African Arguments is a pan-African platform for news analysis, comment and opinion. We seek to analyse issues facing the continent, investigate the stories that matter, and amplify a diversity of voices.

It is an editorially-independent platform brought to you by the Royal African Society (RAS) and was co-founded with The World Peace Foundation and International Africa Institute.


Who funds African Arguments?

African Arguments is supported by the RAS. However, it has also received a number of grants over the last 4 years +. These include the following:

  • Open Society Initiative (Site overheads 2011 – 2014)
  • Miles Morland Foundation (African Journalism Fund 2015-)
  • Humanity United (Making Sense of the Sudans 2014 – 15)
  • United States Institute of Peace (Nigeria Forum 2014 – 15)
  • Expertise on Central Africa (Central Africa Forum 2015)

How can I write for African Arguments?

Anyone can write for African Arguments. Our only requirement is that the work fulfills our high standards for publication. All submissions should be sent to the editor, James Wan: editor[@]

Do you have guidelines for submissions?

Yes, but these can be flexible. The most important thing is to communicate with the editor before submission. In general, the editor will advise that you do the following:

  • Write something that is around 800 to 1,200 words.
  • Write in a ‘journalistic’, rather than ‘academic’ style. Avoid using jargon. Explain complicated concepts or references.
  • Write for an African or broadly ‘international’ reader in mind.
  • More detailed guidelines are available on request.
  • Articles are published on a Creative Commons licence.

Do you pay?

Yes and no. African Arguments has a commissioning budget, but money is more readily available for those who write on specific countries/regions, or those who have a specific professional background.

First, a central aim of African Arguments is to support high quality journalism, and professional writing more generally, from African countries. We do this through the African Journalism Fund (AJF), which is a ring-fenced part of our budget that can only be used to commission writers who both work in and are from an African country.

We have a small commissioning budget for freelance journalists. However, it is not sufficient to pay all freelancers who approach us with an idea. We don’t ask people to write for free (unless they offer), so only a small number of our articles are written by freelancers. In this case it is usually articles that, for whatever reason (usually length or subject matter) would not get published if we did not offer.