CFP: Yiaga Africa’s Democracy Brief on Youth and Election 2020

Deadline for submission of manuscripts is 7 March 2020.

Yiaga Africa Initiative invites researchers, academics, civil society actors to submit original unpublished articles or papers for publication on democratic trends, youth and elections in Africa as a contribution to the discourse on the future of democratic elections in Africa.

The conduct of elections in Africa is gradually adopting a visible role in defining the trajectory and state of democracy in Africa. With more countries accepting elections as the legitimate process of transition of political power, stakeholders have raised questions on the quality of these periodic elections and, its intersection with the institutionalization of democratic principles. Also, the growing youth population and the increasing role of young people in shaping Africa’s democracy begs for deeper introspection.

The open-source Democracy brief on Youth and Elections in Africa is published to inspire a culture of research and scholarship amongst young Africans. It is a modest contribution to the body of knowledge on youth and elections and an attempt to amplify the voices, views and contributions of young Africans on issues of democracy and electoral integrity in Africa.  This edition of Democracy brief is focused on Youth and the Future of Democratic Elections in Africa, with a connecting theme of political inclusion, democratic development and peace in Africa. Case studies should focus on recent elections in Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Liberia, Congo and South Africa.

Interested contributors are invited to submit manuscripts in the following sub-themes;

  1. Youth, Political Rights and Political Participation
  2. Young women and Political Participation in Africa
  3. Youth, Elections and Technology in Africa
  4. Youth and cost of politics
  5. Youth and party politics
  6. Youth and election management in Africa
  7. Leadership transition in Africa
  8. Elections and Electoral Violence in Africa
  9. Electoral integrity


  • All submissions must be original, unpublished and relevant to the sub-themes
  • All submissions will be subjected to a review and selection process.
  • Manuscripts must be typed, double- spacing with a minimum of 4000 words and maximum of 5000 words with references.
  • References must be in numbered endnotes.
  • Full-length papers must include abstract of no more than 200 words and a brief biography of no more than 100 words.
  • All submissions should be sent electronically to as email attachment formatted in Microsoft Word.
  • All papers must be submitted in English.
  •  Research papers or articles submitted by young women and young researchers of African descent will be given priority consideration.

All questions should be forwarded to:

Efemena Ozugha ( )

Program Officer (Governance & Development)

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