The report evaluates CODESRIA, the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, with headquarters in Dakar for the period 2000–2006. It speaks of consolidation and renewal, underscoring a remarkable comeback after a crisis of external and internal legitimacy that marked the
African scholarship is fragmented along disciplinary, geographic and linguistic lines. The Council organises across those boundaries, challenging fragmentation. The report examines its research programme and the publications that it generates. It looks at the problems of disseminating
research results and the frontiers of electronic documentation. Research is supported by a programme of training, grants and fellowships.
The evaluation team has visited local communities of scholars to
gauge the Council’s impact. While visiting the Secretariat in Dakar special attention was paid to administration and finance.