Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA)

The Pilot African Postgraduate Academy (PAPA) targets early career scholars who have recently accomplished their doctoral theses and who are based at Universities in Africa. The goal is to foster among them a commitment to the value of scholarship for its own sake, cultivate their interest in conceptual understanding and promote an orientation towards the use of knowledge acquired in Africa to contribute to the further development of science in general.

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Actual Publications of the Institute

Dogoni, Yacouba, 2018 : « La résilience communautaire a la radicalisation dans la région de Sikasso ». In : Revue malienne des Sciences Juridiques, Politiques et Economiques de Bamako (REMASJUPE), N°5, pp.505-528.

Fofana, Issa, 2018 : « Transformation socio-spatiale et classes moyennes maliennes des quartiers périphériques de Bamako », In Revue malienne des Sciences juridiques, politiques et économiques de Bamako (REMASJUPE), N°5, pp. 529-548.

Fofana, Issa, 2017 : « Pression démographique et gestion durable du centre-ville de Bamako », In Revue malienne des Sciences juridiques, politiques et économiques de Bamako (REMASJUPE), vol. 4, pp. 267-284.

Mbodj-Pouye, Aïssatou and Stefan Le Courant 2017 “Living away from family is not good, but living with it is worse. Debating conjuguality across generations of West African migrants in France”, Mande Studies, vol. 19: 109-130.

Ndiaye  A., Sangaré Y., 2017: « Exploitations Familiales de Production Agricole des Cercles de Niono et de Banamba (Mali): Caractérisation et Stratégies de Prise en Charge des Besoins en Rapport Avec L’intervention Pour le Développement Agricole et Rural »,  European Scientific Journal (ESJ) Vol. 13, n° 13, pp. 193-210.

Fofana, Issa, 2016: « Regulation of information and transparency in the grain market in Mali » in Diawara M. and Röschenthaler U. (eds.), Competing norms: State regulation and local praxis in Sub-Saharan Africa, Frankfurt/New York, Campus Verlag, pp. 73-95.

Bathé, Mbaye, 2016: “The Doubtful Business of Extracting Gold: Challenges of environmental law in Mali’s mining sector”. In M. Diawara, & U. Roschenthaler (Eds.), Competing Norms: State regulations and local praxis in sub-Saharan Africa (pp. 121-144). Frankfurt: Campus Verlag.

SIPRI – Central Mali Project for Security and Development

The three-year project aims to monitor governance, security and development indicators and trends through quantitative and qualitative surveys conducted in Mali’s central regions of Mopti and Ségou. Although much of the early attention to Mali’s security crisis centered around the Northern zones, the Centre has quickly become a hotbed of instability with the emergence of several armed and jihadist groups, ongoing conflicts between pastoralist herders and sedentary farmers, and developmental challenges as a result of instability.

To better understand these issues in depth through a “bottom-up” approach, the project combines the expertises of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and POINT SUD and a mixed research methodology (quantitative and qualitative). By implementing a robust monitoring framework based on Security and Development Indicators (SDIs) tracked every three months through survey questionnaires to a representative sample of the population in the two regions of Segou and Mopti. Every six months, the project is including additional thematic and adaptive questions and supplement the monitoring research with focus groups and qualitative studies in areas of interest. The three-year project “Mali-Centre for Security and Development” is funded by the European Union and implemented by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and its partner, POINT SUD.

Contact: Dr Gregory Chauzal, gregory.chauzal@sipri.org

Article Central Mali: Violence, local perspectives and diverging narratives

Recherche actuelle

Projets collectifs

CHAMPS: Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network / Le Réseau de la Surveillance de la Santé Infantile et de la Prévention de Mortalité

Projet financé par Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

L’objectif général du Réseau CHAMPS est de fournir des données précises, opportunes, et fiables sur la santé de l’enfant, sur les causes de la survenue des décès chez les enfants de moins de cinq ans. Un aspect unique de CHAMPS est la collecte des échantillons de tissu des enfants décédés récemment par des pathologistes. Bien que ce sujet soit délicat, il est crucial de déterminer les causes de la mort d’enfants pour informer la politique et les décisions des programmes qui visent à réduire la mortalité infantile. À cette fin, cette recherche formative vise à évaluer la faisabilité (par exemple, l’acceptabilité, la pratique, et la mise en œuvre et les considérations éthiques de la surveillance la santé de l’enfant, de la mortalité infantile dans les contextes culturels, sociaux, religieux et géographiques différents).

