca de olhar (ou seja, "Sul" para "Norte")?

A 3ª A edição da Escola de Verão CODESRIA-CASB oferecerá aos participantes a oportunidade de responder a estas perguntas. A orientação da Escola de Verão fornece um quadro que, por si só, aborda essas questões. A Europa tem uma longa tradição de estudos africanos. A posição dos investigadores europeus que se interessam ​​pela África – a relação do seu local de residência à sua região de estudo - tem sido antes um objecto de reflexão, mas é essencial que continue. Outra questão importante, que tem sido cada vez mais abordada nos últimos anos, é a posição dos pesquisadores da diáspora africana, sua relação com a sua "sociedade de origem" e o significado dessa relação para os seus estudos. Um aspecto igualmente importante é o facto de que estudantes e pesquisadores que vivem em África consideram a sua relação com a sua área geográfica de estudo sob um ângulo similar - eles trabalham sobre a sua própria sociedade, sobre outros países ou regiões África ou sobre outro lugar. Os participantes na Escola de Verão discutirão essas questões com base nas contribuições de pesquisadores séniores e de literatura selecionada para que possam refletir sobre sua própria situação.

As discussões durante a Escola de Verão vão girar em torno de três temas principais:

Normatividade: motivação do pesquisador, a escolha do assunto e o papel de interesses e de valores;
Plano e processo de pesquisa: a formulação das questões de pesquisa, a recolha e análise de dados, a selecção e o uso de conceitos, métodos e teorias;
Resultados: a apresentação e a publicação dos resultados da investigação e a sua percepção pela comunidade científica, os decisores políticos e o grande público. Através da participação na Escola de Verão, espera-se que os laureados adquiram a capacidade de pensar sobre a sua própria posição dentro do ambiente acadêmico actual e do futuro, tomar melhor consciência sobre a sua importância para a relevância e conteúdo dos seus trabalhos de pesquisa e conceber, para si próprios, abordagens numa perspectiva mais pensada e recíproca.

A equipa pedagógica

  • Elísio Macamo (Director da Escola de Verão), Professor de estudos africanos na Universidade de Basileia (Suíça)
  • Ralph Weber, Professor de estudos globais europeus na Universidade de Basileia (Suíça)

Procedimento para a apresentação de candidaturas

A Escola de Verão está aberta a doutorandos bem como a investigadores emergentes, matriculados e que trabalham em instituições de ensino superior em todos os países africanos. O programa incentiva fortemente candidaturas de estudantes de doutorado matriculados numa universidade africana ou suíça nas seguintes disciplinas: antropologia social, sociologia, história, religião, filosofia, estudos de gênero e ciências políticas. Os custos de viagem, hospedagem e alimentação serão cobertos durante a Escola de Verão para qualquer participante matriculado numa instituição africana.

Cada participante deve enviar um documento conceitual de cinco páginas descrevendo (a) o tópico do seu estudo; (b) a ligação entre o seu trabalho e o tema da Escola de Verão; (c) o que espera da Escola de Verão, se a sua candidatura for aceite.

Por outro lado, cada processo de candidatura deve ser acompanhado de uma carta de candidatura, um CV, duas cartas de recomendação feitas pelo estabelecimento de filiação do candidato e a cópia do passaporte do candidato.

Os candidatos devem apresentar a sua proposta através do seguinte elo:

Para mais informações sobre a Escola de Verão, por favor contacte:
Tél. : (221) 33 825 98 21/22 / 23

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CODESRIA Gender Institute 2018: Feminist Scholarship, Universities and Social Transformation in Africa

14. Mai 2018 - 12:06

Dakar, Senegal: 14th to 25th May 2018

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is organizing its annual Gender Institute from the 14th to 25th of May 2018. The theme of this edition is: “Feminist Scholarship, Universities and Social Transformation in Africa. The institute is being directed by Prof. Philomina Okeke-Ihejirika of the Department of Women's and Gender Studies, University of Alberta, Canada and Director, Pan African Collaboration for Excellence (PACE), University of Alberta. She is assisted by Dr. Awino Okech, Lecturer, Center for Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London and Dr Oumou Kouyate, University of Alassane Dramane Ouattara of Côte d'Ivoire.

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Call for Applications: 3rd CODESRIA / CASB Summer School in African Studies and Area Studies in Africa

4. Mai 2018 - 18:52

Theme: African Studies and Africanists: Whence the Gaze?
Date: Dakar, 20 – 24 August 2018
Applications Deadline: 30th June 2018 at 00h 00mn GMT

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and The Centre for African Studies Basel (CASB) call for applications for the 3rd CODESRIA/CASB Summer School in African Studies and Area Studies in Africa. The Summer School is offered with the generous support of the Oumou Dilly Foundation (Switzerland) in cooperation with CODESRIA and aims at strengthening the links between the community of scholars organized in the CODESRIA community and scholars from the African Studies community in Switzerland.

The overall objective of the Summer School is to stimulate and consolidate interdisciplinary approaches to research on Africa, but also on other regions of the world undertaken from within the African continent. It focuses on African Studies as an instance of area studies and seeks to identify themes that are theoretically, conceptually and methodologically relevant to the reflection on the intellectual challenge of Africa as an object of knowledge and its contribution to general scholarship while inquiring into the relevance of the findings to African approaches to other regions. The goals of the Summer School are the following:

  • Give PhD students and emerging scholars the opportunity to engage critically with new theoretical, conceptual and methodological developments in African Studies and enhance the relevance of the methods to their work under the guidance of senior scholars;
  • Encourage PhD students and emerging scholars to reflect on the potential relevance of knowledge on Africa to the task of improving our theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools both in the disciplines as well as in interdisciplinary work;
  • Foster among PhD students and emerging scholars a sense of belonging to a community of scholars in pursuit of knowledge and scholarship;
  • Stimulate emerging scholars to work towards carving a space for African Studies in the broader field of scholarship and, in this way, helping African Studies to claim a place right at the center of knowledge production.

