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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. Continue Reading →


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. Continue Reading →

Current Research

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

Past Research

  1. Decentralisation and governance in Africa: Comparative study on the appropriation concerning the rural communal reform in Mali and Burkina Faso. Dr. Moussa Sissoko (Geography), 2007.
  2. Migration and social conflicts in the South of Mali. Bakary Camara (Law), 2007-2009.
  3. Appropriation of fiscal instruments through the elaboration of the communal budget: The case of Kalabancoro (district of Kati). Moussa Djiré, Amadou Kéïta, Dembélé Rokia Traoré (Droit, Anthropologie), 2006-2007.
  4. Appropriation of the fiscal system: the case of Kalabancoro (district of Kati). Moussa Djiré, Amadou Kéïta, Dembélé Rokia Traoré (Law, Anthropology), 2006-2007.
  5. Participation of citizens and land use in the rural commune of Bancoumana (district of Kati). Bréhima Kassibo, Bouréïma Touré (Anthropology), 2006- 2007.
  6. From customary to legal legitimacy through the appropriation of decentralisation in the rural commune of Nyansanari (cercle de Djenné). Bréhima Kassibo, Soumaïla Oulalé (Anthropology), 2006- 2007.
  7. Conflicts over the control of resources (water and land) and power in the context of migration in the communes of Loulouni and Zégoua. Almamy Sylla (Anthropology), 2006-2008.
  8. Grassroots-Diplomacy. Evariste Camara (Anthopology), 2006-2008.
  9. Evaluation of environmental changes due to human action through the application of teledetection and the geographic information system. Dr. Moussa Sissoko (Geography), 2004-2007.
  10. The State and the process of decentralization in the Office of Niger: The dynamics of land use in Kala. Souleymane Traoré (Anthropology), 2003-2004.
  11. The Management and Access to Natural Resources in the Interior of the Niger-Delta: The Pastoral Land Use and the “burgutières” in the Urube Duude. Adama Diawara (Anthropology), 2003-2004.
  12. Pastoralism and migration between the Niger-Delta and the Office of Niger. Bouréma Touré (Anthropology), 2003-2004.
  13. Fishing in the irrigation networks of the Office of Niger: The formation of camps by fishermen in the context of multiple activities. Bouréma Kansaye (Anthropology), 2001-2003.
  14. Dynamics of appropriation of agricultural techniques in the Office of Niger. Birama Diakon (Anthropology), 2001-2006. Doctoral thesis, defended in 2006 at the University of Bayreuth (Germany).
  15. Agronomy and social sciences: farmers’ strategies of seed selection. Soriba Diakité (Agronomy), 2001-2003.
  16. A social memory of development. Prof. Dr. Mamadou Diawara (Anthropology), 2000-2005.
  17. Nutrition and malnutrition as seen from the village: Study of the nutritional situation of children from birth through infancy in 3 villages of the Cinzana commune. Aly Barry (Nutrition), 2000-2001. Doctoral thesis, defended in 2001 at the University of Mali.
  18. Analysis of health care systems in the Office of Niger: Improving maternal and infant health in Manialé with traditional medicine. Jana Armelle Ndjock Tecky (Medicine), 1999-2001. Doctoral thesis, defended in 2001 at the University of Mali.
  19. Farming migration and transfer of knowledge from the Dogon country to the Office of Niger. Isaie Dougnon (Anthropology), 1998-2003. Academic level: Doctoral thesis, defended in 2003 at the University of Bayreuth (Germany).
  20. Local and universal farming knowledge about destructive rodents in the region of the Office of Niger. Wamian Diarra (Agronomy, Rodentology), 1998-2003. Doctoral thesis, defended in 2003 at the University of Aix en Provence (France).
  21. Farming knowledge and photoperiodism of sorghum in the Office of Niger. Mamoutou Kouressy (Agronomy, Genetics), 1998-2000.
  22. The Office of Niger confronting the knowledge of farmers. Mohamed Daouda Diallo (Agronomy), 1998-1999.
  23. The press (print.) in Mali. Bakary Doumbia (Communication). Doctoral thesis, defended in 2017 at the University of Mali.
  24. The impact of mobile phones on the fixed phone booths of the telephone company in Bamako. Issa Fofana (Geography).
  25. The impact of the urban area development in Bamako on the rural area of the decentralised administrative unit of Baguinéda in the district of Kati. Fatoumata Camara (Geography). Doctoral thesis, defended in 2017 at the University of Mali.
  26. Exploitation of construction materials: urbanization in Bamako and environmental problems in the commune of Kalabancoro. Evariste Fousséni Camara (Anthropology).
  27. The contribution of CSCOM to the access to urban health care: The case of CSCOM in Niamakoro and Niaréla. Mamadou Diarra (Geography).
  28. Woman, public space and society: The problem of female leadership in West Africa. Comparative study in Mali and Burkina Faso. Youssouf Kouyaté (Anthropology), Hamara Kéïta (Anthropology), Boubacar Camara (Anthropology), Néné Gallé Sylla (Anthropology), Mrs. Diallo Aminata Koné (History).
  29. The socioeconomic reintegration of Malian homecomers from Ivory Coast. Bakary Fouraba Traoré (Sociology), M’Baye Bathé (Law).


“Point Sud – Strengthening Local Knowledge” analyzes the interactions between local knowledge and practices, and global or national projects of modernization and state construction. Continue Reading →