Samir Amin, Third World Champion and intellectual, dies

On Sunday, 12 August 2018, shortly after 4pm (local) Professor Samir Amin, African scholar and Marxist dies in hospital in Paris, where he had been flown for emergency treatment at the end of July. He was 87. All his life Amin was a Marxist, and also a pragmatist. He played a central role in advisory sessions over the prior two decades with the likes of Castro, Chavez and the world’s most respected grassroots activists.

The list of institutions that Samir Amin built and /or led is very long: CODESRIA, ENDA, Third World Forum, the World Forum for Alternatives, the UN Institute for Development Planning (IDEP). The number of movements, in all continents, that he inspired is much longer. Just two weeks ago in Dakar, he spoke at the launch of the Alternative Report on Africa, the conceptualisation and production of which he actively participated in.

He was a great scholar who taught in several universities of Europe and Africa, authoring more than 60 books and a countless number of journal and newspaper articles in English, French, Arabic and several other languages. Many of his books are classics of development studies and social science literature: Accumulation on a World Scale; Unequal Development; De-linking; Eurocentrism; The Empire of Chaos; Ending the Crisis of Capitalism or Ending Capitalism? Global History. A View from the South…

He lived and worked in many places, but made Dakar his base for the last 40 years. This is where CODESRIA, ENDA, Third World Forum, the World Forum for Alternatives and IDEP also have their headquarters. Samir convened and hosted the founding conference at which CODESRIA, as we know it today, was set-up in February 1973. He was then the Director of IDEP, a UNECA affiliate institute based in Dakar. He became the first executive secretary of CODESRIA, a function he held for three years while simultaneously leading IDEP.

His death is a great loss for Africa, and progressive forces worldwide

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