The Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) is a non-governmental and non-profit research network that was founded in 1980 in the town of Nazareth, Ethiopia, by a group of social scientists from Eastern Africa. Its constituency is based on membership drawn from social scientists and institutions engaged in teaching and/or research in the social sciences in Eastern and Southern Africa. Currently, there are 21 member countries in the region where OSSREA has National Chapters and Liaison Offices. However, its constitution opens membership to social scientists in the following countries of Eastern and Southern Africa: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Comoros Islands, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Institutional membership is open to all institutions, within or outside the region, engaged in the promotion of research in the social sciences in Africa. OSSREA’s head office is located in the Main Campus of Addis Ababa University, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The major objectives of OSSREA are the following:

  1. To encourage and promote interest in the study of and research in the social sciences in Eastern and Southern Africa;
  2. To promote collaborative research and facilities for scholarly exchange of ideas and publications between individuals and institutions engaged in the study of and research in the social sciences;
  3. To promote the training of African scholars in the study of and research in the social science and encourage the establishment of institutions dedicated to this goal;
  4. To work in close cooperation with other individuals and institutions in Africa and elsewhere in the world engaged in the study of the social sciences;
  5. To establish a special fund to be used for purposes of providing such research grants and training fellowships as are consistent with its objectives; and
  6. To promote dialogue and interaction between social scientists and policy-makers in Eastern and Southern Africa with a view to enhancing the impact of social science research on policy-making and development planning.

Major Activities:

  1. Running Annual Research Grant Competitions
  2. Sponsoring/Conducting Thematic Workshops, Conferences, & Congresses
  3. Building Capacity and Supporting Research Activities
  4. Designing, Implementing and/or Monitoring Research Projects
  5. Networking Activities
  6. Publishing Research Outputs