CODESRIA ranked among Africa’s 5 best think-tanks
The Dakar-based African research institution, CODESRIA has been ranked among the five best think tanks in Africa
CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa has also been ranked as the top 30 international development think tanks in the world.
This is contained in the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the University of Pennsylvania USA, in the recently published 2011 edition of its report ranking think tanks around the world.
It says CODESRIA is one of the most important institutions that contribute to knowledge production in Africa.
The study was conducted by over three hundred experts from various disciplines, nationalities and continents, 6,545 think tanks located in 182 countries through a process that lasted over an eight-month period.
CODESRIA is a pan-African institution established by African researchers in 1973.
The creation of the body is said to have grown “out of a desire to build an autonomous scientific community that is capable of interpreting social realities in Africa and contributing to debates on global issues.”
Meanwhile, “CODESRIA welcomes this ranking that places it among best think tanks in Africa, and among the best international development think tanks in the world.”
In a statement, the group said “this achievement is no doubt the result of the untiring efforts of nearly four decades, by many people and institutions who have worked with the Council in diverse ways towards fulfilling its mandate, i.e. the development of social science research in Africa.”