Thandika Mkandawire


UN Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD)

Palais des Nations
Geneva 10 CH-1211

Thandika Mkandawire is Director of the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD). He is an economist with extensive experience in the promotion of comparative research on development issues. From 1986 through 1996, he was Executive Secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), headquartered in Dakar.

Thandika is a member of the editorial boards of Global Governance; Development and Change; Africa Development; and the Oxford Journal of Development Studies. He has also recently served on the executive committees of the International Institute for Labour Studies, the Swedish NGO Fund for Human Rights, the Comparative Research Programme on Poverty (CROP) of the International Social Science Council, Care International, the Steering Committee of the UNU Project on Intellectual History, and the African Gender Institute. Thandika, who was also Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Development Research in Copenhagen, took up his post as UNRISD Director in May 1998.

Focus: Development, Africa


Selected Publications:

"African Intellectuals, Political Culture and Development." Journal f?r Entwicklungspolitik (Austrian Journal of Development Studies), XV 111:1 (Special Issue Edited by Henning Melber), 2002.

"Globalization and Social Equity." African Sociological Review, 2002.

"The Terrible Toll of Post-Colonial 'Rebel Movements' in Africa: Toward an Explanation of the Violence Against the Peasantry." Journal of Modern African Studies, 2002.

?Incentives, Governance and Capacity Development: What Role for Technical Assistance in Africa?? Capacity for Development: New Solutions to Old Problems. Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, Carlos Lopes and Khalid Malik (eds.). Earthscan, 2002.

"Social Policy in a Development Context." UNRISD, Geneva, 2001.

"Thinking About Developmental States in Africa." Cambridge Journal of Economics, 2001.

"Non-Organic Intellectuals and 'Learning' in Policy-Making Africa." Learning in Development Co-operation. Jerker Carlsson and Lennart Wohlgemuth (eds.). Sweden: EGDI, 2000.

"Crisis Management and the Making of 'Choiceless Democracies' in Africa." The State, Conflict and Democracy in Africa. Richard Joseph (ed.). Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 1999.

"Shifting Commitments and National Cohesion in African Countries." Common Security and Civil Society in Africa. Lennart Wohlegemuth, Samantha Gibson, Stephan Klasen and Emma Rothchild (eds.). Uppsala: Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 1999.


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Last Updated: Sep 22, 2006

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