New Agenda is the flagship publication of the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) a Cape Town-based think-tank and policy research institute.

The journal encompasses South African, African and international developments in social and economic research and policy. We aim to provide high-quality pertinent information and analysis for people in government, academia and civil society. We are dedicated to promoting democratic participation in economic, social and political life. 

New Agenda is listed in the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Index of Approved South African Journals. In terms of a 2023 Memorandum of Understanding with the University of the Western Cape (UWC), the Institute for Social Development (ISD) at UWC will, in future, be providing an academic home for New Agenda. The aim is to broaden editorial governance, automate peer review processes, and use digital platforms to expand readership of the magazine.

Now an Open Access, digital journal, you can see the current and previous issues of New Agenda here

From now on, all contributions to New Agenda will be processed on the OJS/PKP platform hosted by the UWC Library.

Submit an article

Please register as an author to submit an article and follow the prompts to make a new submission.

  • Academic articles are 4,000 to 5,000 words
  • Book reviews are 800 to 1,200 words
  • Opinion pieces/comments are welcome for the ‘activist’ component of New Agenda  

New Agenda is a hybrid journal located at the interface between academic research and policy debates and interventions. Published quarterly for over twenty years, it has always sought to play a constructive role in the development of our country, our continent and our global community.

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