La recherche formative est l’occasion d’explorer et de documenter les perceptions et représentations sur la grossesse, la naissance, la santé, la maladie et la mort et tout ce qui est dit sur ces situations et événements de la vie en général et particulièrement celle de l’enfant avec un accent sur la triade : naissance, santé et mort (birth, health and death). Une équipe de Point Sud assure la gestion technique de la phase formative.

Point Sud est partenaire du Centre de développement des vaccins au Mali (CVD-Mali).

Participant-e-s Point Sud : Prs : Mamadou Diawara, Tiéman Diarra, Moussa Sissoko, Issa Fofana, Yacouba Dogoni, Bakary F Traoré, et Moriba Sissoko

NIMIK: Nouvelles perspectives sur les migrations dans et depuis la région de Kayes/ New insights into migrations in Kayes (2018-2019)

Projet financé par la coopération suédoise, piloté par l’IRD, dont Point Sud est partenaire.

L’objectif du projet est d’identifier l’émergence de nouveaux phénomènes migratoires à partir d’enquêtes sur la région de Kayes. La mobilité vers d’autres pays d’Afrique et d’autres destinations, notamment l’Europe, depuis cette région a fait l’objet de nombreux travaux dont il s’agira de faire un bilan critique. Le projet s’attache à déceler à partir de ce terrain singulier les changements en cours. Il réunit une équipe d’une dizaine de chercheuses et de chercheurs, économistes, statisticiens, géographes, sociologistes et anthropologues, basés en France et au Mali.

Point Sud est mobilisé pour l’axe 2 qui  examine les dynamiques familiales liées à la migration et s’intéresse à l’émergence possible de nouvelles configurations migratoires, notamment la migration autonome des femmes. Cet axe est coordonné par Nehara Feldman (anthropologue, Université de Picardie) associée à Joanne Le Bars (géographe, post-doc) et Nassima Guilal (étudiante en master de l’Université de Picardie).

Participant-e-s Point Sud : Mbaré Fofana, Mariam Sissoko, Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye.

Projets individuels

  1. L’effectivité du droit de l’environnement dans le secteur minier au Mali. Mbaye Mbathé (Droit), USJP de Bamako.
  2. Economie transfrontalière et développement local participatif : La contribution de la filière de l’anacarde au développement de la zone Sikasso-Korhogo et Bobo-Dioulasso dans un contexte de coopération transfrontalière. Yacouba Dogoni, Institut supérieur de formation de recherche Appliquée (ISFRA), Encadreurs : Prs. SISSOKO Moussa et NIANG Abdoulaye (Sociologie)
  3. Impacts des stratégies de développement sur les exploitations agricoles au Mali : Adoption des variétés améliorées de riz en zone Office du Niger. Yacouba Sangaré, Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (Sénégal), Encadreur: Pr. FOUNANOU Mathurin.
  4. Forme urbaine et mobilité des individus à Bamako, Issa Togola, Université Félix d’Houphouët Boigny à Abidjan (RCI). Encadreur : Pr ALOKO N’GUESSAN Jérôme
  5. La mobilité in situ : les débats locaux sur l’émigration et le retour dans l’Ouest du Mali. Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye, Bourse Marie Skłodowska-Curie. Point Sud, Bamako & CNRS, France, Institut des mondes africains, financé par le programme pour la recherche et l’innovation Horizon 2020 de l’Union Européenne (projet n°749223). Resumé

Other research projects

“Point Sud – Strengthening Local Knowledge” analyzes the interactions between local knowledge and practices, and global or national projects of modernization and state construction. Point Sud particularly supports research on cultural assumptions of local knowledge and its responses to local, national and global dynamics. The institution has been working on projects of agricultural development, health care, migration and the process of decentralisation.

