Call for issue papers - Harnessing the gender and youth dividends for accelerated socio-economic development in Africa
ACTS – Gender, youth and inclusive development
Programme Vision: Empowered women, youth and vulnerable groups harnessing applications of science, technology, and innovation for economic, social, and environmental sustainability in Africa.
Programme Mission: To provide policy choices that exploit potentials of women, youth, and other groups to harness applications of science, technology, and innovation for sustainable and diversified livelihoods, socio-economic development, and biodiversity conservation in Africa.
Programme Goal: To support the development of enabling policies, organizations and institutions for harnessing the potentials of gender, youth and other groups in bio sciences, bio resources and biotechnologies, information technologies, climate resilience strategies and in responsible natural resource management in Africa.
African economies are going through unprecedented transformation owing to the increasing science, technology, and innovation capacity and adaptability, increasing trained human capital, improved governance and availability of (but finite) natural resources. But according to the African Development Bank, this headline economic growth is not enough. Africa needs to
develop deliberate policies to reduce inequalities and promote inclusive growth. This includes among others addressing disparities in gender, youth and other vulnerable groups.
Investing in Africa’s young men and women is, therefore, a major shift of this decade’s development agenda. Close to 70% of Africa’s population currently stands at below 30 years. By 2030, nearly 1 in 4 young people in the world will be in Africa making it the most youthful continent in the next three decades. At the same time, the role of African women always found at the lower echelons in the formal sector, or in informal sector, has come to the fore following the rise of technology, connectivity, economic liberalization and policy reforms.
Where are the young men and women expected to drive and keep the momentum of inclusive development in Africa? There is increasing evidence that even in the periphery of formal economic activities, women and youth continue to fashion themselves with relevant 21st century capacities, including the ability to acquire new knowledge, innovate and use technology, develop enterprises and participate in policy making. Significantly, women are youth are portraying unprecedented resourcefulness that could be positively channeled for inclusive growth and sustainability in Africa.
It’s against this background that ACTS prioritizes the significant role of gender, youth and vulnerable groups in Africa. In line with the new Programme Area on Gender, Youth and Inclusive Development, this Special Issue will highlight where and how resourceful women, youth, and vulnerable groups are harnessing new knowledge, technologies, development paradigms and governance models to enable socio-economic development in Africa. We are looking for case studies where inclusion of gender, youth and vulnerable groups has led to significant socio-economic changes in Africa for instance in biodiversity conservation, improved agricultural productivity, education, health, financing, infrastructural development etc. This Special Issue shall also cover policy reviews and recommendations on gender, youth and inclusive development in Africa.
We invite papers that address Gender, Youth, or a combination of both in the following themes:-
1. Gender, Youth and Sustainable Development
- Reducing vulnerability of women and youth to climate change through science and technology
- Gender, Youth, and Green Jobs
- Inter-generational Equity and Sustainability
- Youth opportunities in Climate smart agriculture
- Rethinking women, youth and food security in Africa
2. Science, Technology and Innovation for Inclusive development
- Mainstreaming gender in science, technology and innovation
- Role of science, technology and innovation in bridging gender disparities
- Harnessing big data for socio-economic development among women, youth and vulnerable groups
- Opportunities for women and youth in big data
3. Bio-enterprising Africa: Opportunities for Women and Youth
- Women and Youth in bio-enterprises
- Policy options for bio-development
4. Gender, Youth and Responsible Natural Resource Economies
- Women in natural resource economies and women as guardians of natural resources
- Access to resources and benefit sharing for women, youth and vulnerable groups
- Inclusive policies for management of natural resources
Issue Review Process and Submission Guidelines
All papers will be peer reviewed and those accepted published in a Special Issue by the ACTS Press.
- Extended Abstract of between 1000 to 1500 words: Dec 31 2014
- Note on acceptance of abstracts from the team: 31st January 2015
- Full papers of not more than 4500 words: 31st Feb 2015
- Note on acceptance of full papers: 21st March 2015
- Final publishable versions: 21st April 2015
- Publication: 31st April 2015
All submissions are due 2359 Hrs GMT
 United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2011) World Population Prospects: The 2010 Revision