Nouveau Programme de Troisième Cycle Interuniversitaire : Phase 2

Social sciences in sub-Saharan Africa are severely underresourced. But an infusion of graduates at the master's and PhD levels in 18 francophone countries in West and Central Africa will increase the region's contribution to global social sciences, especially economics.

According to UNESCO's 2010 World Social Science Report, sub-Saharan Africa has fallen dramatically behind in its share of world science production. Three-quarters of the region's academic publications come from South African, Nigerian, and Kenyan social scientists. State funding for social science research is the exception rather than the rule. The fact that sustained and vibrant social sciences research exists in countries that, for the most part, have little government support, poor institutional facilities, and many other challenges says a great deal about the resilience and resolve of the scholars involved.

The Programme de Troisième Cycle Interuniversitaire was set up in 1994 by a network of francophone African departments of economics and research centres in Burkina Faso. It began by supporting economics departments in 18 countries of francophone Africa to deliver quality graduate training, first at the master's level, and since 2007, at the PhD level. Reviews confirm that the program has helped to enhance the capacity of researchers to influence policy-making.

IDRC will fund the program's next phase, which seeks to reinforce a focus on policy on such issues as public finance labour economics, agriculture, population, and public sector management. The new phase plans to train 360 master's and 60 PhD students. Most are expected to stay in the region and contribute to improved policy analysis and design. At least 25% of the students will be female, and the program will introduce new courses on gender economics.

Project ID


Project status


Start Date

Friday, March 23, 2012

End Date

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


48 months

IDRC Officer

Mbiekop Ouahouo, Flaubert

Total funding

CA$ 2,040,000


North of Sahara, South of Sahara, Burkina Faso


Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Professeur Rufin-Willy Mantsié


Conférence des institutions d'enseignement et de recherche économiques et de gestion en Afrique

Institution Country

Burkina Faso

Institution Website