The French Institute for Research in Africa is
a regional research institute working in Eastern Africa, under the
auspices of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It offers a
research platform run by a team of about ten persons, whose role is to
support work and exchange of information in social sciences and
humanities. IFRA therefore contributes in promoting various scientific
and scholarly works in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda) by
favoring a multi-disciplinary approach.
The institute works in partnership with different European and African
research institutes and universities. In Nairobi, it collaborates more
specifically with the Research Institute for Development (IRD) by
hosting two researchers working on a common research program, as well
as with the British Institute in Eastern Africa.
Currently IFRA coordinates several research programs on the following themes:
building identities and culture in Eastern Africa
environment and management of natural resources
youth, education, identity and formation of elites
politics, democratic processes and civil society
IFRA also aims at supporting social sciences
training, giving access to documentary resources as well as organizing
The website provides the
institute publications which are available to download, in addition to
details about partners and library. Website is available in both English and French version.