CALL FOR PAPERS - New Chapter in the History of Economic Development in Africa? (Submission deadline: 15 December 2022)



for the

Journal of Central and Eastern European African Studies (JCEEAS)


New Chapter in the History of Economic Development in Africa?


The turn of the new millennium marked a new chapter in the economic development of the African continent as many countries in and outside Sub-Saharan Africa embarked on a journey of rapid economic growth with visible signs of development. Also, we saw a major shift in the narrative of Africa as the slogan of Africa Rising entered the journals, books, textbooks, and university lectures. Some countries showed strong signs of development and among the most rapidly developing countries in the word there were a dozen of African ones. The decline of the commodity prices around 2014 dented this process but in general the last two decades proved to be a remarkable period for the African economies. Double-digit growth numbers, declining inflation rates, less frequent military conflicts, ongoing digitalization of finance, and among others a young and vibrant population contributed to transformation of the African economies.

At the same time there were fears about the sustainability and fragility of the economic growth, massive deindustrialization, efficiency of the service sector, premature deindustrialization, Chinese involvement in the continent not to mention the huge social inequalities. Many experts and scholars went so far and regarded the process of economic growth in Africa as an unsustainable one with no signs of inclusive development.

The special issue of the JCEEAS tries to shed more light on the economic processes of the last two decades which may have ended by Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing European war between Ukraine and Russia. It is highly likely that these two milestones will mark a new chapter in the history of economic development of the African countries. The majority of the Sub-Saharan economies have limited room for manoeuvre in case of fiscal and monetary measures and have seen massive economic output decline. In the light of this one can rightly raise the following questions: Was Africa developing or just showing the sign of growth in the last two decades? Did the countries embark on a journey of sustainable development? Were the economies prepared for mitigating the economic impact of Covid-19? The special issue tries to answer these questions and also it tries to show an economic picture of a pre-and post-pandemic Africa. Will there be a new chapter of the African economic development? To what extent will be the economies different in comparison with the pre-pandemic years? Will there be beneficiaries of the world-wide pandemic in terms of sustainability of economic growth? How would the ongoing digitalization help the economic development? When it comes to the ongoing European war, it is clear that many Sub-Saharan countries will struggle with paying for increased energy bills and they will face difficulties when trying to import crop from Ukraine and Russia. The negative impacts of the war are still unclear but the highly dependent Sub-Saharan countries will definitely feel the side effects of the war. How will be the African economies effected? Would it be possible to pay for the energy bills? Will there be wide-scale famine because of the dwindling Russian and Ukrainian export of crops? What are the far-reaching impacts of the war on the Sub-Saharan countries?

With the new special issue, we can get a better insight into these questions and evaluate the impact of Covid-19 and the ongoing European war and decide about whether there will be a new era of economic history or not.

Deadline: 15 December 2022, with a short bio and abstract

Publication date: March 2023

Guide for Authors:

We look forward to reading your paper!

Yours respectfully,

Dr. Szabolcs Pásztor

Editor of the Issue

on behalf of the editorial team of JCEEAS