CDD’s Democracy and Development is back!

Published twice (June and December) annually, Democracy and Development: Journal of West African Affairs is the flagship publication of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD). First conceived and launched in the late 1990s, the journal, after taking the West African development cosmos by storm, went into a yearslong hiatus in order to rethink its raison detre and retool itself to meet the challenges of a sub-region in the throes of rapid change. This year, Democracy and Development has been relaunched and is available on a dedicated website ( 

While it sports a new format, the journal’s dedication to informed commentary on the dynamic interaction of democracy and development in the West African sub-region and beyond is unchanged. Democracy and Development is committed to being the hub for sophisticated analyses of issues affecting democratic and developmental evolution in West Africa, and welcomes essays and reviews from scholar-practitioners on issues under this broad rubric.

Democracy and Development is edited by US-based sociologist Ebenezer Obadare, with support from a star-studded editorial board, including Wale Adebanwi of the University of Oxford, United Kingdom; gender expert and UN advisor, Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi; Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, Executive Director, WASCI, Ghana; Nic Cheeseman of the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom; and Carl Levan of the School of International Service, American University, Washington, D.C., United States of America. Others are Boubacar N’diaye of Wooster College, United States of America; Matthew Page of Chatham House; Dzodzi Tsikata of the University of Ghana; and Zainab Usman, Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank.

In focusing on the interaction of democracy and development in West Africa, the journal specifically aims at illuminating the practical problems that have inhibited democratic reforms. To this end, it seeks to bring attention to reportage and analyses of conflict and peace-building, innovative programmes and activities that drive good governance, capacity building and public policy research in democracy, and security and development in the region. In this way, Democracy and Development reinforces CDD’s commitment to framing the discourse and encouraging engagement on socio-political and economic issues that continue to impinge on democracy and development in West Africa.

Currently, Democracy and Development is welcoming contributions for its December 2020 edition on the theme of “Viral States: Pandemics, Politics, and Policy in West Africa”. The deadline for submission of articles for the December 2020 editor is October 15, 2020. All enquiries on this edition of the journal, or other issues related to publishing in the journal, should be forwarded to the editor at:

We are glad to be back!

Idayat Hassan, Director, Centre for Democracy & Development