Call for Papers for Special Issue


COVID-19 and Regional Development [Economic and Social Development] in Africa

It is a well-established notion that promotion of regional development resulting into higher degree of economic development is a sin-quo-non for every country or region irrespective of developed, developing and least developing economies. The African region is no exception to this notion. There is a greater room for accelerating the pace of growth and development in African region. This concept is valid and more relevant for ongoing economic and social development [two faces of the same coin] of African region.


The present crisis of COVID-19 may have far reaching and direct bearing effect, impact and implications to African region, especially those economies which are facing disastrous crisis of COVID-19 in the region. Naturally the movement of goods and services are being drastically affected, resulting into unbearable effect on African region.


Therefore, it is timely imperative and topical to ask the academic community, planners, policy makers and professionals across the world in general and African continent in particular to explore and examine the critical issues which are directly and indirectly related to the effect, impact and implications of COVID-19 on African region.


As the Regional Economic Development Research [REDR] is  an international, specialized, multidisciplinary, and peer reviewed journal, it may serve a better cause in regard to assessment of the effects, impact and implications of COVID-19 on different facets of African region especially comparison among FOUR regions of Africa [North, South, East and West]. The effects, impact and implications are not for just for a short time. They will continue for many years to come. There is a possibility that the COVID-19 may also affect economic and social para-meters of the African regions in coming years.


The following are the topics for the examining the effects, impact and implications of COVID-19 on different components of African Region. The preference or emphasis should be on “Inter-regional and Intra-regional studies and Economic Vis-à-vis Social”. There is a possibility that the authors may also select topics not mentioned below. But the contributors must ensure that contents and spirit should be adhering to on theme of the Special issue "COVID-19 and African Regional Development".


The following topics may be covered by the prospective authors:

African region: pre and post emerging trends

Balance of Payments (BOP)

African Trade and Agreements

FDI and its pattern of inflows before and after COVID-19

Role MNCs/TNCS in minimizing the effects

Changing role of economic Cooperation after COVID-19

Role of Global Institutions;

Health care

Rising economic and social costs

Macroeconomic Policy Responses to COVID-19

Growth Forecast and the COVID-19

Sectoral impacts, responses and recommendation

Firm-Level Behavior in Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Labor Markets during the Covid-19 Crisis

Lockdown, pandemics and quarantine

Consumer Spending Responses to the Covid-19

Education Sector


Deadline for submission of papers: 25th November, 2021.

Publication of Special Issue: 25th December, 2021.

The papers should be between 8000-10000 words. The Manuscript may be sent to the Guest Editor whose email IDs are as under:

Or send to journal E-mail:



Publication Timeline

Submission deadline: 25th November, 2021

Preliminary assessment: 1 week

Peer review: 4-6 weeks

Final decision on revised manuscript: 2 weeks

Production for online publication: 1 week