IFRA promotes research in all the disciplines in the humanities and social sciences within East Africa. It has a strong tradition of research in geography, political science, anthropology and history. It opened up to archaeology recently. IFRA’s main missions are: -To increase understanding of contemporary dynamics in Eastern Africa and foster knowledge dissemination. Research undertaken leads to the publication of books, journals, reports and to the organization of conferences; -To provide training in research to French, East African and European students by financing and/or supporting their fieldwork, helping networking between French and East African researchers and institutions, fostering integration within ongoing research projects, and giving access to publications and presentations in conferences; -To strengthen institutional relationship between French and East African universities and research centres by supporting joint operations, agreements of international cooperation, inter-academic exchanges and mobilities at the PhD and Master levels.