The Africa Governance Papers is an online, peer-reviewed academic journal published at least once a year during the fourth quarter of the year. When we receive enough submissions, a second issue will be published during the second quarter of the year. Since the journal is published by a public-facing organisation, this publishing schedule allows for integrating journal issues with relevant workshops or conferences in the future.

Good Governance Africa exists to improve governance performance across the continent. All the evidence shows that improved governance results in better economic, social and environmental performance, which leads to greater wellbeing for all citizens. To that end, we seek to inform and persuade policy communities around the continent that transparency and accountability are the basic building blocks of successful development.

Governance studies are inherently multi- or interdiscipinary

We define governance broadly as the process by which the authoritative allocation of public resources occurs.

Research into governance therefore includes many disciplines, among them economics, political studies, political philosophy, sociology and social psychology. Governance studies, then, is an inherently multi- or interdisciplinary area of research. Contributions from any discipline that can claim a useful involvement in the broader area of governance are welcomed.

Structure of TAGP content

Each issue of TAGP aims to include articles under the following headings and according to the indicated word counts:

  • Four original research pieces (from four different disciplines – including but not limited to International Relations, Policy Studies, Economics and Political Economy (no longer than 6,000 words).
  • One review piece that synthesises the latest research in a particular field and articulates why it is critical that policymakers be aware of the research (no longer than 10,000 words).
  • Two book reviews (1,200 words each).
  • One review essay comparing two books (3,500 words).
  • Commentary reflecting on the most pertinent news stories across the continent and that makes sense of them in terms of understanding governance trends and suggesting avenues for future research (3,000 words).