Conceptual Note

Engaging scientifically with ‘other' societies enables the researcher to gain new perspectives on his or her own social (and academic) environment and is, amongst others, fruitful for theory building. This requires a reflection on the researcher's own position and his/her relationship to the society or region he/she studies. Traditionally, this assumption has been mainly based on the experience of, and reflection on a ‘one-way' perspective from the ‘Global North' (the researcher and research money) to the ‘Global South' (the object). African Studies and research on and in Africa are typically conducted by Western students and scholars doing research on ‘the other' in ‘the field', or by African scholars and students – whether based in or originating from Africa – working on their ‘home' societies and regions.

The predominance of a North-to-South gaze in research in and on Africa and in African Studies generates an imbalance that is problematic for the quality and relevance of Africa-related scientific knowledge (or scientific knowledge related to the ‘developing world' in general). At the same time, there is an assumed value of a gaze on ‘the other' for the understanding of the ‘self'; and what is more, a value of a gaze from the outside – by the other – for the understanding of the ‘self'.”

The Summer School sets out to promote more reflection on the relationship between the position of the researcher and his or her geographical area of studies. Ultimately, it suggests that researchers seek to identify approaches that allow a ‘reciprocal' perspective by reflecting methodological and conceptual foundations but also, in practice, by systematically taking these issues into account in the framework of exchange and collaboration. The Summer School will present an opportunity for participants to reflect on the relationship between the position of the researcher and the region of his or her studies by asking several key questions: How does the origin and residence of a researcher frame his/her research on a specific society or region? To what extent does it make a difference whether a researcher is ‘from there' (e.g. West African studying West Africa) or not (e.g. European studying West Africa)? What is the added value of doing research in a foreign geographical area; and what is the added value of studying one's own society or region? What would be the influence of funding sources on the perspectives that the researcher deploys to study the ‘other'? And how does the relationship between the location of the researcher and the region of her/his studies change when the typical direction of the gaze changes (i.e. from ‘the South' to ‘the North')?

The 3rd edition of the CODESRIA/CASB summer school will offer participants an opportunity to address these questions. The orientation of the Summer School offers a framework that per se deals with such issues. African Studies have a long tradition in Europe. The position of European scholars of Africa – the relation between their location and the area of their studies – has been reflected before, and it is crucial that this reflection continues. Another important question, which has increasingly been addressed in recent years, concerns the position of African scholars in the diaspora, their relation to their ‘home societies' and the meaning of this relationship to their studies. Of equal importance is that students and scholars based in Africa reflect their relation to the geographical areas they study along similar lines – whether they work on their own societies or regions, on other countries and regions in Africa or on areas outside of the continent. Participants to the Summer School will discuss these questions against the background of inputs from senior scholars and selected literature and will reflect on their own situation.

The discussions at the Summer School will be structured along the following three major themes:
Normativity: The motivation of the scholar, the choice of the subject and the role of interests and values;
Research design and process: The formulation of research questions, the collection and analysis of data, the choice and use of concepts, methods and theories;
Output: The presentation and publication of research results and its perception by the scientific community, by decision makers and by a wider public.

The expected outcome from the Summer School is that participants will develop the competence to reflect on their own position within their present and future academic environment, enhance their awareness of the importance of doing so for the relevance and content of their work and develop approaches that allow for a more reflected and reciprocal perspective in their research.

The Pedagogical team:

• Elísio Macamo (Summer School Director), Professor of African Studies at the University of Basel (Switzerland)
• Ralph Weber, Professor of European Global Studies at the University of Basel (Switzerland)
• N.N
• N.N

Application procedures

The Summer School is open for PhD students and emerging scholars enrolled and working at Higher Education institutions in any country. Applications from PhD students registered in African and Swiss universities and in the following disciplines are highly encouraged: Social Anthropology, Sociology, History, Religion, Philosophy, Gender studies and Political science. Travel, accommodation and meals during the Summer School will be provided for participants enrolled at institutions in Africa.

Those wishing to be considered for participation should submit a five-page concept paper which should highlight: (a) what they are working on (b) how their work relates to the theme of the Summer School;(c) their expectations from the Summer School should they be selected.
In addition, applications must be supported by an application letter, a CV, two letters of recommendation from the candidate's institution of affiliation and a copy of the applicant's passport.
Applicants are requested to use the following link to submit their proposals.

For specific questions, please contact:

Tel.: (221) 33 825 98 21/22/23


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15.ª Assembleia Geral África e a Crise da Globalização

18. April 2018 - 19:20

Datas: de 17 a 21 de Dezembro de 2018
Local: Dacar, Senegal

Convite à apresentação de resumos e propostas para painéis

English Version / نسخة عربية / Version française

O Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África (CODESRIA) tem o prazer de anunciar a realização da 15.ª Assembleia Geral que terá lugar em Dacar, Senegal, de 17 a 21 Dezembro de 2018, sob o tema ‘África e a Crise da Globalização'. A Assembleia Geral da CODESRIA é um encontro trienal de eruditos e académicos das áreas das Ciências Sociais e Humanas em África e na Diáspora. Na mesma altura, será realizada uma reunião dos membros em pleno gozo de seus direitos a fim de examinar o funcionamento do Conselho no período decorrido desde a 14.ª Assembleia e decidir qual será, em linhas gerais, a agenda a ser prosseguida nos próximos três anos.

A próxima sessão da Assembleia será o momento oportuno para que os estudiosos, tanto da diáspora africana, como do continente, reexaminem a questão da globalização que há mais de duas décadas é objecto de debates intelectuais devido às contradições contínuas a que tem dado origem sobretudo no que tange ao desenvolvimento do continente. Desde o primeiro momento, a globalização prometia uma maior abertura do mundo à circulação de pessoas, bens, serviços e ideias, uma ideia resumida na imagem da transformação do mundo numa ‘aldeia global', caracterizada por uma maior prosperidade para todos, economias mais vibrantes, crescente democratização e pelo respeito pelos direitos de cada um.

