Call for Papers

The Young African Leaders Forum (YALF) invites interested Africans to submit research articles for publication in the third edition of its Young African Leaders Journal of Development (YALJOD). The journal is aimed at fostering the collective progress and development of the African people, and it provides the blueprint for the development objectives and implementation plans of many international organizations in Africa.

YALJOD is a biennial journal of development established to host scholarly analysis and competing viewpoints about the development of Africa. YALF’s motive for establishing this historic journal is to garner the ideas of young Africans as pertaining to the development of the continent. During the official launch of its first edition at the African Union Headquarters in October 2016, Founder and President of YALF, Prince Ifoh, revealed the organization’s plans to take the strategic journal into all corners of the continent. According to him, there is a strong implementation policy which ensures that ideal solutions published in the journal are practically implemented to have the right impact on the African people. The journal is available at the African Union Headquarters, in several universities’ libraries, civil societies and government parastatals across the globe. A downloadable e-Book version is also available on the digital library of Kennesaw State University, United States.

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YALJOD is Africa’s most popular youth-led journal of development, and its multidisciplinary approach makes it more formidable. It accepts papers from varied disciplinary areas – including Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Humanities – that show direct relevance to the development of Africa. In this sense, it publishes researches understood as highlighting the social, political, cultural and technological processes of positive change in the continent. The specially targeted audience of the journal is the continent’s leading operators and stakeholders, national governments, civil societies and NGOs, development academics, researchers and youth leaders.




  • Authors will have the opportunity to participate and present their journal papers at the African Union Headquarters in October 2020 and the launching of YALJOD.
  • All authors would be given a free, digitally signed e-certificate by the Young African Leaders Forum once the journal is published.



  • Articles submitted to YALJOD must be original work that has not been published previously and is not currently under consideration by any other publication.
  • Any consequences for the violation of copyright laws or infringement will be duly borne by the defaulting author. The journal is a scholarly peer-reviewed.
  • Each paper must be accompanied by the Author’s profile summary of no more than 100 words. This should include the Author’s qualifications and other affiliations.
  • Each paper must be accompanied by an abstract of not more than 150 words.
  • Article must not exceed 3,500 words.
  • All articles must be properly proofread by the author.
  • Articles must be double spaced.
  • Tables, models, diagrams or photographs should be within the text, and NOT as an appendix.
  • Citations and referencing should follow the recent APA style.
  • The author must be willing to participate in the launch or present the paper in any of the YALF Conferences when called upon.


Eligible Regions: All African Countries

Application Process

Researched papers and manuscripts should be submitted via regular email and should take the form of attachment formatted in MICROSOFT WORD (send to [email protected] )

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Application Deadline: March 31, 2020

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