Since 1992, CODESRIA has organised annual thematic institutes targeted at younger researchers and mid-career scholars mainly located in universities and research centres in Africa.
Over the period since then, the number of thematic institutes organised by the Council has grown, as has the number of scholars invited on an open competitive basis to participate in them. Beginning with the Governance Institute, the institutes hosted by the Council have grown over the years to include the Gender Institute, the Humanities Institute Programme, the Child and Youth Studies Institute, and the Institute on Health, Politics and Society.
With an average of 15 laureates participating every year in each of the existing institutes hosted by the Council, the programme has produced hundreds of alumni from the different sessions held. A majority of the alumni have remained within the African higher education system where many have also grown in seniority and matured in their scholarship. The Programme for the Alumni of CODESRIA Institutes is designed primarily to serve as a forum for continued interaction among all those who have participated in any of the institutes hosted by the Council. In so doing, it will enable the laureates to re-visit some of the old intellectual concerns that attracted them in the first place to the Institute in which they participated, pose new questions that arise as a result of the passage of time and the generation of new insights, and develop a new, collective intellectual agenda that might be pursued further through other CODESRIA research vehicles.
The Inaugural Conference of Alumni was organized on the theme "Re-thinking State and Democracy in Africa" from 19 to 21 September 2007 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the second was held on the theme "Governing the Urban Process in Africa" from 17 to 19 September 2008 in Brazaville, Congo.
To see if there is currently a call for participation for a conference organized within the framework of the Conference of the alumni of CODESRIA, please consult the Announcements section.