The French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA)

The French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA) in Nairobi is one among 27 French foreign research institutes around the world (4 of which are in Africa) financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Centre National de la recherche scientifique (CNRS).

Its mission is to encourage research and academic cooperation in human and social sciences.Its research programs concern three main themes of research : the political life (election, democratization, public policies) ; culture and society (ethnicity, religion, social classes, language) ; cultural and natural heritage.

Founded in 1977, IFRA is located in the building of the British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA).

IFRA is increasing its visibility as a French centre for academic research and cooperation in human and social sciences. It partners with the two French research centres based in Kenya, CIRAD and IRD, as well as with Eastern African universities and research institutions. The results of research conducted IFRA’s PhD students and researchers are published in its journal, Les Cahiers d’Afrique de l’Est, its working paper Mambo, as well as in international academic journals and edited volumes.

IFRA’s library provides access to more than 15,000 books and 60,000 periodicals, more than 200 thesis, and press reviews which can be accessed in a 150m2 library.

Contacts in Nairobi : Marie-Aude FOUERE (Director)

Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa

Tel : (020) 708 237 268

E-mail :


Dernière modification : 06/01/2020

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