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Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review

Vol. 18 (2002) through current issue

The Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review is an internationally refereed interdisciplinary journal that serves as a regional forum for critical reflection and discourse on the economic, political, and social aspects as well as development concerns of the countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. It is the major African social science journal with a region-wide coverage that publishes scholarly articles, book reviews, research notes, and communications. Edited by OSSREA.

Published by: Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa


E-ISSN: 1684-4173
Print ISSN: 1027-1775

Indexing/Abstracting

  • International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
  • The African Journals Online
  • The OSSREA website

Submission Guidelines

EASSRR Editorial Policy

1. The Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review (EASSRR) provides social scientists and researchers with a forum for reflection on and serves as a vehicle for the dissemination and discussion of research results.
2. The EASSRR publishes research articles in the social sciences that contribute to scholarly dialogue on the economic, social, political, and related problems, challenges and opportunities of the region. In addition to their scholarly quality, therefore, the major criterion used for selecting the articles to be published in EASSRR is their contribution to the growth of knowledge about the region.
3. Because OSSREA is a regional organisation, priority will be given to articles that deal with the problems of the region or of countries within it. However, articles concerned with other parts of Africa as regional groupings or individual countries may also be considered for publication so long as they have scholarly merit and provide comparative insights.
4. All articles submitted to the EASSRR will be refereed by at least two scholars of proven competence in the particular field/s. However, the journal’s editors shall make the final decision regarding publication.
5. The responsibility for the views expressed in the articles that appear in the EASSRR is solely that of their authors and not that of the editors or of OSSREA.
6. The EASSRR does not accept articles and other contributions that have previously been published or are currently under review by other journals.
7. Articles submitted for publication in the EASSRR must conform to the technical requirements set out in the “Guide to Authors”. It is not the editors’ responsibility to correct style, incomplete references or plagiarised contents.
8. In addition to the regular issues, OSSREA may publish special issues of the EASSRR that will be devoted to specific themes and based on contributions solicited or selected by the editors.
9. All articles submitted to the EASSRR will be acknowledged, but those not accepted for publication will not be returned to the authors.
10. Authors of published articles will receive two copies of the particular issue and ten off-prints of their articles.
11. The copyright in all the contributions published by OSSREA is retained by the Organisation.
12. OSSREA shall consider the requests of authors to reprint their contributions elsewhere provided that the request is made in writing and the conditions stated in the copyright agreement are fulfilled.
13. OSSREA is opposed to plagiarism, i.e. the use of another person’s ideas or published work as if it were one’s own. The editors will assume that each significant contribution to, and quotation in work that is submitted to OSSREA obtained from other people’s published works or unpublished sources has been attributed, and has been cited and fully referenced. Before final publication, authors will be required to sign a declaration confirming that their work / research report / book manuscript is their own, original, and that they will be responsible for any incomplete references that may remain in their work.

Guide to Authors

  1. Manuscript Size

    The EASSRR publishes articles, book reviews and short communications. The maximum length of manuscripts to be submitted to the journal is twenty-five pages (double-spaced) for articles, and ten pages for book reviews. In exceptional cases, longer manuscripts may be considered at the discretion of the editors.

  2. Abstracts

    All articles should be accompanied by abstracts of not more than 100 words. Abstracts should briefly state the nature of the problem, the methodology, and the findings or conclusions. A list of not more than five Keywords must be written immediately below the abstract.

  3. Electronic and Hard Copies

    In as far as possible, manuscripts should be submitted on a CD ROM (typeset using MS Word 6.0 or a later version) as well as in duplicate hard copies, typed double-spaced on only one side of A4 size paper, and with a margin of at least 3cm left on either side of the page.

  4. Headings and Subheadings
    1. If a manuscript has subsections, the following decimal notation should be used for numbering the headings and subheadings:
      1. 2. 3.
      1.1 2.1 3.1
      1.2 2.2 3.2
    2. However, authors are advised to avoid using more than three levels of subheadings unless their treatment of the subject-matter is too complex.
  5. Endnotes
    1. Authors are advised to use endnotes rather than footnotes.
    2. Endnotes should be numbered consecutively throughout each chapter or article, and placed at the end of a work, in a section titled "Notes", after any appendix and before the reference list.
  6. Text Citations
    1. OSSREA uses the author-date system of citations in all of its publications. It is the responsibility of authors to ensure that author-date citations in the text agree exactly with corresponding entries in the reference list and that all the facts are accurate.
    2. The author-date citation in running text or at the end of a block quotation consists of the author's/editor's last, or family-name, and the year of publication. Examples:
      • Author, year, page no.: (Anderson 1987, 22-25)
      • Two sources, with one author having two works: (Emery 1999; Jenden 1978b)
      • More than three authors/editors: (Kassoguè et al. 1996)
      • Organisation, year, volume, page no.: (World Bank 1988, 2:47)
    3. Citation and Documentation of Sources from the Internet.

