African Evaluation Journal - Call for abstracts for inaugural issue: Monitoring and evaluation in Africa - 17 January 2013

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The interim editorial advisory board of the African Evaluation Journal is pleased to announce the call for submission of abstracts for the first issue of the journal to be published at the end of April 2013. It is expected that this will be the first of three issues of the journal to be published in 2013.

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Submission of abstracts for AEJ 1(1) 2013 – Inaugural Issue

1) Theme: Monitoring and evaluation in African contexts – history, status and prospects for African monitoring and evaluation

2) Abstract submission requirements
• Interested authors are requested to submit abstracts not exceeding 300 words in length.
• Anyone is eligible to submit an abstract.
• Abstracts should be submitted no later than 17 January 2013.
• Submissions should be made on AEJ's website –
• The abstract should outline the scope and focus of the paper, the sources of information and evidence used, and the main findings and conclusions reached. The abstract should reflect the relevance of the paper to the theme of the Inaugural Issue.
• Abstracts may be written in English or French.

3) Review and selection process
• Abstracts will be reviewed by an editorial advisory group and selected authors will be asked to submit full articles of no more than 6,000 words.
• The selection of abstracts will be made by 15 January 2013 and authors of selected abstracts will have six weeks after that in which to submit a full manuscript.
• Articles will be subjected to anonymous peer-review and up to 12 articles will be published in the inaugural issue.

4) Topics of relevance to the theme of the Inaugural Issue
The following topics are of interest but submissions need not necessarily be limited by this list.
• History of evaluation in Africa from African or global standpoints
• Key theoretical and methodological debates shaping the practice of programme monitoring and evaluation in Africa
• The politics of evaluation in Africa
• Comparative analysis of African government policies and practices in monitoring and evaluation
• African regional perspectives, policies, systems and mechanisms
• Disciplinary and sectoral perspectives on monitoring and evaluation in Africa
• Monitoring an evaluation concepts in African societies and cultures
• Evaluation capacity development, education initiatives and prospects
• Review of promising monitoring and evaluation approaches emerging in Africa
• Future of evaluation in Africa – scenarios
• Research and scholarship on African evaluation

Kevin Kelly, Interim Managing Editor, African Journal of Evaluation –