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Ismail Rashid Ismail Rashid from Poughkeepsie, NY, USA wrote on 8th April 2020 at 6:25 pm:
My sincerest condolences to Prof Mkandawire's family and to all of his friends and all of us who mourn his passing. He was a formidable intellectual and brilliant voice for Africa. I was honored to know him, learn from him through his seminal publications works and incisive contributions in many conferences. Travel well, Mwalimu.
Prof. Isaac Olawale Albert Prof. Isaac Olawale Albert from University of Ibadan, Nigeria wrote on 8th April 2020 at 6:21 pm:
I am extremely happy to be one of the African scholars Thandika Mkandawire mentored. I was doing my MA in African Studies at the University of Ibadan in 1992 when he gave me the opportunity of sitting down with the big names across Africa to attend the historic CODESRIA conference on Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) in Africa. One of his colleagues was feasibly unhappy with him for inviting an MA student to such a “big meeting”. The conference gave me one of my most cited publications: titled "The University Students in the Nigerian Politics of Structural Adjustment" in a publication Thandika coedited with Adebayo Olukoshi in 1995. Under him, I got the CODESRIA thesis writing awards in 1992 for my MA and 1994 for my PhD. That was the beginning of my academic career. He mentioned the Rockefeller Foundation fellowship at the Bellago Centre in Italy to me and I was there as a Resident Fellow in 2016. Our last physical meeting was at the Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford in August 2005. He looked at me and said “I knew you would be a successful scholar”. Yes, I am by the grace of God and the foresight of Thandika. I thank him and CODESRIA. May the gentle soul of my mentor rest in peace.
Dr. Kellen Kiambati Dr. Kellen Kiambati from Nairobi wrote on 8th April 2020 at 6:20 pm:
Rest in Peace Prof Thandika. You are the best economist that I have ever met. We shall greatly miss you.
Kate Meagher Kate Meagher from Oxford wrote on 8th April 2020 at 6:04 pm:
Such a loss, and yet we have gained so much from the time he spent among us. When Thandika spoke, you could hear the synapses crackle around the room. Such a warm, wonderful, wise man. I am bereft. Just knowing him was a rare gift, an inspiration to carry on the struggle for truth and justice. Go well Thandika.
Gordon Omenya Gordon Omenya from Nairobi wrote on 8th April 2020 at 6:03 pm:
My heartfelt condolences to the doyen of African Economic history, Prof. Thandika Mkandawire. I last saw him during the 2015 CODESRIA General Assembly in Dakar, Senegal. Although he has left an intellectual gap in the African academy, his academic legacy will forever remain with us. Shine on, Shine on, Shine on Prof till we meet again.

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

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In Memoriam | Thandika Mkandawire

In Memoriam: Thandika Mkandawire (1940-2020) Development Economist, Pan-Africanist and Mentor Thandika Mkandawire, who passed away in Stockholm on…
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Entretien pour la revue Roape avec le directeur de l’IDEA, Adebayo Olukoshi, sur la contribution de l’économiste malawite…
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Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) conveys condolences on the passing of Professor Thandika Mkandawire

Pretoria, Wednesday 1 April 2020 – The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) extends it condolences to the family,…
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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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