Welcome to The Saharan Journal

The Saharan Journal will be returning in 2024, with a renewed research focus. First published in 2019, we looked to explore the dynamic relationship between culture and development in Africa. Going forward, we will be looking at the impact of rapid technological advancement on Development in the Global South, with a particular focus on AI. Development is a multi-dimensional process focused on changing structures, attitudes and institutions to accelerate economic growth, reduce inequality and eradicate absolute poverty. Our new focus has come to prominence with the rapid profusion of AI-based technologies in the marketplace over the past year, and an understanding of its potential medium- to long-term impacts on development is now an urgent and pressing need. We propose to engage in further research and discourse on how new tech advancements impact on pertinent development issues like inequality, global catastrophes, food security, social/cultural structures, health outcomes, government and regulation.


The Saharan aims to fulfill the need for academic writing that meets rigorous criteria of editorial filtering in terms of originality, vision, impact, structure, and style. The reviewing process is overseen by the editors of the journal, and is subject to a strict qualitative assessment that meets the approval of the editorial board, and fulfills the submission guidelines. The editorial and advisory board are made up of high-ranking academics, scholars and specialized practitioners with a wealth of experience in academic work on Africa and elsewhere.

The Saharan seeks to engage outstanding authors, academics, artists and all other pertinent contributors to African dominion. Ultimately, the journal is committed to fostering a nonpartisan venue that challenges established views and perceptions of Africa whilst promoting flawless frameworks for representation and interpretation.

CALL FOR PAPERS: We have issued a new call for papers, available below, which reflects the updated focus of the journal, and are pleased to invite writers to submit their papers for review and publication. We accept manuscripts related to technological advancement and its impact on Development in the Global South.

The Saharan files to download:

Dele Bello-Williams

Janani Chitra Rajendran

Prof Rajkumar Singh
Mandal University, India
Prof Derek Charles Catsam
University Of Texas, US
Dr Jephias Gwamuri
National University of Science and Technology (NUST), Zimbabwe
Dr Beniamino Polimeni
De Montfort University, UK
Dr Mohammad Nurunnabi
Prince Sultan University, Saudi Arabia
Dr Jamila Rodrigues
University of Roehampton, UK
Claire Wilby
Wilby Advisory, UK
Shaka Yesufu
National Traffic Police Academy, South Africa

National Institute for African Studies (NIAS)
The Saharan (Print) – ISSN 2631-3456
The Saharan (Online) – ISSN 2631-3464

Dr Lisa Jene
Dr Ekiyie Nzante
Dr Marco Martins
Dr Sukirno DS
Dr Gérard C. ZOUNDJI
Linda Were
Tebogo Lefifi
Candess Kostopolous
Erik van der Zanden
Jhayla Walls
Geofrey Oduwo
Richard Douglas Kamara
Hari Hara Sudhan Ramaswamy