Launch of Journal on Public Policy in Africa

First edition boasts 11 papers from across the continent

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Strategic communications for WWF

November 28th, 2013

It has been in the works for some time but now it is finally here – the first edition of the Journal of Public Policy in Africa (JOPPA). And it is well worth the wait.

Published by the – in partnership with the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) – the journal will provide an alternative space for Afro-centric perspectives on public policy issues.

It will offer scholars and practitioners from all sectors of society a platform to showcase success stories about public policy in Africa and to analyse the key public policy challenges faced by the continent today from different experiential and multi-disciplinary perspectives.

“The Public Policy Journal presents both an academic and experiential perspective in the themes and subjects it tackles with the ultimate aim of demystifying public policy and bridging the disconnect that exists between academics and practitioners,” said the Vice-Chancellor of Africa University, Professor Fanuel Tagwira.

The inaugural edition contains 11 papers covering issues and countries across the continent from the ‘Effects of global dynamics on national policy’ by Gideon Zhou, to the ‘Role of public policy in driving service delivery: A case study of South Africa’ by Hardson Kwandayi and Dovhani Thakhathi, and from ‘Children’s right to participation in The Gambia’ by Musukuta Badjie, to ‘Mineral resources management in Botswana’ by Emmanuel Kopang Botlhale.

There is also a fascinating piece about the Africa University’s own experience with public policy education in Africa and an enlightening paper about the protection of language rights in Zambia by Alex Kasonde and Lazaus Miti. All the abstracts can be downloaded below.

"OSISA’s support to this Journal represents a way of challenging the comfort zones that civil society, states and the knowledge community sometimes sinks into - as well as our desire to push for a vibrant, tolerant, dynamic and critical society in which knowledge production and debate about political, social and economic development is not solely confined to universities," said Deprose Muchena, OSISA's Deputy Director. "It is our view that universities have a continuing public intellectual role and must do everything to retain relevance in a fast changing world in which the public policy process and terrain - both on the demand and supply sides - are fast transforming, and crying out for the inclusion of civil society and private sector voices, affected communities’ experiences and new forms of inspirational leadership from the state."

JOPPA is overseen by an Editorial Advisory Board that is composed of distinguished scholars – such as the Chairperson, Professor Adebayo Olukoshi – who are drawn from across the continent, including Senegal, Mauritius, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The journal will only be available by subscription at an annual cost of just US$25 per person or US$50 per institution in Africa and US$65 and US$130 for individuals and institutions in the rest of the world.

To subscribe, please contact Munani Mtetwa on  or download the form below.


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