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Nimi Hoffmann Nimi Hoffmann from University of Sussex wrote on 9th April 2020 at 1:26 pm:
What will we do without your wisdom, humility and gentle humour Thandika? We will all of us have to pull up our socks and work harder together, because no one person can fill your shoes.

You were a light unto this world, and we will miss you terribly, even though you liked to make jokes about the state of South African soccer.
Joachim Emmanuel Goma-Thethrt Joachim Emmanuel Goma-Thethrt from Brazzaville (Congo) wrote on 9th April 2020 at 12:14 pm:
J'adresse mes sincères condoléances à la famille de notre aîné dans la recherche, le Pr. Thandika Mkandawire. La communauté des chercheurs africains, et particulièrement le Codesria, vient de perdre une de ses figures emblématiques. Il a non seulement porté haut les idéaux du Codesria, mais a surtout contribué à une meilleure connaissance de l'Afrique et de ses enjeux contemporains. Pr. Thandika, tout homme est appelé à mourir un jour, mais toutes les morts n'ont pas la même signification. Ton oeuvre continuera à nous éclairer. Que la terre de nos aïeux te soit légère ,!
Joseph CIHUNDA HENGELELA Joseph CIHUNDA HENGELELA from Kinshasa (RDC) wrote on 9th April 2020 at 10:43 am:
Que son âme repose en paix! Comme on dit pour les artistes, le professeur Mkandawire n'est pas mort. Ses oeuvres vont continuer à parler de lui. Je rappelle de sa préface 'toujours actuelle' dans l'ouvrage intitulé "Zaïre: vers quelles destinées?". Toutes mes condoléances à famille!
Giovanni SPALIVIERO Giovanni SPALIVIERO from Venise wrote on 9th April 2020 at 8:45 am:
first professor of Regional Planning at IDEP, Dakar
Véronique Koffi Véronique Koffi from Abidjan wrote on 9th April 2020 at 8:31 am:
Difficile de perdre un gros homme. Mais ainsi va la vie. Certes nous ne l'avons plus parmi nous mais nous avons ses œuvres, ces écrits et publications. Un scientifique ne meurs jamais. Mes sincères condoléances à sa famille biologique ainsi qu'à sa famille scientifique.

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.

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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…


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…