Contudo, as actuais versões da globalização têm uma tendência vincadamente neoliberal, o que representa uma alteração significativa no processo histórico da globalização em que África desempenhou um papel fundamental não obstante as consequências devastadoras para si. O mercado livre que a globalização continua a promover na senda desta ‘aldeia global' tem facilitado a contracção do estado e da sua capacidade reguladora o que tem acarretado consequências adversas em todo o mundo. A desregulamentação e a privatização procuraram reduzir a intervenção do estado a um mínimo possível e transformaram as instituições de previdência social estatais em meras ‘instituições de valorização do mercado' em nome da eficiência. O entusiasmo com que se têm exercido várias imposições para preparar o caminho para o mercado livre sugere que existem metas políticas e sociais que ultrapassam os objectivos puramente económicos e utilitários muitas vezes ventilados e ilustra a falta de escolha implícita nas promessas da globalização. Os campos político e sociológico que inspiram a ideia da globalização e as rotas indicadas como conduzindo a esta mesma globalização são, pelas razões supracitadas, merecedoras de reflexão intelectual.

Dada a persistência da pobreza e o aumento das desigualdades económicas causadas pelos elementos económicos e sociopolíticos da globalização, não é de surpreender o recuo em relação aos princípios fundamentais do processo de globalização que se observa por toda a parte, mesmo por parte de círculos que inicialmente promoviam o processo. Há amplos esforços a serem feitos no sentido de “reterritorializar” as identidades, incluindo no núcleo duro da globalização. Os movimentos obscurantistas e iconoclásticos que prometem um regresso a estados míticos de pureza e abundância, sejam eles impulsionados por motivos étnicos ou raciais, costumam prosperar, mas com consequências devastadoras para as pessoas enquanto indivíduos, para as sociedades, e no que respeita os princípios básicos que permitem garantir a dignidade humana. Alguns dos principais locais de onde foram projectadas as ideias da globalização estão agora na dianteira na tentativa de recuar dessa mesma globalização como a construção de muros, quer físicos, quer institucionais e ideológicos, muitas vezes disfarçados como tentativas de restaurar as glória e grandeza passadas, atesta. Ironicamente, o estado, que foi alvo dos defensores do mercado livre como via para a globalização, é muitas vezes atacado pelas vítimas da globalização que o acusam de não as ter protegido contra os maiores excessos do mercado. Por um lado, há quem apresente estes problemas como patologias inerentes ao processo da globalização, outros sugerem que são o resultado de a globalização não ter sido levada até às últimas consequências. A relação de causa e efeito entre alguns destes fenómenos e o processo da globalização, com a qual coincidem, merece uma maior atenção.

Tanto nas suas manifestações históricas, como nas actuais, o continente africano tem estado no âmago da globalização, tendo não só influenciado o processo como sido influenciado por ele. Sem dúvida que África, juntamente com outros locais no Sul global, têm estado envolvidos em processos que nem sempre lhes têm trazido benefícios. Mas a heterogeneidade do continente requer um foco nas formas variadas em que diversos círculos em África têm estado ligados aos processos de globalização, neles participados, lhes têm resistido e são por eles influenciados. As diferenças de classe, sectoriais, sub-regionais e linguísticas, bem como a clivagem entre as populações urbanas e as populações rurais, passam para primeiro plano nos esforços para se compreenderem a posição do continente africanos no contexto da globalização. As questões relativas às gerações e às questões de género são fundamentais para se compreender a forma como África molda os processos da globalização e ao mesmo tempo é por eles moldada. Um exame aturado com uma base histórica sobre a posição de África na globalização continua a ser merecedor de estudo académico.

As diferentes formas como diferentes partes do continente se situam nos processos da globalização, e são afectadas por eles, influenciam os esforços envidados no sentido de se definir e moldar o futuro do continente num mundo em evolução. A Agenda 2063 da União Africana e os planos globais, incluindo os Objectivos de Desenvolvimento Sustentável, são apenas os últimos exemplos destes esforços. Estas visões e agendas oficiais coexistem com planos não oficiais e esforços populares que visam unir os povos do mundo o que sugere que existem várias visões sobre aquilo em que consiste a ‘globalização'. É importante investigar as inúmeras formas como a globalização é vista e as políticas que levam a que se dê mais valor a determinadas perspectivas em prejuízo de outras que são, consequentemente, marginalizadas. Mais importante ainda, o aumento na resistência aos aspectos negativos da globalização em África exige uma análise intelectual e de políticas mais profunda.

Ao longo dos anos, as reuniões da Assembleia-Geral da CODESRIA têm dado oportunidade a intensas discussões sobre as tendências socioeconómicas e políticas que afectam o desenvolvimento do continente. A 15.ª Assembleia-Geral dá continuidade a esta tendência e oferece aos participantes o espaço para analisar a história da globalização, bem como as crises e as oportunidades criadas por este fenómeno em África. Os estudiosos são incentivados a examinar a actual conjuntura, explicar os desafios da globalização e discutir criticamente as alternativas às narrativas dominantes da globalização que se encontram num acentuado estado de crise. Segue-se uma lista dos subtemas que deverão ocupar os estudiosos que desejem participar dos debates que terão lugar na assembleia:

  • i. A globalização: seu itinerário e iterações
  • ii. África nas iterações da globalização
  • iii. O pan-africanismo e a integração regional africana
  • iv. O estado-nação africano e a globalização
  • v. A paz, a segurança e as geopolíticas do continente africano
  • vi. Planeamento, processos políticos e a globalização em África
  • vii. A globalização e a transformação económica de África
  • viii. A globalização e a alteração da ecologia africana
  • ix. A mulher africana e a vivência da globalização
  • x. A juventude africana e a vivência da globalização
  • xi. A globalização e o contrabando em África e suas imediações
  • xii. Religião, fundamentalismo e globalização
  • xiii. África na produção global de conhecimentos
  • xiv. O papel das ciências humana ao repensar-se a globalização
  • xv. A ciência e a inovação com a globalização

Os estudiosos que pretendam ser considerados para participar da 15.ª Assembleia como palestrantes ou como coordenadores de painéis são convidados a enviar um resumo da palestra que pretendam apresentar ou propostas sobre o painel que desejem coordenar para avaliação por parte do Comité Científico da CODESRIA até dia 30 de Abril de 2018. Os candidatos seleccionados nesta primeira ronda deverão apresentar o artigo devidamente redigido para uma segunda ronda de avaliação até dia 1 de Julho de 2018. Os participantes selecionados para participarem da Assembleia-Geral serão informados da decisão do júri de avaliação durante o mês de Agosto de 2018. Os resumos das palestras não deverão exceder 600 palavras e as propostas de coordenação de painéis não devem exceder 1200 palavras. Uns e outros devem indicar explicitamente em que subtema as suas propostas se enquadram.

