PASRC Call for Abstracts: Policy Papers

July 9, 2021


The PASRC’s Policy Research subcommittee invites proposals for policy papers to be published in Mwendo: the Journal of the PASRC.

Scope: Typical areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Infrastructure financing in Africa
  • Poverty, gender inequality and political economy in Africa
  • Household saving, credit, and insurance.
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Energy issues
  • Environmental health
  • Natural and ecosystem services
  • Sustainable development in Africa
  • Institutional and government reform
  • Governance, legislation and policy for sustainability
  • Education reforms
  • Sustainable food and nutrition security
  • COVID response (or to similar shocks in general)

Aim: To review the scientific evidence in the area of expertise, in a format that is easily translatable by governments, and other decision makers into policy.

Format: The approximate length of the policy paper should be 5000 words. The paper should be accompanied by a policy brief of 500 to 1000 words.

Timeline: Abstracts will be accepted on a rolling basis. Authors will be expected to submit a first draft of their paper within three months of abstract acceptance. Following an anonymous review process, authors will be expected to complete the paper within a further three months.

Submission: Authors should in the first instance submit a summary or abstract of 150 to 200 words to the Policy Research subcommittee for review, by using this form. Before you begin, please make sure that you have:

  • Your paper abstract, not exceeding 200 words and in pdf format.
  • Up to five keywords that describe your paper.
  • A cover letter (optional).
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