The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Dakar-based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) have entered into a collaboration agreement, which will foster their objectives to transform into more rigorous and responsive centers of excellence in support of Africa’s transformative agenda. The agreement will see the two institutions strengthen their respective research capabilities, build new links and better position themselves to articulate the alignment between researchers fostering African priorities through national, regional and continental focus areas. The collaboration will also extend interdisciplinary research and promote regional and continental engagement in order to support the transformation agenda spearheaded by ECA in industrialization and CODESRIA in knowledge. It will also help to bridge the research-policy gap to better inform the academic research on pressing policy issues and to bring academic research more to the attention of policy makers and governments. ECA is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations with the mandate to promote the economic and social development of its member states, foster intra-regional integration, and promote international cooperation for Africa’s development. As part of this mandate, ECA works with governments, civil society organizations, other UN agencies, academic institutions, media entities and other partners world-wide to promote Africa’s economic and social development in line with agreed developmental goals including addressing key social, economic and cultural priorities relating to Africa’s development planning agenda. CODESRIA is a research institution whose aim is to promote, facilitate and disseminate social science research in Africa and to create a community in which this can take place through cooperation and collaboration with African and non-African institutions and international organizations such as the United Nations, and through publication of these research results in journals, books, monographs and online publications.