CODESRIA (Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa) stimulates independent, non-governmental scientific research in Africa. In a region where the programmes and goals of scientific research are often imposed by government, CODESRIA adopts an important stance. The Fund hails such autonomy, and also the dedication of the scientists who have opted for CODESRIA, often turning down more opulent prospects in other countries. CODESRIA publishes extensively in the field of social studies, and has recently implemented a cultural programme that subjects various discipline to analytical scrutiny. CODESRIA is to be praised for its alert course of action and excellent research programme. It is with great pleasure that the Prince Claus Fund presents this award to the historian Achille Mbembe.