Groupe ODYSSEE is an action-oriented research organization in Mali, specialized in political, social and spatial issues and using action research methods. The group has a strong record on issues of governance, decentralization and (national and local) territorial control, while members of the group have also been involved in the efforts to find a political solution to the crisis in Mali. Groupe ODYSSEE contributes to the systematization of information on territorial dynamics in Mali (local, national, international) and involves its network where possible.
´Membership: researchers, development practitioners, policymakers, entrepreneurs
´Structure: Supervisory Board, Management team, Scientific committee, General assembly of members, Flexible staff with fixed-term contracts,
Activities: ´Policy research, ´Observation (‘Observatories’), ´Qualitative and quantitative analyses, ´Advice to Ministries, to Civil Society umbrella organizations, to donor agencies
Approach: ´Multi-stakeholder approach, with interests of local stakeholders at the centre
´Linking research findings with public policymaking process, ´
´contributing to debates and decisions on major development and territorial issues