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The Journal of African Political Economy & Development (JAPED) is one of the journals of the African Finance and Economics Consult (AFEC). JAPED is an inter-disciplinary journal, with a focus on Africa and its many entanglements. It is devoted to the study of contemporary African politics and its society. By contemporary Africa, we mean the imperialized Africa at the beginning of the 20th century. Defined broadly to include the comparative study of politics, current political history, political economy of development, democratization, social movements, institutions, and the African Diaspora. In particular, the journal aims to promote rigorous scholarship that asks difficult but historically relevant questions ‘on the post-colony.’ It aims to provide some alternative explanation for gaining a deeper understanding of a problematized Africa in all its facets. Topics to be covered include Africa’s many development trajectories, challenges of the nation-state, peasant economies, conflict, social, economic and cultural developments, democratic deepening, democratic consolidation, governance (local and corporate governance), political culture, natural resources, environmental governance, energy governance, ownership of resources and service delivery, among others. Furthermore, JAPED aims to encourage debate on theoretical viewpoints, especially on the experimentation of development blueprints that are of interest to the policy community and development experts.



All manuscripts shall be subject to an editorial pre-screening process to assess suitability for the journal. Subject to the pre-screening. Articles in this journal undergo a three tier rigorous peer review using independent expert referees. All peer review is double blind. Final responsibility for the selection and acceptance of articles rests with the Editors.

Submission of an article to this journal indicates formal acceptance by the author(s) of these peer review conditions and procedures.



Articles submitted to JAPED should be original contributions and not under consideration for any other publication at the same time.

All articles should be submitted, preferably in MS WORD format to the Editor-in-Chief: Dr. George Bob-Milliar or

Authors are responsible for ensuring that their contributions conform to the journal style.

Articles should be double-spaced and with ample margins. All pages should be numbered consecutively.

The limit for articles is 8,000 words, including notes and references.

An abstract of up to 200 words should be added during the submission process, along with a minimum of five and a maximum of ten keywords.


JAPED adheres to the Harvard reference style of in-text citation. 

The basic format is (Author date: page numbers): (Alagidede 1995; Chabal et al. 1997: 53)

(see Mamdani 1996: 70) (Daily Graphic 10.4.1997).

COPY RIGHT: Submission of a paper to the Journal of African Political Economy and Development (JAPED) will be taken to imply that it is original unpublished work, not under consideration elsewhere. A copyright assignment form will be sent to the authors of accepted papers. This publishing agreement should be completed and returned to the editorial office. It is a condition of publication that authors assign copyright or license the publication rights in their articles, including abstracts, to the African Finance and Economics Consult (AFEC). This enables us to ensure full copyright protection and to disseminate the article, and of course the Journal, to the widest possible readership in print and electronic formats as appropriate. Authors may, of course, use the article elsewhere after publication without prior permission from AFEC, provided that acknowledgement is given to the Journal as original source of publication. Authors are themselves responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyright material from other sources.

Number of Issues: two issues per year, June and December.