Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa CODESRIA

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CODESRIA, 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 … (full text Homepage).

News; Publications Programme; CODICE; Conference papers; About the Bulletin;
Database of African Social Scientists; Documentation and Information Centre;
Research Mandate and Objectives; Working Group on Finance and Education;
STRATEGIC PLAN 2002 – 2006; Strategic Plan 2007-2011, a 40 pages text;
Past Events, Training and Grants;
Address: CODESRIA, Avenue Cheikh Anta Diop x Canal IV, BP 3304, CP 18524, Dakar, Senegal;

Training, Grants and Fellowships; CODESRIA has responded to the training needs of African researchers by building a formidable training programme. 

Activities which it has developed and promoted for this purpose range from the award of small grants for thesis writing in African universities and the organisation of a number of annual, theme-specific ‘summer institutes’ to the funding of methodological training sessions, the award of advanced research fellowships, the convening of an Annual Social Science Campus, the launching of an initiative on the Intellectual History of Africa, and a textbook project. Through these programmes, the Council attempts at one and the same time to accommodate and cater for the needs and interests of young and upcoming researchers, mid-career scholars and the most senior and experienced members of the African academy.  Thus although the different training activities undertaken by the Council are tailored to serve the needs of specific sections of the social research community, they also constitute an important element in the effort to mobilise all the social research constituencies active on the continent.

In 1996, all the training programmes of the Council were regrouped into one specific department, the Department of Training and Grants. The objective of the training activities remain the same however, namely, to respond creatively and speedily to the training needs of African researchers while encouraging innovation and experimentation in the development of new activities designed to cater to the ever-changing terrain of social research on the continent and in the wider international system. The point should also be underscored that the development of the research capacity interventions of the Council are closely tied to the changing context of teaching and learning in African universities. Programmes are developed to fill observed gaps, strengthen new, interesting trends, and encourage innovation and originality … (full text).

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