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Olivia Lwabukuna Olivia Lwabukuna from London wrote on 12th May 2020 at 10:58 pm:
What an amazing man and memory. I met him in Cape Town, He was a keynote speaker at the TRALAC ANNUAL CONFERENCE. Very humble, very knowledgeable in African political economy, and to the point. He was always an African, very connected to the continent. As an Africanist and a lawyer, a daughter of Tanzania, South Africa, Swaziland, Kenya and many other African countries, I have always looked up to people like Thandika Mkandawire, Issa Shivji (who incidentally guest taught constitutional law at Tumaini Makumira when I taught there), Adebayo Olukushi (a constant key note speaker at the Africa Institute in South Africa where I worked for years) and many more contemporary Africanists, Mazrui, Mamdani, Adesina, Adebajo, adesanmi. There are many more, but I most respect the ones who stay close to Africa in mind and deeds.

From the spaces I find myself in, we need more Africans to speak for Africa. Our agency, our narratives our very future needed people like you to prepare people like me.

Rest in Peace, ulale salama, Hamba Kahle Mwalimu na Shujaa!!
Prof. Isaac Nnamdi Obasi Prof. Isaac Nnamdi Obasi from Abuja wrote on 28th April 2020 at 9:34 pm:
It is with eternal gratitude to God that I consider myself privileged to be among distinguished intellectuals across Africa and the world that are paying glowing and befitting tribute to Prof. Thandika Mkandawire. I remember him with a spirit of gratitude also for creating the opportunity in CODESRIA that enabled me to become one of the lucky few that secured the Small Grant for Ph.D Thesis Writing in 1988. The award inspired me greatly to soar in my academic career. Prof. Mkandawire was a remarkable intellectual giant that provided the academic fertilizer that enabled many other intellectuals to grow and soar in Africa and beyond. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.
Jacques TSHIBWABWA KUDITSHINI Jacques TSHIBWABWA KUDITSHINI wrote on 24th April 2020 at 10:30 pm:
Monsieur le Secrétaire Exécutif du CODESRIA, cher Godwin Murunga,
Mesdames et Messieurs les Membres du CODESRIA,

Cher-e-s collègues
Je viens d’apprendre la mort de Thandika Mkandawire, économiste de renommée internationale, professeur et universitaire originaire du Malawi. Ce décès intervient dans un contexte particulier déjà chargé de tristesses et d’émotions, parce qu’il survient au moment où nos blessures ne se sont pas encore refermées du fait de la disparition du professeur Samir Amin qui nous a quittés il y a seulement quelques mois. Le professeur Thandikak était un membre très influent du et au CODESRIA. Il est parmi les personnalités et figures emblématiques qui ont donné une âme et un esprit au Conseil. Thandika était un monument de la pensée, un mentor et un économiste de classe exceptionnelle dont les écrits ont constitué une source d’inspiration pour plusieurs chercheurs africains et étrangers. Thandika fait partie de la classe des chercheurs africains qui ont fait de la décolonisation des sciences sociales et humaines africaines leur cheval de bataille et qui ont milité pour casser les fractures épistémologiques et instaurer une diversité épistémique. En tant que membre du Comité Exécutif du CODESRIA, je salue la mémoire et l’œuvre immense de cet érudit qui vient de nous quitter au moment où l’on avait encore besoin de ses services et présente, à l’occasion, mes tristes condoléances à la famille biologique de Thandika Mkandawire, et à toute la communauté africaine des chercheur-e-s.

Que Dieu puisse avoir en repos l’âme de celui que nous appelions affectivement Mkandawire pour les uns ou Thandika pour les autres.

Université de Kinshasa/Université de Paris 8
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

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

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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.

Africa Beyond Recovery


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

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…