Institute of Peace, Leadership & Governance



A major challenge in Africa is the poor understanding of governance and policy-making process – the how aspect of policymaking. In addition, there is tension between technocrats, non-state actors and others in the roles they play in influencing public policy. As south-to-south cooperation becomes more prominent it is imperative to consider the preparedness of Africa for this development. What does Africa want in terms of these initiatives? If this is not articulated, Africa may find itself disadvantaged once again in the global configurations of power.

Africa University’s Institute of Peace, Leadership and Governance (IPLG) in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) have launched a new public policy journal titled Journal of Public Policy in Africa (JOPPA). We envisage a truly African journal by African scholars and practitioners in the field of public policy.

JOPPA will provide an alternative space for Africans who want to challenge the success of neo-liberalism and craft material that can be used by the people as a resource to enhance the public-policy capacity (empowerment) of state and non-state actors; and to contribute to the projects of democracy and development. It also provides an opportunity for showcasing success stories of public policy in Africa.

JOPPA is published bi-annually, in June and November.

Articles on public policy issues are being invited for the November 2014 issue of JOPPA. Deadline for submission of articles is 31 July 2014.

Articles should be original contributions, not previously published and should not be under consideration to publish elsewhere. 
Articles should be between 5 000 and 7 000 words, set at 12 point font, with 1 ½ lines spacing.

An abstract of 200–250 words is required.

Referencing style
Please follow the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style that the JOPPA has adopted, in which:

  • in–text citations should state author, date and sometimes page number
  • the reference list, entered alphabetically, must include all the works cited in your paper.

Spelling preference
British spelling is preferred; and should conform to the most recent edition of the Concise Oxford  English Dictionary. However, should you use American spelling, be consistent; do not switch back and forth between the two.

Footnotes should be avoided and their content must be incorporated into the text. If notes are unavoidable, they must be brief and to the point. Make them endnotes, not footnotes. 

Manuscript submission
Articles submitted to the JOPPA will be reviewed using the double ‘blind’ peer-review system. To protect the author’s identity, do not include the author’s name in the main text or as running heads and footers.

A separate cover page is required for the title and personal details of the author which should include full name, email address, academic status and institutional affiliation.
You should also include a short biography of no more than 50 words. For multiple authors, one should be identified as the corresponding author.

For further information email the Managing Editor on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.