      Authors should first make a note for the quoted paragraph, which should be placed in quotation marks. For example:
      According to Peter Burnell, “Today, Zambia’s situation resembles much more closely Sartori’s idea of a predominant system, where one party commands, alone and over time, the absolute majority of seats, than a ‘hegemonic system’.”1
      The documentation of sources in the References list or under “Endnotes” for materials cited from the Web should include the names of both primary and secondary sources (website address, titles of the article and of the book/periodical), name(s) of the author/editor, as well as the date of access. The entry under both the Endnotes and the References should thus be written:

      1. Peter Burnell, 2001. The party system and party politics in Zambia: Continuities past, present and future. In African Affairs, 100, 239–263. Accessed on (date) from <http://afraf.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/100/399/239.pdf>(24 January 2007), Royal African Society.
  7. References
    1. The reference list must include all and only those sources cited both in the text and in the notes.
    2. The reference list should provide full bibliographic information on the cited sources, and, where applicable, using the following order for books: (i) author/s, or editor/s if no author is listed-(ii) date-(iii) title-(iv) editor-if provided in addition to author, (v) edition, if not the first one-(vi) volume/s-(vii) title of individual volume-(viii) series title-(ix) city-(x) publisher.
    3. The details included in reference list entries for periodical articles are: (i) author's name-(ii) year-(iii) title of article-(iv) title of periodical-(v) issue information (volume, issue number, month or season)-and (vi) page reference.
    4. Titles of books, periodicals, plays, and long poems are italicised, whereas titles of book chapters, articles, short poems and the like are given in roman style without being enclosed in quotation marks. Unpublished works are not italicised.
    5. Titles of periodicals are capitalised in headline style; all other titles in the reference list is capitalised in the sentence style, i.e., only the first word in the title and subtitle, proper nouns and proper adjectives are capitalised.
    6. Examples of reference entries:
      • Adams, M. N., and S. E. Kruppenbach. 1987. Gender and access in the African school. International Review of Education 33: 437-53.
      • Apollos, Francis, and Afi Yakubu. 1999. Revitalising traditional African approaches to peacebuilding and reconciliation during an armed conflict. Paper presented at the All-Africa Conference on African Principles of Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation, Addis Ababa, 8-12 November.
      • Lardner, Susan. 1980. Third eye open. Review of The salt eaters, by Tony Cade Bambra. New Yorker, 5 May, 169.
      • Kassoguè, A., M. Komota, J. Sagara, and F. Schutgens. 1996. A measure for every site: Traditional SWC techniques on the Dogon Plateau, Mali. In Sustaining the Soil: Indegenous soil and water conservation in Africa, edited by C. Reji, I. Scoones, and C. Toulmin, 69-79. London: Earthscan Publications.
      • Nganda, Benjamin M. 1998. The equity objective in Kenyan health policy: An interpretation. Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review 14, no. 1 (January): 65-89.

Editorial Board

Volume 31, Number 1, January 2015

Editorial Board

Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed

Athumani J. Liviga

Baye Yimam

Benigna Zimba

Donald P. Chimanikire

M. A. Mohammed Salih

Tekeste Negash

Thandwa Z. Mthembu

In-House Editors

Matebu Tadesse

Abiye Daniel

Text Layout

Alemtsehay Zewde

Volume 30, Number 2, June 2014

Editorial Board

Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Athumani J. Liviga
Baye Yimam
Benigna Zimba
Donald P. Chimanikire
M. A. Mohammed Salih
Tekeste Negash
Thandwa Z. Mthembu

In-House Editors

Matebu Tadesse
Abiye Daniel

Text Layout

Alemtsehay Zewde

Volume 30, Number 1, January 2014

Editorial Board

Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Athumani J. Liviga
Baye Yimam
Benigna Zimba
Donald P. Chimanikire
M. A. Mohammed Salih
Tekeste Negash
Thandwa Z. Mthembu

In-House Editors

Matebu Tadesse
Abiye Daniel

Text Layout

Alemtsehay Zewde

Volume 29, Number 2, June 2013

Editorial Board

Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Athumani J. Liviga
Baye Yimam
Benigna Zimba
Donald P. Chimanikire
M. A. Mohammed Salih
Tekeste Negash
Thandwa Z. Mthembu

In-House Editors

Matebu Tadesse
Abiye Daniel

Text Layout

Alemtsehay Zewde

Volume 29, Number 1, January 2013

Editor

OSSREA, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

Editorial Board

Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Athumani J Liviga
Baye Yimam
Donald Chimankire
M. A. Mohammed Salih
Migai Akech
Tekeste Negash
Thandwa Z Methembu