O Conselho criou um portal no seu site através do qual todos os resumos e as propostas de painéis serão submetidos. Os candidatos devem utilizar o seguinte link para submeter as suas propostas. O portal estará aberto para a recepção das mesmas a partir do dia 16 de Março de 2018.
Para mais informações sobre a 15.ª Assembleia Geral da CODESRIA, é favor contactar:

Gabinete do Secretário Executivo

BP 3304, CP 18524
Dacar, Senegal
Tel: +221 - 33 825 9822/23
Fax: +221- 33 824 1289
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2017 Meaning-making Research Initiatives (MRI) Competition Winners

16. April 2018 - 19:06

CODESRIA wishes to announce the winners of its 2017 Meaning-making Research Initiatives (MRI) competition. The MRI was adopted in 2017 as CODESRIA's primary instrument for supporting research in the Social Sciences and Humanities. It combines grants of up to USD 35,000 with workshops and peer support to enable researchers undertake 16-month long projects that result in scholarly publications and policy briefs.
The Council extends its congratulations to the researchers involved in the projects below, which constitute the first class of the MRI.

Résistance et adaptation des paysans face aux changements globaux et locaux dans les domaines agraire et foncier en Afrique des Grands Lacs
• Aymar Nyenyezi Bisoka (Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium et Université d'Anvers, Belgium)

Pouvoir symbolique, genre et violence sur la scène de la musique populaire à Kinshasa
• Léon Tsambu (Université de Kinshasa, DRC)

Discursive contestation of the political economy of hawkers in Nairobi's central business district: A conceptual metaphor analysis
• Esther Wangui Kimani (Nairobi City County Government, Kenya).
• George Mbugua Kariuki (Kenyatta University, Kenya)
• Sammy Gakero Gachigua (Egerton University, Kenya and Lancaster University, UK)

Large-scale land investments and (un)employment questions in Africa: quantitative and qualitative insights from Nigeria
• Evans S. Osabuohien (Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria)
• Felicia O. Olokoyo (Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria)
• Ibukun Beecroft (Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria)
• Uchenna R. EFOBI (Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria)
• Alhassan A. Karakara (University of Cape Coast, Ghana)

Impacts des informations fournies aux petits agriculteurs par SMS sur le climat, l'allocation de la main-d'oeuvre, le rendement et le revenu: résultats d'un essai pilote aléatoire et contrôlé au nord du Benin
• Rosaine N. Yegbemey (Université de Parakou, Bénin).
• Aline M. Aloukoutou (Bureau de Recherche et de Développement en Agriculture [BReDA ONG]).
• Ghislain D. B. Aihounton (Université de Parakou, Bénin).

Y en a marre, filimbi, lucha et balai citoyen : consonances et dissonances de mouvements d'engagement citoyen en Afrique
• Mamadou Dimé (Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis, Senegal)
• Pascal Kapagama (Université de Kinshasa, DRC)
• Ibrahima Touré (Université Assane Seck de Ziguinchor, Senegal)
• Zakaria Sore (Université Ouagadougou 1 Professeur Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Burkina Faso)

Re/telling the war story, healing the wounds: a bibliotherapeutic reading of recent African novels

• Sola Owonibi (Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Nigeria)
• Oluyinka Ojedokun (Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria)
• Omon Merry Osiki (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Meaning-making “child prostitutes” in Zimbabwe: case studies of the Harare, Chipinge, and Beit Bridge communities
• Rejoice Makaudze (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa)
• Eliot Tofa (University of Swaziland)
• Tichavona Mushonga (Grupo Cobra Energy, Zimbabwe)

Bringing ‘the ordinary' into video and cellphilm: people-centered production, dissemination and analysis
• Nhamo Anthony Mhiripiri (Midlands State University, Zimbabwe, and St Augustine University, Tanzania)
• Oswelled Ureke (University of Johannesburg, South Africa)
• Evangelista Manyuchi (Midlands State University, Zimbabwe)
• Mercy Mangwana Mubayiwa (Midlands State University, Zimbabwe)

Decolonisation and the collective agency of student teachers in South Africa
• Yusuf Sayed (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa)
• Zahraa McDonald (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa)
• Nimi Hoffmann (Rhodes University and Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa)
• Tarryn de Kock (Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa)

University governance and community relations in Ghana: dimensions, tensions and opportunities
• Edmond Akwasi Agyeman (University of Education, Winneba, Ghana)
• Emmanuel M. J. Tamanja (University of Education, Winneba, Ghana)
• Bernard B.B. Bingab (University of Education, Winneba, Ghana)

The role of governance in the use of innovative pedagogies for learning and research outputs in Kenyan public universities: a comparative analysis
• Susan Mbula Kilonzo (Maseno University, Kenya)
• Kennedy Onkware (Masinde Murilo University of Science and Technology, Kenya)
• Pamela Anyango Oloo (Maseno University, Kenya)
• Simon Gisege Omare (Moi University, Kenya)

Use of information and communication technology and performance of middle level lecturers in teaching and research in Nigerian universities
• John Lekan Oyefara (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
• Khadeejah Adebisi Abdulsalam (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
• Pius Adejoh (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
• Waziri Babatunde Adisa (University of Lagos, Nigeria)
• Tunde Alabi (University of Lagos, Nigeria)

Higher education management and leadership in Mozambique: dynamics and challenges of 14 higher education institutions in Mozambique
• Miguel Marrengula (Higher Institute of Arts and Culture (ISArC), Mozambique)
• Patrício Langa (Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique and University of the Western Cape, South Africa)
• Sarita Monjane Henriksen (Universidade Pedagógica, Mozambique)
• Ângela Manjichi (Michigan State University, USA)

Stakeholder engagement in higher education governance: collaboration and partnerships between higher education institutions and various stakeholders: case study, the university of the western cape, South Africa
• Fred Bidandi (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)
• Anthony Ambe (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)
• Claudia K.T. Mukong (University of the Western Cape, South Africa)

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UNRISD: Call for Papers—Overcoming Inequalities in a Fractured World: Between Elite Power and Social Mobilization

16. April 2018 - 14:22

1–20 APRIL 2018

1–20 APRIL 2018

Inequalities are one of today's greatest challenges, obstructing poverty reduction and sustainable development. Such disparities are catalysed by elite capture of economic and political power, a reinforcing process that compounds inequality, which—in its various dimensions—undermines social, environmental and economic sustainability, and fuels poverty, insecurity, crime and xenophobia.

