2008:06 Organisation for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA)

David J Francis, Jim Björkman, James Manor
Serier – Sida EvaluationDescription:
Despite the current crisis, we have found that OSSREA has continued to be relevant to African Scholars, universities and the production of social science knowledge and scholarship in Africa. OSSREA's research and training grants and fellowships demonstrate relevance, quality, effectiveness and transparency. In effect, the organization has continued to deliver on capacity building and institutional strengthening of African universities and scholars. However, the 'ownership' of capacity building of OSSREA to set a 'distinctive' African research agenda is questionable. Though OSSREA has emerged as the key facilitator of academic freedom in some countries visited, the organization is noticeably silent on some major African issues e.g. Zimbabwe and the regional disputes in the IGAD.