The Africa Governance Papers (TAGP) is an independent, interdisciplinary peer-review research journal published by Good Governance Africa (GGA).

TAGP is a online, peer-reviewed, academic journal with three main aims:

(1) to provide a unique publishing platform for African researchers on issues relating to governance in Africa, and particularly to foster an African-based approach to research;

(2) to equip policymakers with evidence-based research on governance-related issues that enables them to build capable state structures and to enable meaningful citizen participation in governance; and

(3) to support and reflect GGA’s role as a research organisation.


TAGP is now hosted by Ebsco, the worldwide database that is home thousands of the world’s best research journals. This means that the journal is now widely available for consultation at many of the world’s leading universities and research institutions. Through TAGP’s affiliation with Ebsco, authors publishing with us get maximum exposure to a global audience of researchers in their fields.

Vol. 1 No. 1 (2021): Dimensions of freedom and governance: past, present, future

Welcome to the first issue of The Africa Governance Papers, an academic, peer-review research journal published by Good Governance Africa. The theme of this first issue is “Dimensions of freedom and self-governance: Past, present, future”. This is intended to allow the inclusion of articles reflecting on broadly philosophical issues that relate to governance. The issue includes contributions on decolonialising borders in Africa; on the threated loss of community and social capital in Chilonga in Zimbabwe due to the predations of elites; on the need for ethical governance of the South African state’s intelligence structures; on the arguments involved in articulating the new institutionalism in the African context; on the transitional politics in Angola and their implications for the future; and on erstwhile dictator Robert Mugabe’s character and will to power.



Published: 02.12.2021

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Important note for all contributors: submissions format

Please note that TAGP uses the American Psychological Association (APA) 7th edition referencing style.

Details of the APA 7th edition referencing style can be found at the APA site.

In outline, APA 7th edition uses footnotes within the page, and only for additional information relevant to the text. References are included in a References section at the end of the article, which includes only those items referred to in the text.