As the power of elites grows and societal gaps widen, institutions representing the public good and universal values are increasingly disempowered or co-opted, and visions of social justice and equity side-lined. As a result, society is fracturing in ways that are becoming more and more tangible, with the growing divide between the privileged and the rest dramatically rearranging both macro structures and local lifeworlds.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development seeks to overcome such disparities, “leaving no one behind”. But how can this ambitious vision be achieved in the current climate, in which those in power act to protect the status quo from which they benefit? How can we build progressive alliances to drive the political and policy changes needed for an equitable, inclusive 21st century eco-social compact?

Please see the full Call for Papers for this UNRISD international conference to be held in Geneva on 8-9 November 2018.

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Meaning-making Research Initiatives : Special call for female researchers

9. April 2018 - 18:22

Application deadline: May 31, 2018

Established in 1973, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) promotes research by African and Diaspora scholars in the Social Sciences and Humanities that can contribute to a better understanding of Africa and its place in the world. This is motivated by the belief that sound knowledge of the continent is invaluable to efforts to make Africa a better place for its peoples and societies.

In 2017 CODESRIA introduced the Meaning-making Research Initiative (MRI) as its principal tool for supporting research. Like previous tools, MRI focuses on supporting research that contributes to agendas for imagining, planning and creating African futures. MRI replaced five tools that CODESRIA had deployed in previous years to support research. These were National Working Groups (NWG), Multinational Working Groups (MWG), Comparative Research Networks (CRN), Transnational Working Groups (TWG) and postdoctoral grants. One goal of this move is to increase the legibility and visibility of the research supported by the Council by collapsing previous tools into a single initiative for supporting research.

The adoption of MRI marks a recommitment to the tasks of interpretation and explanation that saw CODESRIA produce ground-breaking work on thematic issues such as democratization and economic reform in Africa. MRI aggressively pushes scholars to build on the close observation of African social realities to grapple with the tasks of explanation and interpretation. The initiative will reinforce support for researchers. It will also better integrate these scholars into the Council's work. Further, it will offer scholars more varied ways to present their work, including through books, journal articles and policy interventions.

Key selection criteria: Projects funded under this initiative should meet most of the following criteria:

  • Propose research on important aspects of African social realities that fall under CODESRIA's priority themes as outlined in the CODESRIA Strategic Plan;
  • Be guided by clear questions that explore puzzling aspects of the social realities of Africa and its position in the world while at the same time reflecting an interest in questions of diversity including the gendered one;
  • Be grounded in the thorough exploration of the continent's social realities and history;
  • Engage constructively and rigorously with African futures;
  • Be theoretically ambitious with a clear goal of providing new and innovative ways of understanding and making sense of African social realities;
  • Explore multiple spatial, temporal and sectoral settings where this contributes to the process of meaning-making;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with knowledge already produced by CODESRIA on the subject researched.

Thematic priorities: All applications must engage with CODESRIA's 2017-2021 thematic priorities and cross-cutting issues:

  1. Democratic processes, governance, citizenship and security in Africa: Security challenges and ways of grappling with them, transitional justice, democratization, citizenship and migration, the rule of law and human rights, governance processes and mechanisms at local, national and international levels, language, the changing boundaries and configurations of states and communities
  2. Ecologies, economies and societies in Africa: Land, natural resource management, climate change, demographic change, urbanization, food security and poverty in Africa and technological innovation as well as the interaction of human populations with the rest of the environment in Africa, the forms it takes, its histories and trajectories and its impact on a broad set of sectors including the continent's burgeoning economies
  3. Higher education dynamics in a changing Africa: The role of higher education in economic and political transformation in Africa, the rapid transformation in the African higher education landscape, the reform of African higher education and innovations in higher education leadership

Cross-cutting themes: Applications should indicate the ways in which some of these cross-cutting themes are integrated in their proposals: these are gender, generations, inequality, rurality and urbanity, memory and history, as well as futures and alternatives

Special call for female scholars

Increasing the participation of female scholars in the work and governance of CODESRIA has been a long-term goal of the Council. This is because of the marginal role that women have often occupied in the African academy and research landscape. The Council has over the years made some progress in increasing the participation of female scholars in its life and work as well as the consideration of gender in the work it supports though programs like its Gender Institute and Gender Symposium. We think the Council can do more in this regard. This special MRI call is part of a package of measures deployed to build on past advances and drastically increase the involvement of female scholars in the work and life of CODESRIA during the 2017-2021 strategic cycle.

The call invites applications from groups only. No individual awards will be granted. All projects should: 1) be headed by female scholars; and 2) have only women as members. Only in exceptional cases, and with proper justification, will the Council admit a group that has a majority of female applicants with a small number of male members. The members of a group may be from one country or multiple countries. Each group should have between 3 and 5 members and should take into account CODESRIA's core principles of linguistic, intergenerational and interdisciplinary diversity. All members of a group should have a demonstrated ability to contribute meaningfully to the work of the group. The Council will offer up to USD 35,000 for each winning project.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit application packages containing the following required materials as Word documents. Please note that applications that lack any of these elements will be discarded.

  • A proposal with the following clearly titled sections: an introduction; statement and contextualization of research question; brief review of literature and/or competing hypotheses; study design and research methodology; theoretical and practical significance of the study; research plan and a brief summary of budget. Proposals must be submitted as Word documents and should not exceed 10 pages long (font type: Times New Roman; font size: 12; line spacing: double).
  • Completed budget template: A completed version of the budget template attached to this call. Budgets should take into consideration the fact that these grants have strict 16-month lifespans.
  • Annotated plan of deliverables: One-page annotated table of contents for two scholarly articles.
  • A cover letter listing full details- names, email and physical addresses and telephone number- of the members and coordinator of the project
  • CVs of the members of the project
  • Institutional affiliation: A letter indicating institutional affiliation of each member
  • Identification sheet: A completed version of the identification sheet attached to this call. Please leave the document as an Excel file.

