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African Renaissance
Published Since: 2004. AR is one of the longest surviving social science journals published by Africans.It is currently indexed by SCOPUS, SABINET, EBSCO, ProQuest, IBSS and J-Gate. SCImago 2019 Ranking: Citescore 0.1; SJR 0.141; SNIP 0.099; Percentile 8th; H-Index: 1
Publication Frequency: Quarterly (Four times a year) (ISSN 1744-2532 E- ISSN 2516-5305)

From the Editor   Leadership in Africa: Trends, Triumphs and Challenges   Guest Editor: Gerrie Swart (Gerrie Swart, a lecturer  in the Department of Political Sciences at the University of South Africa, (UNISA) is the Guest Editor of this volume. Gerrie, who has been a frequent contributor to the journal in the last year and half, solicited and ensured a timely delivery of all the articles in the lead theme in this edition. We are deeply grateful to him.)     In Volume 4, numbers 3&4 of the journal, we discussed the major challenges to the democracy project in Africa, using South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia as case studies. We posed some key questions: Are the current efforts at instituting liberal democracy and its ethos in Africa sustainable? What are the challenges facing the democracy project in Africa? How are they being negotiated? And what are the implications of all these for the fate of the democracy pr............

In Volume 4 No 2 2007 edition of the journal, we focused on the Democratic Republic of Congo, often referred to as the DRC, and formerly known variously as the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, The Congo, Congo/Leopoldville, Congo/Kinshasa and Zaire. The DRC is a country rent by ethnic strife and civil war since 1994, culminating in the First Congo War that toppled Mobutu in 1997. We noted that since 1998, the country has suffered greatly from the impacts of the devastating Second Congo War (sometimes referred to as the African World War), and believed to be the world's deadliest conflict since World War II. Contributors to the issue discussed these conflicts, efforts at mediation, and current talks of post conflict reconstructions.   In this issue we discuss the major challenges to the democracy project in Africa, using South Africa, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Somalia as case studies. We pose a central question: Are the current efforts at institut............

In the last issue of the journal (Volume 4, No1, 1st Quarter 2007), we focused  on the Horn of Africa. We looked at the region, the problems of conflicts, dictatorships, wars, weapon proliferation, identity, and development trajectory. We asked some key questions: What political agendas, if any, do the competing historical narratives of ethnic identities serve in the region? How has the Cold War era super power rivalry affected the political configuration in the region? And how have all these affected the form of development thoughts, and development forms in the region?   In this issue, we focus on the Democratic Republic of Congo, often referred to as the DRC, and formerly known variously as the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, The Congo, Congo/Leopoldville, Congo/Kinshasa and Zaire.  The DRC is a country rent by ethnic strife and civil war since 1994, culminating in the First Congo War that toppled Mobutu in 1997. Since 1998, the country has suffered greatl............

From the Editor/Publisher   Jideofor Adibe     In the November/December 2006 issue of the journal, we focused on African culture and philosophy and their possible relationship with the current crises of governance and development in the continent.  We posed a number of crucial questions: Are the current crises of governance and development in the continent facilitated by African culture and philosophy of life? Or are they the result of lack of, or insufficient incorporation of these into the models of development and governance imported into the continent from outside? Are these largely imported models of governance and development culturally and philosophically neutral? In this edition, we focus on the Horn of Africa- (also known as Northeast Africa or the Somali Peninsula)) - a peninsula of East Africa that juts for hundreds of kilometers into the Arabian Sea, and comprising  Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti. While the lead theme is on the Horn o............

From the Publisher Jideofor Adibe In the September/October 2006 issue of the journal, we focused on Somalia, a failed state, and posed number fundamental questions: why did Somalia fail as a state Should the failed state be reconstituted as one nation or should different nations be allowed to emerge from the ashes of the collapsed state What are the challenges facing the state reconstitution efforts And what are the implications of all these for the current democracy and development projects in Africa In this issue we focus on African culture/philosophy and its possible relationship with the current crises of governance and development in the continent. While we are aware of the limitations of a unicausal mode of analysis, we nonetheless feel that the issue of African culture/ philosophy has not been given adequate attention in the analyses of the current crises in which the continent is enmeshed. Our interest is to find answers to some crucial questions: Are the current crise............

