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Bahru Zewde Bahru Zewde from Addis Ababa wrote on 9th April 2020 at 6:56 am:
What a tragic loss! Africa has lost a great thinker who combined scholarly erudition with a modest personality. We will miss his wit and charm and above all his capacity to listen and learn all the time. I recall in particular his engagement with the research network on The Military and Militarism in Africa in the early 1990s. That network eventually produced one of the major publications of CODESRIA. I distinctly recall how he engaged with us during the methodology workshop in Accra. He was particularly intrigued by my portrayal of the saxophone as the chosen modern instrument for war chants and, as he sat next to me on the bus, he kept prodding me for more elaborations. I recall also with gratitude constant encouragement that I received from him in the early years of editing Africa Review of Books. His review of Jeffrey Sachs' The End of Poverty: How We Can Make it Happen in Our Lifetime remains one of the seminal pieces of that Journal. RIP dear Thandika!
Bahru Zewde
Blessing Mabuto Blessing Mabuto from Pretoria wrote on 9th April 2020 at 3:15 am:
I first met Prof Mkandawire at LSE in 2012 as an LSE Programme for African Leadership (PfAL) fellow and what struck me was his humility despite being one of the finest minds from the African continent. I am grateful for all his contributions in both social policy debates and praxis. May he rest in eternal peace.
Shadrack Wanjala Nasong'o Shadrack Wanjala Nasong'o from Memphis wrote on 9th April 2020 at 2:11 am:
It was a pleasure sharing a dinner table with Prof. Thandika Mkandawire at the 15th CODESRIA General Assembly in Dakar, Senegal in December 2018. It is so unfortunate that this was the first and last time I was meeting this erudite African scholar. May his soul rest in eternal peace. May God grant his family the grace to bear the loss. His intellectual legacy lives on in his powerful scholarship.
Georges NZONGOLA-NTALAJA Georges NZONGOLA-NTALAJA from Cary wrote on 9th April 2020 at 12:26 am:
Thandika Mkandawire was a dear friend and pan-African comrade. While we only met at scholarly conferences, it was always a pleasure not only to learn from his abundant knowledge about Africa and the world, but also to have good time in the company of like-minded peers. I would like to send my deepest condolences to his Malawian and Swedish families, his former colleagues at ZIDS, CODESRIA, UNSRID and LSE, and to all of his comrades in the struggle.
Tony Obeng Tony Obeng from Accra, Ghana wrote on 8th April 2020 at 10:52 pm:
May your trademark ability to convert received wisdom into foundations for original contributions to the weapons of struggle continue to inspire

What Thandika Mkandawire taught me about African development - by Teniola Tayo

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In Memoriam | Thandika Mkandawire

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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) conveys condolences on the passing of Professor Thandika Mkandawire

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Prof. Thandika Mkandawire’s Remarks at the 15th CODESRIA General Assembly

Thandika Mkandawire has passed on!

It is with great sadness and a deep sense of loss that the Council for the Development of Social Science in Africa, CODESRIA, announces the passing away of Professor Thandika Mkandawire on March 27, 2020. Thandika as he was fondly known was a brilliant economist and prodigious scholar whose works on African political economy challenged dominant ways of seeing the African continent on a wide range of issues that included structural adjustment and economic reform, democratic politics, neopatrimonialism and  insurgent violence. Thandika was a very dedicated member of CODESRIA. He led the Council as its Executive Secretary from 1985 to 1996 and continued to play important roles in the life of the organization after moving on to head UNRISD and later taking on a distinguished professorship at the London School of Economics. From 2015-2016, he led the internal review of CODESRIA’s governance and membership whose recommendations underpin an ambitious process of reform that the Council is undertaking. On April 11-13, 2016 CODESRIA organized a conference in Lilongwe, Malawi with the theme “Thinking African, Epistemological Issues: Celebrating the Life and Work of Thandika Mkandawire” in his honor. Thandika will be sorely missed by the CODESRIA community and the entire African social science community. His brilliance was matched by his humility, wit and willingness to mentor new generations of scholars. CODESRIA extends its sincere condolences to Thandika’s family. CODESRIA will announce its plans for celebrating the life and ideas of Thandika in the days ahead. May his soul rest in perfect peace.

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Reflections of an Engaged Economist: An Interview with Thandika Mkandawire

Below is a link to an interview that our colleague Kate Meagher conducted with the late Prof. Thandika Mkandawire.  The interview was published under the title “Reflections of an Engaged Economist: An Interview with Thandika Mkandawire,” in Development and Change, vol. 50 no. 2, 2019, pp. 511-541. More…


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Thandika Mkandawire the Boss – By Mamadou Diouf

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