The deadline for submission of applications for both individual and group grants is May 31, 2018. Notification of the result of the selection process will be done by July 30, 2018 and applicants who will not hear from us by then should consider their applications unsuccessful. All applications should be sent by email to “2018 Meaning-making Research Initiatives,” CODESRIA at When sending your email kindly use the subject line ‘MRI FS 2018' to facilitate the processing of your application.

To learn more about CODESRIA's Meaning-making Research Initiatives please contact:

Research Program

BP 3304, CP 18524
Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 - 33 825 9822/23
Fax: +221- 33 824 1289

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Call for applications - ACADEMY Project: African Trans-Regional Cooperation through Academic Mobility Intra-Africa

5. April 2018 - 12:27

Start date: 1-April-2018 (00:00 CET)

End date: 15-May-2018 (23:59 CET)

Before submitting your application, read through the instructions below and familiarize yourself with the student categories and target groups.

Applicants are advised to carefully research and select the host institution and study programme of choice, prior to submitting the application.
The project particularly invites applications from female candidates and disadvantaged groups.

In order to submit your application, create a new user and then fill in the online application form and attach the required documents. Once the form is completed, make sure you have submitted it within the deadline and that you have received an email confirming the submission is concluded.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for all types of scholarships must :
Be nationals and residents in any of the eligible African countries.
Have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction of courses in the host country.
Fulfil the criteria of one of the target groups below:

Students having previously benefitted from a scholarship under the Intra-ACP or the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Schemes are NOT eligible.

Target Group 1 (TG1)

For credit-seeking mobility applicants: Students must be registered in one of the five partner universities: Université de Tlemcen (Algeria), University of Cape Coast (Ghana), Kenyatta University (Kenya), University of Ibadan (Nigeria), and University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa)
For degree-seeking applicants: Students must have graduated from one of the five partner universities.
For staff: Staff must be working in one of the five partner universities.

Target Group 2 (TG2)

For credit-seeking mobility applicants: Students must be registered in any African Higher Education Institution.
For degree-seeking mobility applicants: Students must have graduated from any African Higher Education Institution.

List of eligible countries:

Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Comoros, Congo, Cote d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Required documents

National ID or Copy of Passport Data page
Curriculum Vitae
Scholarship Application form
Certificate of language proficiency
Proof of employment from home university (for staff only)
Motivation letter
Recommendation letter
Transcript of records
Proof of registration from home institution (for credit-seeking mobility applicants)
Certificate of degree from an African university (for full degree)

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CODESRIA 2018 Democratic Governance Institute: Governing Africa's Social Policy: Subverting Development and Democracy?

30. März 2018 - 15:04

Date: 18th-29th June 2018
Venue: Arusha, Tanzania.
Application Deadline: 30 April 2018

Call for Laureates

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the call for submission of proposals from academics and researchers in African universities and Research Centres for the 2018 session of its annual Democratic Governance Institute. The 2018 Institute is being organised in partnership with the South African Research Chair in Social Policy. The Institute will be held in Arusha, Tanzania on the theme “Governing Africa's Social Policy: Subverting Development and Democracy?”. The Democratic Governance Institute, launched in 1992 by CODESRIA, is an annual interdisciplinary forum which brings together about fifteen researchers from various parts of the continent and the Diaspora, as well as some non-African scholars who are undertaking innovative research on topics related to the general theme of governance.

Organization of the Institute

A scientific director who is a senior academic in the relevant discipline, with the support of selected resource persons, provide intellectual leadership and guide the laureates of the Institute to conduct an in-depth engagement with issues revolving around the selected theme. The director and resource persons read and select laureates to the Institute based on the quality of proposals they submit; ensure that the laureates are exposed to a wide range of theoretical, methodological and policy issues related to the theme and assist the laureates develop their work to publishable standards. Each laureate is required to prepare a research paper to be presented during the session. The revised versions of such papers will be peer-reviewed for publication by CODESRIA or any other publisher partnering with the Council. The CODESRIA Documentation and Information Centre (CODICE) will provide participants with a comprehensive bibliography on the theme of the Institute. English and French languages are used for communication during the Institute through simultaneous translation.

Theme of the 2018 Institute

The paradox of liberal democracy in much of Africa since the 1990s has been, on the one hand, the narrowing of the policy space in development and modes of securing the wellbeing of citizens, and on the other hand, the stabilization of electoral modes of governance. If the mass protests that in many countries saw the end of authoritarian single-party state and military rule were triggered by the mass entitlement failures imposed by the orthodox stabilizations policies of the 1980s, the electoral polity that emerged in the aftermath has not ensured the flourishing of wellbeing, significant reduction in poverty, reduced wealth inequality, and employment. Much of this is linked to the politics of neoliberal orthodoxy which locked out many policy instruments necessary for enhanced human wellbeing. The ‘good policies' that are locked in are those that are framed by market-centric logic. The space for wellbeing enhancing policy instruments are further constrained by restraints and blockages imposed by extra-territorial forces, not the least in forms of ‘donor' conditionalities.

If in the early phases of liberal democracy in Africa, the challenge was one of absence of policy choices (alternative to neoliberal orthodoxy)—what Mkandawire refers to as “choiceless democracy”—the challenge in the 21st century is the hegemony of market transactional logic and aversion for encompassing public provisioning among most African public authorities. The gap between choice over which politicians rule your state and which economic policy prevails is reflected in the dissonance between ‘constitutionalism' and ‘popular sovereignty'; a gap between democracy as formal equality as distinct from substantive equality. The dominance of the conception and articulation of democracy, as ‘universal suffrage, regular elections and basic civil rights' (Rudebeck), is held separate from ‘equality in actual practice' in which popular pressure secures socio-economic rights and human flourishing. Also, there has been a shift in the mode of politics for the framing of popular sovereignty—a shift from organised, membership-based social movements, as mediating institutions between the civil society and the state, to non-membership based non-governmental organisations and middle-class driven advocacy organisations.

