Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa

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The Committee for Academic Freedom in Africa (CAFA) was an organisation set up in light of the struggles in the universities consequent to the implementation of the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP).

The organisation was founded by Silvia Federici and George Caffentzis in the 1980s.[1] They took on the role of coordinators and produced their first newsletter in spring 1991. and were later joined by Ousseina Alidou, Alamin Mazrui, Andrew Nash and Nigel Gibson.

CAFA was involved in the publication of A Thousand Flowers which chronicles this struggle through the 1980s and 1990s.[2]


Alongside Caffentzis and Frederici, an initial list of sponsors was published in issue 2 of the newsletter, with additional sponsors added later:

From fall 1992:

From spring 1993:

From fall 1993

From spring 1994:

From spring 1996:

From spring 1997:

From fall 1997:


  1. ^ "Silvia Federici in PMB!". Church Land Programme. Retrieved 1 December 2013.
  2. ^ Khan, Fazel. "A Thousand Flowers: Review". Pambazuka News. Retrieved 1 December 2013.