Executive Director

Paschal Mihyo, paschal@ossrea.net

Publications Officer

Mrs. Helina, pubunit@ossrea.net

Copy Editors

Abiye Daniel
Mesfin Adinew

Language Editor

Rita J. Parkhurst

Text Layout

Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 28, Number 2, June 2012

Editor

OSSREA, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

Editorial Board

Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Athumani J Liviga
Baye Yimam
Donald Chimankire
M. A. Mohammed Salih
Migai Akech
Tekeste Negash
Thandwa Z Methembu

Executive Director

Paschal Mihyo, paschal@ossrea.net

Publications Officer

Mrs. Helina, pubunit@ossrea.net

Copy Editors

Abiye Daniel
Mesfin Adinew

Language Editor

Rita J. Parkhurst

Text Layout

Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 28, Number 1, January 2012

Editor

OSSREA, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

Editorial Board

Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Athumani J Liviga
Baye Yimam
Donald Chimankire
M. A. Mohammed Salih
Migai Akech
Tekeste Negash
Thandwa Z Methembu

Executive Director

Paschal Mihyo, paschal@ossrea.net

Publications Officer

Mrs. Helina, pubunit@ossrea.net

Copy Editors

Abiye Daniel
Mesfin Adinew

Language Editor

Rita J. Parkhurst

Text Layout

Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 27, Number 2, June 2011

Editor

OSSREA, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

Editorial Board

Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Athumani J Liviga
Baye Yimam
Donald Chimankire
M. A. Mohammed Salih
Migai Akech
Tekeste Negash
Thandwa Z Methembu

Executive Director

Paschal Mihyo, paschal@ossrea.net

Publications Officer

Mrs. Helina, pubunit@ossrea.net

Copy Editors

Abiye Daniel
Mesfin Adinew

Language Editor

Rita J. Parkhurst

Text Layout

Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 27, Number 1, January 2011

Editor

OSSREA, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

Editorial Board

Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Athumani J Liviga
Baye Yimam
Donald Chimankire
M. A. Mohammed Salih
Migai Akech
Tekeste Negash
Thandwa Z Methembu

Executive Director

Paschal Mihyo, paschal@ossrea.net

Publications Officer

Mrs. Helina, pubunit@ossrea.net

Copy Editors

Abiye Daniel
Mesfin Adinew

Language Editor

Rita J. Parkhurst

Text Layout

Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 26, Number 2, June 2010

Editor

OSSREA, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

Editorial Board

Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Athumani J Liviga
Baye Yimam
Donald Chimankire
M. A. Mohammed Salih
Migai Akech
Tekeste Negash
Thandwa Z Methembu

Executive Director

Paschal Mihyo, paschal@ossrea.net

Publications Officer

Mrs. Helina, pubunit@ossrea.net

Copy Editors

Abiye Daniel
Mesfin Adinew

Language Editor

Rita J. Parkhurst

Text Layout

Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 26, Number 1, January 2010

Editor

Alfred G. Nhema, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

Editorial Board

Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Athumani J Liviga
Baye Yimam
Donald Chimankire
M. A. Mohammed Salih
Migai Akech
Tekeste Negash
Thandwa Z Methembu

Executive Director

Paschal Mihyo, paschal@ossrea.net

Publications Officer

Mrs. Helina, pubunit@ossrea.net

Copy Editors

Abiye Daniel
Mesfin Adinew

Language Editor

Rita J. Parkhurst

Text Layout

Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 25, Number 2, June 2009

Editor

Alfred G. Nhema, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

Editorial Board

Paul P. W. Achola
Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Ibrahim Elbadawi
Abel G. M. Ishumi
Wilfred Mlay
J. D. O. Nyunya
Evelyn Pangeti
Kwesi Prah
Darge Wole
Gunnar Sørbø
Gerti Hessling
Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

Executive Director

Paschal Mihyo, paschal@ossrea.net

Publications Officer

Mrs. Helina, pubunit@ossrea.net

Copy Editors

Abiye Daniel
Mesfin Adinew

Language Editor

Rita J. Parkhurst

Text Layout

Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 25, Number 1, January 2009

Editor

Alfred G. Nhema, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

Editorial Board

Paul P. W. Achola
Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
Ibrahim Elbadawi
Abel G. M. Ishumi
Wilfred Mlay
J. D. O. Nyunya
Evelyn Pangeti
Kwesi Prah
Darge Wole
Gunnar Sørbø
Gerti Hessling
Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

Executive Director

Paschal Mihyo, paschal@ossrea.net

Publications Officer

Mrs. Helina, pubunit@ossrea.net

Copy Editors

Abiye Daniel
Mesfin Adinew

Language Editor

Rita J. Parkhurst

Text Layout

Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 24, Number 2, June 2008

    Editor

    Alfred G. Nhema, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Ibrahim Elbadawi
    Abel G. M. Ishumi
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Evelyn Pangeti
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sørbø
    Gerti Hessling
    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Publications Officer