The significant reduction in poverty and employment elasticity of growth between 1960 and 1980, on the one hand, and after 2000, on the other hand, illustrates the point. The social dislocations and citizens' diswelfares, even in the context of improved growth on the back of commodity super boom, have not shown commensurate reduction. In most instances, the diswelfares have deepened. Wealth-based inequality has worsened, and poverty rate (measured at $3.10 PPP/day) is above 70% of the population in several countries.

From the idea of a state that ‘thinks' in terms of a comprehensive obligation for securing long-term national wellbeing and development and politics organised around securing such wellbeing and development, what has emerged is a ‘night-watchman' state, more recently recast in the language of the ‘capable state'—one more focused on securing the space for private investors than the wellbeing of its citizens. Economic policy became increasingly disconnected from social policy, with a public policy orientation that is averse to socialised provisioning, solidaristic risk pooling, (inter-class) redistribution, and universalism. Social policy became largely residual.

Social policy has always been shaped by two broad contending forces. On the one hand, are those who see its objectives as mopping up the diswelfares of market and institutional failure. On the other hand, are those who see social policy as having an encompassing reach and coverage, integrated with economic policy, and driven by norms of equality and solidarity. The former takes a residual approach, with market as the first port of call in social provisioning and public welfare as port of last resort focused on the deserving poor who are not able to meet their own social provisioning. The latter addresses diswelfares in both the ways we pursue development and design production activities and respond to needs at various stages of the life-cycle.

Over the last thirty years, in response to Africa's development challenges and diswelfares that its citizens face, a more residual take on social policy has become largely hegemonic, with powerful external and local actors using the continent as site of a range of social experiments. Much of this has been driven by an anti-development thinking that imagines the solution to poverty as largely a matter of “just giving money to the poor”—even as the ‘poor' are defined in highly restrictive fashion to cover a smaller proportion of the population experiencing severe entitlement failure—or a direct distribution of earnings from mineral wealth to citizens (a question of ‘oil to cash'). Development is conceptualised more as the relieve of chronic poverty and less as the structural transformation of economy, society, and social institutions. Quantitative measures of the multiplier effects of cash transfers on local economy becomes an indicator of economic growth. Social assistance instruments are deemed transformative when households can afford to pay school fees or healthcare, increase household assets in livestock. Claims of the ending of intergenerational poverty are made on at best very thin evidence. Increasingly, what we have is a public policy regime sustained by an alliance of domestic and external actors—the NGO format of the former sometimes created at the behest of the latter. If we understand the relations between state and citizens as a web of rights and obligations, the retreat of the state from socialised and universal social provisioning undermines the legitimacy of the state, weakens citizen-state social compact, reinforces the more coercive face of the state in its engagements with citizens, and undermines social cohesion. Leaving citizens to fend for themselves in the market place subjects them to the vagaries of the market. Neither is there evidence that reducing social policy to social assistance, which is narrowly focused on the deserving poor in increasingly dualistic social policy regimes, eliminates poverty or ensures quality services for the poor.

Progressive social policy is fundamentally about ensuring human flourishing. It does this by enhancing the productive capacity of citizens through public investment in education, healthcare, housing, etc.; reconciling ‘the burden of reproduction with that of other social tasks' (Mkandawire); it is about protecting people from the vagaries of life throughout the life-cycle; it pays attention to the distributive outcome of economic performance; and it should advance social cohesion (and achieving the nation-building objectives so vital in the African context). Progressive social policy does all these more efficiently through a ‘prophylactic' approach of preventing vulnerability rather than waiting to attend to it after people have fallen through the cracks. It is a social policy approach that seeks to be transformative. A transformative social policy approach does these by creating a synergy between economic and social policies and addressing the structural bases of poverty, inequality, and vulnerability. It seeks to enhance human flourishing through the transformation of the economy, social relations (including perhaps most importantly gender relations), social institution, and deepening ‘public reasoning.'

The 2018 Governance Institute will address on the dynamics of social policymaking in Africa; identify the drivers of policies and their policy preferences; it would seek to address the issue of the nature of politics and the constitution of the public sphere necessary for enhanced economic transformation, human flourishing, and new forms of social compact—in other words, issues of inclusive development. Laureates are invited to engage with these issues and explore the different national and regional experiences of modes of governance of the African social policy space, the drivers of public policy, and explore the modes of governance and politics necessary for enhanced human wellbeing and development.

Call for Laureates

Applicants who wish to be considered as laureates should be PhD candidates or scholars in their early career with a proven capacity to conduct research on the theme of the Institute. Intellectuals active in the policy process and/or social movements and civil society organizations are also encouraged to apply. The number of places offered by CODESRIA at each session is limited to fifteen (15). CODESRIA will however provide for five (5) places for participants willing to self-fund their participation. Young African academics from the Diaspora and Non-African scholars who are able to fund their participation may also apply for a limited number of places. It is absolutely important that applicants demonstrate a serious engagement with this call for applications in their proposals.

Applications for laureates

Applications for participation as laureate should include:

  • 1. One duly completed application form;

  • 2. An application letter;

  • 3. A letter indicating institutional or organizational affiliation;
  • 4. A curriculum vitae;

  • 5. A research proposal not more than ten (10) pages including a descriptive analysis of the work the applicant intends to undertake, an outline of the theoretical interest of the topic chosen by the applicant, the relationship of the topic to the problematic and concerns of the theme of the 2018 Institute;
  • 6. Two (2) reference letters from scholars or researchers known for their competence and expertise in the candidate's research area (geographic and disciplinary), including their names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses;

  • 7. A copy of the passport.

Applications Deadline

The deadline for the submission of applications is 30 April 2018. Selected applicants will be notified by15th May 2018. Laureates are required to revise their proposals which will be presented during the Institute as a draft research paper. Draft papers should be submitted to CODESRIA not later than 10th June 2018. Laureates will be required to work on their papers during the Institute in preparation for publication after the Institute.

Submission of Applications

Applicants are requested to use the following link to submit their proposals.

