Call for Papers: African Evaluation Journal (AEJ)

This is an open invitation to contribute towards the African Evaluation Journal (AEJ). The African Evaluation Journal publishes high quality peer-reviewed articles of merit on any subject related to evaluation, and provide targeted information of professional interest to members of African Evaluation Association (AfrEA)  and its national associations.

Aims of the African Evaluation Journal (AEJ):

  • Build evaluation-related knowledge and practice in support of effective developmental policies on the African continent.
  • Provide a communication platform for scholars and practitioners of evaluation to share and debate ideas about evaluation theory and practice in Africa.
  • Promote cross-fertilisation of ideas and methodologies between countries and between evaluation scholars and practitioners in the developed and developing world.
  • Promote evaluation scholarship and authorship, and a culture of peer-review in the African evaluation community.

Historic data:

Evaluation was established as a trans-disciplinary practice nearly 40 years ago following the growth in government social programmes during the 1960s in the USA. Since then evaluation has evolved as a worldwide discipline central to efforts to hold governance structures and systems accountable, learn from experience and improve policies and programmatic interventions. Evaluation in developing countries has historically been externally promoted and guided. But over the past two decades evaluation thinking and practice have taken root in developing countries. Evaluation in developing countries is an exciting and fast-developing field, and as evaluation capacities in developing countries have grown, the need for home-grown scholarship and critical reflection has become ever more apparent. This is plainly the case in Africa and it is a concern that African Evaluation Association (AfrEA) has committed itself to addressing.

This encompass the following aims:

1. To build a high quality, useful body of evaluation knowledge for development.
• Promote original, high quality and useful research on evaluation theories and practices in Africa, for Africa, by Africans, for the benefit of development on the continent;
• Share good practices in the evaluation of policies, interventions and organisations;
• Encourage and draw together contributions across disciplines, professions and countries;
• Promote meta-analyses and meta-evaluations that can accelerate learning and improve practice.

2. To develop a culture of peer-reviewed publication in African evaluation.
• Challenge African evaluators to engage in, and publish results that establish new frontiers in evaluation theory and practice;
• Challenge international specialists to contribute to the African evaluation knowledge base;
• Encourage and empower young and more experienced specialists working in Africa to publish their work.

3. To stimulate Africa-oriented knowledge networks and collaborative efforts.
• Define and lead networking among scholars and practitioners within Africa and across continents.

4. To strengthen the African voice in evaluation.
• Contribute to national and international debates and scholarship on evaluation for development;
• Actively support the development of African evaluation scholarship;
• Inform and showcase the work of country evaluation associations and professional institutions undertaking evaluation in Africa.

Publication frequency:
The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed.

Open access:
This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

Review process:
The journal has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. Read our full peer review process.

Submission Procedure:
Prospective authors should note that only original and previously unpublished article manuscripts will be considered for peer review. Interested authors must consult the Journal Guidelines for Manuscript Submission at before submission. For more details on the editorial procedures, go to All submissions will be submitted to a rigorous double-blind peer review process.

Dr. Mark Abrahams
Southern Hemisphere Consulting and Development Services, South Africa