    Samuel Tesfamichael, pub.ossrea@telecom.net.et

    Language Editor

    Rita J. Parkhurst

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 24, Number 1, January 2008

    Editor

    Alfred G. Nhema, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Ibrahim Elbadawi
    Abel G. M. Ishumi
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Evelyn Pangeti
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sørbø
    Gerti Hessling
    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Publications Officer

    Samuel Tesfamichael, pub.ossrea@telecom.net.et

    Language Editor

    Rita J. Parkhurst

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 23, Number 2, June 2007

    Editor

    Alfred G. Nhema, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Ibrahim Elbadawi
    Abel G. M. Ishumi
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Evelyn Pangeti
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sørbø
    Gerti Hessling
    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Publications Officer

    Samuel Tesfamichael, pub.ossrea@telecom.net.et

    Language Editor

    Rita J. Parkhurst

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 23, Number 1, January 2007

    Editor

    Alfred G. Nhema

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Ibrahim Elbadawi
    Abel G. M. Ishumi
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Evelyn Pangeti
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sørbø
    Gerti Hessling
    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Assistant Editor

    Mesfin Adinew

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 22, Number 2, June 2006

    Editor

    Alfred G. Nhema

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Ibrahim Elbadawi
    Abel G. M. Ishumi
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Evelyn Pangeti
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sørbø
    Gerti Hessling
    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Assistant Editor

    Mesfin Adinew

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 22, Number 1, January 2006

    Editor

    Alfred G. Nhema

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Ibrahim Elbadawi
    Abel G. M. Ishumi
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Evelyn Pangeti
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sørbø
    Gerti Hessling
    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Assistant Editor

    Mesfin Adinew

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 21, Number 2, June 2005

    Editor

    Alfred G. Nhema

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Ibrahim Elbadawi
    Abel G. M. Ishumi
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Evelyn Pangeti
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sørbø
    Gerti Hessling
    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Assistant Editors

    Solomon Hailu
    Mesfin Adinew

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 21, Number 1, January 2005

    Editor

    Alfred G. Nhema

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Ibrahim Elbadawi
    Abel G. M. Ishumi
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Evelyn Pangeti
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sørbø
    Gerti Hessling
    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Assistant Editors

    Solomon Hailu
    Mesfin Adinew

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 20, Number 2, June 2004

    Editor

    Alfred G. Nhema, executive.secretary@ossrea.net

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Ibrahim Elbadawi
    Abel G. M. Ishumi
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Evelyn Pangeti
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sørbø
    Gerti Hessling
    Paul Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Publications Officer

    Samuel Tesfamichael, pub.ossrea@telecom.net.et

    Language Editor

    Rita J. Parkhurst

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 20, Number 1, January 2004

    Editors

    Bahru Zewde
    M. A. Mohamed Salih

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Abel G. M. Ishmui
    G. M. Malahleha
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sorbo
    Gerti Hessling
    Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Publications Officer

    Taye Assefa

    Language Editor

    Rita J. Parkhurst

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 19, Number 2, June 2003

    Editors

    Bahru Zewde
    M. A. Mohamed Salih

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Abel G. M. Ishmui
    G. M. Malahleha
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sorbo
    Gerti Hessling
    Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Publications Officer

    Taye Assefa

    Language Editor

    Rita J. Parkhurst

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 19, Number 1, January 2003

    Editors

    Bahru Zewde
    M. A. Mohamed Salih

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Abel G. M. Ishmui
    G. M. Malahleha
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sorbo
    Gerti Hessling
    Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Publications Officer

    Taye Assefa

    Language Editor

    Rita J. Parkhurst

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 18, Number 2, June 2002

    Editors

    Bahru Zewde
    M. A. Mohamed Salih

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Abel G. M. Ishmui
    G. M. Malahleha
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sorbo
    Gerti Hessling
    Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Publications Officer

    Taye Assefa

    Language Editor

    Rita J. Parkhurst

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

Volume 18, Number 1, January 2002

    Editors

    Bahru Zewde
    M. A. Mohamed Salih

    Editorial Board

    Paul P. W. Achola
    Abdel Ghaffar M. Ahmed
    Abel G. M. Ishmui
    G. M. Malahleha
    Wilfred Mlay
    J. D. O. Nyunya
    Kwesi Prah
    Darge Wole
    Gunnar Sorbo
    Gerti Hessling
    Tiyambe Zeleza
    Abdulhamid Bedri Kello

    Publications Officer

    Taye Assefa

    Language Editor

    Rita J. Parkhurst

    Text Layout

    Alemisehay Zewde

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