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The 15th General Assembly: Africa and the Crisis of Globalisation

13. März 2018 - 19:38


Date: 17th – 21st December, 2018
Venue: Dakar, Senegal
Call for Abstracts and Panel Proposals

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce its 15th General Assembly that will be held in Dakar, Senegal from the 17th to 21st December 2018. The theme chosen for the General Assembly is ‘Africa and the Crisis of Globalization. The CODESRIA General Assembly is a triennial gathering of scholars and academics drawn from the Social Sciences and Humanities in Africa and its Diaspora. On the back of the scientific sessions of the Assembly, a meeting of members who are in good standing will be held to review the functioning of the Council in the period since the 14th Assembly and decide the broad agenda to be pursued for the subsequent three years.

The coming session of the Assembly will be an opportune moment for scholars in Africa and its diaspora to revisit the issue of globalization which has been a subject of intellectual engagements in the last two decades or more. This is mainly because of the continued contradictions that the process of globalization has engendered especially with regard to the question of Africa's development. From the outset, globalisation promised a greater opening up of the world to the movement of people, goods, services and ideas. This was captured in the image of the transformation of the world into a ‘global village'; marked by greater prosperity for all, more vibrant economies, greater democratization and respect for rights.

However, the current versions of globalization have had a distinctly neoliberal inflection, representing a significant change in the historical process of globalization in which Africa played a key role even if with devastating implications on the continent. The free market that globalization continues to promote as the pathway to the ‘global village' has facilitated the shrinking of the state and its regulatory capacities with adverse consequences worldwide. Deregulation and privatization sought to reduce the state to its barest minimum, and transformed state welfare institutions into narrow ‘market-enhancing institutions' in the name of efficiency. The zest with which various compulsions have been deployed to pave the path for the free market suggests the presence of political and social goals that go beyond the purely economic and utilitarian objectives that are often voiced and illustrates the ‘choicelessness' embedded in the promises of globalization. The political and sociological fields that inspire the idea of globalization and the pathways that are portrayed as leading toward it are, for the reasons above, worthy of further intellectual engagement.

Given the persisting trends in poverty and escalation of economic inequalities, occasioned by the economic and socio-political thrusts of globalization, the push back against the core tenets of the globalization process being witnessed worldwide, even from constituencies that initially promoted the process is not surprising. Efforts at re-territorializing identities are widespread, including from the heartlands of the push for globalization. Obscurantist and iconoclastic movements that promise a return to mythical states of purity and plenty, be they driven by ethnic or racial motivations, thrive with devastating consequences on lives and societies and on basic principles of human dignity. Some of the central locations from which the ideas of globalization projected itself are leading the pushback against globalization as is seen most visibly in the building of walls, both physical, institutional and ideological but often camouflaged as attempts to restore lost glory and greatness. Ironically, the state, which was targeted by free market advocates in pursuit of globalization is often the object of attacks by the victims of globalization who blame it for not shielding them against the worst excesses of the market. While some portray these problems as pathologies that are inherent to the process of globalization, others venture that they are the results of globalization not being pursued to its ultimate end. The causal nature of the relations between some of these phenomena and the process of globalization, which they have coincided with, deserve greater attention.Africa has been at the centre of globalization both in its historical and current manifestations; significantly influencing and being influenced by the process. Without doubt, Africa, along with other locations in the global South, have often been roped into processes that have not always been to their benefit. But the heterogeneity of the continent requires a focus on the varied ways in which diverse constituencies in Africa have connected to, participate in, resisted and are influenced by globalization processes. Class, sectoral, sub-regional and linguistic difference and the rural-urban divide all come to the fore in efforts to understand how Africa is located in globalization. The question of generations and gender are critical to understanding how Africa shapes, and is in turn shaped, by globalization processes. The historically informed interrogation of the location of Africa in globalization is one that is deserving of continued scholarly focus.

The variegated ways in which diverse segments of the continent are located in and impacted by globalization processes influence longstanding efforts to define and shape the future of the continent in an evolving world. The African Union's Agenda 2063 and global plans, including the Sustainable Development Goals, are only the latest examples of these efforts. These official visions and agendas co-exist with unofficial plans and grassroots efforts to bring the world together that suggest existence of multiple visions of ‘globalization'. The investigation of the myriad ways in which globalization is thought of, and the politics through which certain visions get valorised at the expense of others that are consequently marginalized. More importantly, the upsurges to resist the adverse aspects of globalization in Africa calls for greater intellectual and policy analysis.

The meetings of the CODESRIA General Assembly have over the years been spaces for rich discussions of the socio-economic and political trends affecting development on the continent. The 15th General Assembly will continue with this trend and provide participants the space to interrogate the history, crisis and opportunities of globalization to Africa. Scholars are encouraged to examine the current conjuncture, account for the challenges of globalisation and to critically discuss alternatives to dominant narratives of globalisation that are in significant states of crisis today. Below are sub-themes that should pre-occupy scholars wishing to participate in debates at the Assembly:

  • i. Globalisation, its itinerary and iterations
  • ii. Africa in the iterations of globalisation
  • iii. Pan-Africanism and African regional integration
  • iv. The African nation-state and globalization
  • v. Peace, security and Africa's geopolitics
  • vi. Planning, policy processes and Africa's globalization
  • vii. Globalisation and Africa's economic transformation
  • viii. Globalization and Africa's changing ecology
  • ix. African women and experiences of globalization
  • x. African youth and experiences of globalisation
  • xi. Globalization and trafficking in and around Africa
  • xii. Religion, fundamentalisms and globalization
  • xiii. Africa in the global production of knowledge
  • xiv. The Humanities in rethinking globalization
  • xv. Science and innovation under globalization

Scholars wishing to be considered for participation in the 15th Assembly as paper presenters or convenors of panels are invited to send abstracts or panel proposals for consideration by the CODESRIA Scientific Committee by 15th April 2018. Successful applicants will be expected to submit full papers for a second round of review by 1st July 2018. The selected participants in the GA will be informed in August 2018. Abstracts for paper presentation should not exceed 600 words while panel proposals should not exceed 1,200 words. Each should clearly indicate the sub-theme in which the paper or panel is located.

The Council has created a portal on the website through which all abstracts and panel proposals will be submitted. Applicants are requested to use the following link to submit their proposals. The portal will be open for submission effective 16th March 2018.

For further information on the 15th CODESRIA General Assembly contact:

The Office of the Executive Secretary
BP 3304, CP 18524
Dakar, Senegal
Tel: +221 - 33 825 9822/23
Fax: +221- 33 824 1289

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