Thandika Mkandawire: A Tribute by Fred Hendricks

“I’m kinda weary” is how Thandika Mkandawire suggested I remember his surname when we met for the first time in Dakar in the early 1990’s at a CODESRIA workshop on Reflections on Development. He was the Executive Secretary at the time, but he shunned the grand chauffeur driven pomp which usually accompanied his seniority. Instead…

The Afropolitan Intellectual by Adekeye Adebajo

Professor Adekeye Adebajo is Director of the University of Johannesburg’s Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation in South Africa. Thandika Mkandawire, who died on 27 March 2020 at the age of 79, was the ultimate Afropolitan intellectual. He was not only a dyed-in-the-wool Pan-Africanist, but a cosmopolitan citizen of the world. Born of a Malawian…

Thandika Mkandawire

Thandika Mkandawire (10 October 1940 – 27 March 2020)[1] was a Malawian economist and public intellectual who was a Chair of African Development and professor of African Development at the London School of Economics.[2][3][4] He is a widely published scholar on the social sciences in Africa.[5] His research focused in development theory and economic and social policy. Personal life[edit] He…