From the Editor/Publisher Jideofor Adibe, PhD We devoted the July/August 2006 issue of the journal exclusively to exploring the challenges and opportunities of healthcare delivery in Africa. The contributions raised significant questions on all aspects of healthcare delivery in Africa, and in many instances provided stimulating answers and recommendations for policymakers and healthcare practitioners in the continent to build on. In this edition, we return to our usual format of having a lead theme and a number of unrelated articles. In the lead theme, we focus on Somalia, a failed state, posing a number of fundamental questions: why did Somalia fail as a state Should the failed state be reconstituted as one nation or should different nations be allowed to emerge from the ashes of the collapsed state What are the challenges facing the state reconstitution efforts And what are the implications of all these for the current democracy and development projects in Africa Abdinur S. Moham............

From the Editor/Publisher Jideofor Adibe, PhD In the May/June 2006 issue of the journal, we focused on the tensions in Africas Borderlands (Sudan, Mauritania, Chad and Mali) and posed a number of fundamental questions: What is the nature of the relations between peoples of Arab and African ancestries in Africa Are the constant tensions in the Borderlands fundamentally a manifestation of conflicts between pan-Africanism and Pan-Arabism Can peoples of African and Arab ancestries ever co-habit peacefully in one country In this issue we deviate from our usual practice of having a lead theme, and a number of unrelated articles and reviews, and exclusively explore the challenges and opportunities of health care delivery in Africa. Dr Chinua Akukwe, a leading authority on public health, HIV/AIDS, and development issues in Africa, is the guest editor for this special issue. He very ably solicited, edited and arranged the articles in this special edition. We are grateful for the enormous amo............

In the March/April 2006 edition of the journal, we looked at Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe, and noted that though he was for long regarded as one of Africas greatest reconcilers, his regime has become increasingly isolated, especially in the West. We also noted that many Africans and African governments, while not exactly supporting some of his policies, at the same time do not appear to share the enthusiasm with which his regime is condemned in the West. We posed a number of fundamental questions designed to crystallise out the real truth in the different narratives about Mugabes Zimbabwe: Is Mugabe really a hero who is merely being vilified for embarking on policies that humiliate the West or harm its interests  as some Africans believe  or merely an opportunist who resorted to rightwing politics to hang on to power, as his predominantly Western critics argue What are the real issues in the Zimbabwean imbroglio Put simply, is Robert Mugabe a villain or is he being unjustly vilifi............

From the Editor/Publisher Jideofor Adibe, PhD Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe: Villain or Unjustly Vilified In the January/February 2006 edition of the journal, we looked at the impact of Africas multiple allegiances on Pan-Africanism, African identity, development trajectories, and unity projects. Basically we sought answers to a number of critical questions, including why multiple allegiances and how are these expressed In this edition, we look at Zimbabwes Robert Mugabe (or Mugabe as a personification of Zimbabwe). Though Mugabe who led Zimbabwe to independence in 1980 after a bitter war of independence was for long regarded as Africas greatest reconciler, forgiving the white supremacists that had harshly maltreated him and others during the anti-colonial struggle, his regime is increasingly criticised and isolated, especially in the West. Condoleezza Rice, the United States Secretary of State for instance described his government as one of the outposts of tyranny while President Bush,............

From the Editor/Publisher Jideofor Adibe, PhD. Africas Multiple Allegiances In the November/December 2005 edition of the journal, we focused on post-Apartheid South Africa, which has a dominant position in Africas political economy. We examined the countrys Africa policies, including its trade policies, and posed a number of vital questions: What is the character of South Africas relations with the rest of the continent Who benefits from its apparently increasing engagement with the rest of the continent Put simply, is South Africa the new big brother or the new imperial power in Africa In this issue we look at the impact of Africas multiple allegiances on Pan-Africanism, African identity, development trajectories, and unity projects. Basically contributors to the lead theme have sought to answer the following crucial questions: why multiple allegiances and how are these expressed Do they augment or undermine Africas pan-African unity projects What are the impacts of the expression............


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