Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa
Conseil pour le développement de la recherche en sciences sociales en Afrique
Conselho para o Desenvolvimento da Pesquisa em Ciências Sociais em África
مجلس تنمية البحوث الإجتماعية في أفريقيا
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About us

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is headquartered in Dakar, Senegal. It was established in 1973 as an independent pan-African research organisation primarily focusing on social sciences research in Africa.

Mission Statement

It is recognised not only as the pioneer African social research organisation but also as the apex non-governmental centre of social knowledge production on the continent.

Its objectives are to:

  • Promote and facilitate research and knowledge production in Africa using a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach. The Council is committed to combating the fragmentation of knowledge production, and the African community of scholars along various disciplinary and linguistic/geographical lines;
  • Promote and defend the principle of independent thought and the academic freedom of researchers in the production and dissemination of knowledge;
  • Encourage and support the development of African comparative research with a continental perspective and a sensitivity to the specificity of the development process in Africa;
  • Promote the publication and dissemination of research results undertaken by African scholars;
  • Strengthen the institutional basis of knowledge production in Africa by proactively engaging and supporting other research institutions and their networks of scholars within its programmes of activities. As part of this goal, the Council also actively encourages cooperation and collaboration among African universities, research organisations and other training institutions;
  • Encourage inter-generational and gender-sensitive dialogues in the African academy as a further investment of effort in the promotion of awareness and capacity for the use of different prospectives for knowledge production;
  • Promote contacts and dialogue between African researchers and researchers on Africa elsewhere in the world, as well as interaction between the Council and similar international organisations.

Our Partners

Third World Network

Le Forum Social Mondial

South-South Sustainability Forum

Third World Forum

African Forum for Alternatives

Association of African Universities

Association of African Women for Research and Development

World Forum for Alternatives

Arab Council for the Social sciences


Chinese Academy of Social Sciences

IDEAs (International Development Economics Associates), New Delhi

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The Executive Committee

Isabel Maria Alçadra Padez Cortesao Casimiro

Rokhaya Fall

Ibrahim Mouiche

Marilyn R. A. Ossome

Mshai Mwangola

Brahim El Morchid

Jacques Tshibwabwa

Slaheddinne Ben Fredj


Nana Akua Anyidoho

The Scientific Committee

Mamadou Diouf

Manthia Diawara

Lyn Ossome

Theresa Moyo

Ammara Bekkouche

Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja

Carlos Lopes

Aituaje Irene Pogoson

Emmanuel Akyeampong

Alemayehu Geda

Kmar Bendana

Cristiano Matsinhe

Key documents

CODESRIA Charter Amendment Proposals


Strategic plan

CODESRIA Research Policy

Annual reports

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

The Executive Secretariat

Public Statements

Juba Declaration on Academic Freedom and University Autonomy

The Kampala Declaration on Intellectual Freedom and Social Responsibility

The Dar Es Salaam Declaration on Academic Freedom and Social Responsibility of Academics

Declaration on Africa’s Development Challenges

Message of solidarity with the people of Guinea

Safeguarding Academic Freedom in the University of Kinshasa!

An Urgent Call for the Release of the Ethiopia 38

Kampala Declaration on African History

Declaration of intellectuals and scholars about the destruction of manuscripts of Timbuktu

Violations and abuses of Academic Freedom in Malawi : CODESRIA Postpones Holding of International Colloquium in Honour of Professor Thandika Mkandawire



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

Tribute to Joseph Ki-Zerbo

Tribute to Harris Memel-Fotê

Tribute to Archie Mafeje

Tribute to Guy Mhone

Tribute to Chachage Seithy L. Chachage

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

Tribute to Neville Alexander

Tribute to Hocine Khelfaoui

Tribute to Bernard Makhosezwe MagubaneJimi O. Adesina _ University of the Western Cape _ Cape Town, South Africa

Tribute to Professor Sam Moyo, a Great Intellectual, and a Man of Integrity

Tribute to Professor Fatima Mernissi