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Oluyele Akinwalie Akinkugbe Oluyele Akinwalie Akinkugbe from HALIFAX wrote on 23rd April 2020 at 11:10 pm:
Rest in Perfect Peace Thandika. Africa and its Development appreciates what you stood for, worked hard for, wrote about, and whose course you are propagating, even in the heavens. You are fondly remembered.
Michael Cross Michael Cross from Johannesburg wrote on 23rd April 2020 at 10:41 pm:
We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the greatest intellectuals and leaders this continent has produced. He remains one of the most inspiring role models for all young scholars across the world. He was humble enough to spare some time to share his ideas with my students during the several times he visited South Africa. We will miss him. Michael, Ali Mazrui Centre for Higher Education Studies
Ndeye Fatou CISSE Ndeye Fatou CISSE from DAKAR wrote on 21st April 2020 at 11:31 am:
Je présente mes sincères condoléances à sa famille, au CODESRIA, à l'ensemble de la communauté scientifique du monde, africaine en particulier
EBENEZER ISHOLA EBENEZER ISHOLA from LAGOS wrote on 21st April 2020 at 10:36 am:
Good night Professor Mkandawire!
Your works on Developmental State will forever be cherished!
Michael Neocosmos Michael Neocosmos from Pretoria wrote on 18th April 2020 at 1:11 pm:
It is with great sadness that I learnt of Thandika's passing. Having lost my beloved partner in life recently I can easily imagine what his family is feeling. I am sure many people will write about what a great African intellectual, economist and institution-builder Thandika was, but I would like to remember him as a warm human being: passionate, extremely easy going and approachable, open to debate and discussion without any hint of arrogance. In addition his sense of humour and ability to laugh at situations made it easy for people to be at ease in his company. As well as losing a major intellectual, the Codesria community is losing a wonderful human being. He will be sorely missed.

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

I first heard Thandika Mkandawire’s name from my friend, Vivian, a fireball Tanzanian woman who shows more daring…
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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.

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…


Je n’aime pas les oraisons funèbres. Elles annoncent, avec brutalité et désespoir, la disparition d’un être cher qui a marqué son temps et laissé une marque. Elles s’évertuent à tracer une histoire, exhumer une contribution remarquable, pour attester de sa clôture, même si l’on clame la continuité. Nonobstant nos efforts, l’oraison funèbre signale la mort ; elle enterre la personne pour n’en laisser qu’une trace et obturer une vie.  More…

Thandika Mkandawire the Boss – By Mamadou Diouf

I do not like funeral orations. They announce, with brutality and despair, the disappearance of a loved one who has marked his time and left a mark. They strive to tell a story, to unearth a remarkable contribution, to bear witness to its closure, even if we claim continuity. Notwithstanding our efforts, funeral orations signal death; they bury a person and leave only a trace and seal a life.  More…