AfriFuture Research and Development Trust
*Call for Articles – The AfriFuture Research Bulletin, Vol 1, Issue 2/2021*
The AfriFuture Research and Development Trust (AfriFuture) is committed to undertaking and disseminating cutting-edge, rigorous and transformational social science research. It is particularly interested in research that focus on the socioeconomic and political situation of communities in the global south and providing solutions to the associated problems. In line with this commitment, AfriFuture provides a platform for emerging and established scholars, policy makers, activists and other key stakeholders to freely express and publicise their opinions and experiences individually or collectively.
The AfriFuture Research Bulletin (ISSN: 2788-8924; ISSN-L: 2710-0421) published quarterly, is a new and exciting journal where contributions that engage and interrogate the contemporary social, economic, and political questions in the global south are invited. Accordingly, the Bulletin is a channel for disseminating nuanced, authoritative, and up-to-date research, along with laying a foundation for future research. Contributors are particularly encouraged to submit articles that focus on contemporary issues and challenges faced by societies and proposals to deal with them.
We are currently accepting articles for the AfriFuture Research Bulletin, Vol 1, Issue 2/2021
Deadline for article submission: 15 August 2021
*Manuscript Structure and Word Count*
Please, consider the following when preparing your manuscript:
Affiliation: author’s and co-author’s name(s) and email address; institution (s); city and country
Abstract (100-150 words)
Main text (key and sub-headings to be chosen by the author/s)
The manuscripts should be between 5000-6000 words inclusive of tables, figures and references (articles that do not confirm to the word count will be returned to author/s).
In-text and list of references should follow the Harvard style.
*The Review Process*
All manuscripts submitted to the Bulletin will undergo a double-blind peer review process. Authors will receive critical and constructive feedback as part of capacity building. Feedback will be availed within 30 days after submitting manuscripts (subject to timeous reviews by our partners). Other processes and timelines will be communicated to successful contributors.
*Enquiries and Clarification*
*AfriFuture Research Bulletin*
What is the nexus between politics, security and international relations in the global south and what are the contemporary challenges facing citizens in this region? These are issues which Nothando Petra Magwizi explores in our upcoming and exciting issue of the AfriFuture Research Bulletin. She opines that when we look at the countries in the global south, they have faced persistent challenges of natural disasters, pandemics, weak health systems and gender-based violence. This is in addition to economic, cultural and religious challenges which are also quite evident. Capitalist, imperial, colonial and neo-colonial domination have in different ways contributed to these challenges. Nothando argues that lessons learnt, and experience gained in the past few years should be harnessed to develop solutions which are important for socio-economic and human capacity development as well as citizen wellbeing in the global south. For Nothando, the conversation needs to be opened up and solutions sought to improve the lives of citizens.
*AfriFuture Research Bulletin*
What has been the role and contribution of women to economic sustainability and what have been the state responses in this context? This is a question which Emmanuel Osewe Akubor and Beatrice Amili Akubor interrogate in their article published in this Bulletin. They employ a narrative historical approach to critically explore the experience of women in the oil rich but environmentally degraded Niger Delta. They show that environmental degradation in the Delta has for decades posed serious livelihood concerns for women given their central social reproduction roles in the household and community. The implications of environmental degradation are shown as being worse for women compared to men, who have shown an indifferent attitude to its implications. Akubor and Akubor argue that women have for decades been at the helm of the struggle against environmental degradation, resource exploitation and low yields in the agricultural sector. Despite this there has been lacking a critical and nuanced analysis on the challenges which they face, and it is this gap in knowledge which their article interrogates.