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GLAFAD International Journal on Debt and Governance (GIJODAG)

Background

The Journal is an International Journal with a focus on debt and governance, conflict resolution, decentralisation and socio-economic development. The overall thrust of this focus is to establish the link between knowledge generation and application in a bid to increase policy responsiveness for development and empowerment of local communities. GLAFAD’s objectives therefore require using knowledge management with a view to:

  • Conduct research and disseminate information to close the gap between policy, planning, and practice on different level of implementation;
  • Facilitate empowerment and development of targeted communities and groups;
  • Share good practices, case studies, models and methods, using continental, regional, national and local platforms; and
  • Actively engage communities and groups in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating of poverty alleviation strategies and development programmes; and
  • Remove barriers to the full and equal participation of women who face multiple barriers to development.

At the Global level, there are powerful theoretical grounds to substantiate that there is an intrinsic linkage between debt and governance, reduction in conflict and sustainable socio-economic growth and development. Significant debate has taken place at global level as well as within key regional and national policy-making fora surrounding the issue of Good Governance, conflict resolution, decentralisation and socio-economic development. In addition, there is abundant empirical evidence to show that many of the developed nations established the necessary conditions and conducive environments that allowed the smooth move towards democratisation, peace and stability, devolvement of power, and ultimately leading to economic growth and development.

In Africa, the late 1990s witnessed a growing realization across several states that debt and governance, peace, stability, and decentralisation are prerequisites for equitable, inclusive and sustainable socio- economic development. This has been manifested in various United Nation’s declarations on Good Governance, Conflict resolution and decentralisation. GLAFAD International Journal (GOJODAG) allows academics, policy makers, local and international organisations to share up to date issues related to Debt and Governance, Conflict Resolution and Socio-economic Development.

Aims and Scope of the Journal

The aim of GIJODAG is to become a leading centre of knowledge practice and development in Debt and Governance, Conflict Resolution, Decentralisation and Socio-economic Development in Africa. The aim is further to contribute towards development through quality research, advocacy and capacity building.

The Journal aims to sensitise representatives from international organisations, provincial governments, national governments, public and private enterprises, civil society, and faith-based organisations contribute and deliberate on the themes that meet the objectives of the Journal. The Journal covers a numbers of disciplines related to Governance and Debt, Conflict Resolution, Decentralisation and Socio-economic Development. These include inter-alia themes that:

  • Explore issues surrounding Debt and Governance
  • Discuss issues relating to Globalisation Governance and Emerging Economies:
  • Discuss the impact of Governance in Development:
  • Discuss Governance and Public Policy;
  • Explore models of Governance in Africa and Across the World;
  • Discuss Governance and Privatisation;
  • Discuss Decentralisation and Local Economic Development
  • Explore strategic partnerships to address good governance, conflict resolution and decentralisation on the continent, and

The Journal is managed by a Chief Editor assisted by two Deputy Editors as well as an editorial officer who receives articles from contributors.

The Deputy Editors are in charge of the peer review process. Peer reviewers are selected based on their past experience. All articles received are pre-edited to in order to assess whether they meet the Journal requirements. Once that process is completed, all articles are sent for peer review to selected academic in the field. The editorial officer keeps contact with all contributors in order to forward them comments made by the peer review team. The articles are finally accepted once the peer reviewers are satisfied with the content. The production process, controlled by a GLAFAD production editor, works towards the inclusion in a specific issue of a journal, and then online publication follows

Editorial Structure

  • Chief Editor: Prof Osy Nwebo, PhD
  • Deputy Editor: Samuel Ezeanyika, PhD
  • Deputy Editor: Emmanuel Innocents EDOUN (PhD)

Editorial Board

  • Dr Balgah Azibo (The University of Bamenda)
  • Dr Diran Soumomni (The University of the Witwatersrand- Johannesburg)
  • Ms Grace W. Ngaruyi (The University of Kenya)
  • Prof James Lockart (Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand)
  • Prof Cornelius Lambi (The University of Buea Cameroon)
  • Koffi Kouakou (The University of the Witwatersrand )
  • Mr Dikgang Motsepe ( The University of the Witwatersrand)
  • Dr Michael DeVivo - Grand Rapid Community College-USA
  • Prof Okey Onnejekwe (PhD)
  • Dr Henry Claude Enumba (Niger Bassin)
  • Dr Michel Lokollo –Consultant
  • Dr Paulin Mbecke (The University of South Africa)

Publication Process

Articles from contributors are expected to be peer reviewed before publication by two or three academic referees.

An abstract of 300 words should clearly explain the problem statement, the methodological approach, initial findings and conclusions. At least five to eight keys words should be included at the end of abstract.Authors are requested to submit an electronic copy of their full article. The articles should be typed in 1.5 spacing and point 12, Arial font. The length of the papers should not exceed 8500 words. Each author should supply a biographical details as well as institutional affiliation, mailing and e-mail addresses, telephone and facsimile numbers

Citations/References

Upon submission, all authors should make sure that sources listed in the references pages are used accordingly which gives credit to authors whose work they use and avoids plagiarism. It also provides support for their assertions and arguments and helps readers to find more information on the subject.

The American Psychological Association (APA) style is often used in the social sciences. The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) is used in business, communications, economics, and history. The CMS style uses footnotes at the bottom of page to help readers locate the sources. The Modern Language Association

Review process

The Chief Editor is in charge of the peer review process. All articles received are pre-edited in order to assess whether they meet the Journal requirements. Once that process is completed, all articles are sent for peer review to selected academic in the field. The editorial officer keeps contact with all contributors in order to forward them comments made by the peer review team. The article is finally accepted once the peer reviewer is satisfied with the content. The production process is controlled by a GLAFAD production editor, works towards the inclusion in a specific issue of the Journal, and then online publication.

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