Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa (JSDA) is
the official journal for sustainable development in Africa.
The journal was originally established as part of the
function of the African Studies Program of Kalamazoo College
in order to encourage an interdisciplinary discussion
on the subject of sustainable development. With the departure
of the editor-in- chief from Kalamazoo College, the JSDA
was moved to Southern University and A & M College
in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After four and half years at
Southern University, the journal was hosted at Fayetteville
State University in Fayetteville, North Carolina (2004-2008).
In July of 2008, the Journal of Sustainable Development
in Africa was moved to Clarion University of Pennsylvania,
where the editor-in-chief is the Provost and Vice President
for Academic Affairs.
It now addresses the policy components of Africa's development
issues. The general belief is that theoretical and operational
discussions of development efforts in Africa must be interdisciplinary
so that policy makers and academics will have a useful
academic journal, which could be instrumental in moving
Africa's development forward. The journal focuses on debates
of development; development paradigms; social, cultural,
economic, and ecological sustainability; and the politics
of sustainable development with regard to governance.
The Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa is a
refereed journal published four times a year in Fall,
Winter, Spring and Summer to strengthen and foster sustainable
development and planning efforts in Africa.
is Unique About the Journal:
Journal of Sustainable Development in Africa is unique
in that it provides both the theoretical underpinnings
of development and the operationalization process for
development. It endeavors to include articles from scholars
all over the world, but also encourages African scholars
who reside in African countries to publish their work.
To our knowledge, it is the only journal, which is established
to address Africa's sustainability issues from multidisciplinary
and interdisciplinary perspectives. Sustainability matters
are approached from social, humanities and natural science
paradigms. Many of the case studies in the publication
are attempts to manage and solve development problems.
The contributors to the journal have many years of experience
of working in Africa and they are students and scholars
of Africa. Their scholarship continues to influence the
cutting edge ideas about the development on the continent.
Purpose of this site:
main purpose of this site is to provide scholarly, educational
and provoking discussions on critical development issues
concerning Africa. It is our profound belief that the
contributions of the journal in the sustainability debate
would be both theoretical and applied in order to wrestle
with the concrete development issues of the African continent
and people. It is our conviction that the scholarly and
professional communities must avail themselves of meaningful,
interdisciplinary, and multi-disciplinary information
on the issues of sustainable development. This site provides
an opportunity to read about Africa's sustainability work
that is going on in the developed, as well as the developing
have linked the site to other interesting sites, which deal
with sustainability matters so that our readership can benefit
from a worldwide discussion and opportunities on the subject
of sustainability. We encourage our readers to send us their
comments about our publications (articles and book reviews)
and give us their suggestions.
Valentine Udoh James, Editor- in -Chief
Professor of Environmental Management, Policy and Planning
Clarion University of Pennsylvania
Clarion, Pennsylvania 16214-1232
814-393-1938 (phone); 814-393-2004 (fax)