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