Point Sud sponsors individual research projects that bring together scholars from around the world and it grants study and research scholarships to young African researchers.

The primary objective of these investigations is to develop a middle range theory that analyzes basic data and creates a successful dialogue between academic disciplines closely related in the field. Therefore, the systematic collection of oral traditions and other oral accounts is the focal point of the institute’s research projects. For this reason, Point Sud emphasizes field research.  Each researcher is required to spend at least a third of his time in the field.

 

Collective projects

CHAMPS: Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance Network
Funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Partner : Centre de développement des vaccins au Mali (CVD-Mali)
Participants at Point Sud : Prs : Mamadou Diawara, Tiéman Diarra, Moussa Sissoko, Issa Fofana, Yacouba Dogoni, Bakary F Traoré, et Moriba Sissoko

New insights into migrations in Kayes (2018-2019)
Funded by the Swedish cooperation
Participants at Point Sud : Mbaré Fofana, Mariam Sissoko, Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye

 

Individual research projects

  1. L’effectivité du droit de l’environnement dans le secteur minier au Mali. Mbaye Mbathé (Law), PhD thesis, USJP de Bamako.
  2. Economie transfrontalière et développement local participatif : La contribution de la filière de l’anacarde au développement de la zone Sikasso-Korhogo et Bobo-Dioulasso dans un contexte de coopération transfrontalière. Yacouba Dogoni, PhD thesis, Institut supérieur de formation de recherche Appliquée (ISFRA), Encadreurs : Prs. SISSOKO Moussa et NIANG Abdoulaye (Sociology).
  3. Impacts des stratégies de développement sur les exploitations agricoles au Mali : Adoption des variétés améliorées de riz en zone Office du Niger. Yacouba Sangaré, PhD thesis, Université Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis (Sénégal), Encadreur: Pr. FOUNANOU Mathurin (Economist).
  4. Forme urbaine et mobilité des individus à Bamako, Issa Togola, PhD thesis, Université Félix d’Houphouët Boigny à Abidjan (RCI). Encadreur : Pr ALOKO N’GUESSAN Jérôme (Geography)
  5. Mobility in situ: Debating emigration and return in Western Mali (MOBILIMA).Aïssatou Mbodj-Pouye (Point Sud, Bamako & CNRS, France, Institut des mondes africains) Abstract

Other training

Point Sud, in cooperation with Northern universities and research centers, educates African graduate students predominantly in social anthropology, while graduate students from the Global North are provided access to a top-level international research setting. Besides the regular courses and fieldwork training for African scholarship holders, Point Sud organises a field school in Mali every two years in collaboration with the Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main. This fieldwork training brings together graduate students from Frankfurt with their Malian counterparts from the University of Bamako who then conduct joint field research. Furthermore, the institute hosts the Point Sud Annual Institute (PSAI), an international summer school for young researchers, that is organised collaboration with its academic and financial partner institutions.

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DFG Programme Point Sud

German scholars and research foundations have long been successfully working beyond the Anglo- and Francophone research traditions established by the former leading colonial powers in Africa. Not only have they been successful in overcoming geographic and linguistic boundaries themselves, but they have also encouraged exchange and dialogue between these different research traditions. In this capacity, German academics are in a particularly favorable position to play an important role in promoting the establishment of a truly postcolonial academic community in Africa.

In 2009, the Goethe-University of Frankfurt/Main and the German Research Foundation (DFG) have established the “Programme Point Sud” in order to fund Africa-related workshops and conferences in the humanities and social sciences at Point.

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Other events

The organisation of international workshops and conferences has always been an important activity of Point Sud in order to promote the dialogue between scholars and scientists from all over the world. Accordingly, Point Sud has hosted various events of different sizes ranging from small workshops for young researchers to conferences with over 150 participants from all over the world. This tradition continues up to the present.The principal events Point Sud has organised in collaboration with its partners include:

  1. The international colloquium: Interface between local and universal know­ledge
    12th-14th of February 2000
  2. The international colloquium: Decentralisation and local knowledge in Africa
    15th-18th of February 2002
  3. An international conference held in Bamako and Timbuktu in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development in Germany and the GTZ: “Heinrich Barth (1821-1865): European Scholar and Intermediary between Worlds and Cultures”. 29th of November – 5th of December 2004 (see also under Publications).
  4. A symposium organised in collaboration with the Volkswagen Foundation  that served as the first grantees meeting within the Africa initiative of the Volkswagen Foundation at Bamako, “The Knowledge of Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects with sub-Saharan Africa”. 25th – 28th of November 2007.
    Bamako Conference 2007 Reader (PDF)
    Bamako Conference 2007 Film

Programme 2018

6th-10th May 2018 in Dakar (Senegal),
Imaginary Worlds: An Artistic and Social Scientific Exploration of Imaginaries and Digital Practices in Africa
Conveners: Prof Richard Rottenburg (University of Halle), Dr Julien McHardy (University of Halle), Dr Malik Ndiaye (IFAN/University Cheikh Anta Diop Dakar), Marion Louisgrand Sylla (Kër Thiossane Dakar). In collaboration with UCAD Dakar and Point Sud Bamako. PDF Report

17th-19th June 2018 in Maputo (Mozambique),
Revisiting Dams in Africa
Conveners: Dr Valerie Haensch (University of Bayreuth), Dr Tamer Abd Elkreem (University of Khartoum), Prof Inês Macamo Raimundo (Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo), Dr Eléusio Viegas Filipe (Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo). In collaboration with CAS Maputo and Point Sud Bamako. PDF Report

5th-9th September 2018 in Niamey (Niger),
Naming Places in Africa: Social, Political and Cultural Challenges
Conveners: Prof Eeva Sippola (University of Bremen), Prof Mahaman Tidjani Alou (University Abdou Moumouni, Niamey), Prof Frédéric Giraut (University of Geneva), Dr Lawali Dambo (University Abdou Moumouni, Niamey), Prof Henri Kokou Motcho (University Abdou Moumouni, Niamey). In collaboration with LASDEL Niamey and Point Sud Bamako. PDF Report

31st October-3rd November 2018 in Stellenbosch (South Africa),
Narratives of Achievement in African and Afroeuropean Contexts
Conveners: Dr Eva Ulrike Pirker (Düsseldorf University), Dr Mandisa Mbali (University of Cape Town), Dr Katja Hericks (University of Potsdam). In collaboration with STIAS Stellenbosch and Point Sud Bamako. PDF Report

23rd-27th November 2018 in Libreville (Gabon),
The Long-Term: Tracing Legacies of Violence in francophone Equatorial Africa
Conveners: Prof Andreas Mehler (ABI, University of Freiburg), Dr Lotje de Vries (Wageningen University), Dr Klaas van Walraven (African Studies Centre, Leiden University), Joseph Mangarella (Free University Amsterdam, University of Paris VIII, IR). In collaboration with University Omar Bongo Libreville and Point Sud Bamako. PDF Report

9th–12th Dezember 2018 in Dakar (Senegal),
Knowledge Production in and about Africa: Intersections of Moralities and Higher Education
Conveners: Dr Franz Kogelmann (University of Bayreuth), Dr Abdourahmane Seck (University Gaston Berger St. Louis), Prof Ruediger Seesemann (University of Bayreuth), Prof Eva Spies (University of Bayreuth). In collaboration with Serigne Djigal (University Cheikh Amadou Bamba), UCAD Dakar and Point Sud Bamako. PDF Report