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Perspectives Occasional Paper Series

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Perspectives is an occasional paper series published by the Alliance for African Partnership in collaboration with Michigan State University Press. Each volume of the publication is an edited collection of scholarly “thought pieces which are short, critical reflections providing insights on priority development challenges related to Africa and Africa’s place in the broader global context. Each volume includes multidisciplinary and transdisciplinary perspectives around a chosen theme related to AAP’s six priority areas: agri-food systems, culture and society, health and nutrition, education, youth empowerment, and water, energy, and environment as well as AAP’s three pillars: building bridges, transforming institutions, and transforming lives. The goal of Perspectives is to contribute to thought leadership and global dialogues around positively transforming institutions and livelihoods in Africa and beyond. 

Perspectives is typically published 1-2 times per year. The AAP directors serve as editors for the overall series, but each volume also has guest editors with expertise in the selected theme.

Publication and distribution: Perspectives is published by the MSU Press and distributed using a creative commons licensing and will be freely available to the public by download on the website. Print-on-demand copies of the publication will be available for purchase online by the general public; discounted rates are available for selected individuals and institutions by contacting the Perspectives team via email at aappublications(at)

Perspectives Vol 1: African Universities and the COVID-19 Pandemic is now live on Project MUSE!


Follow the link below to read:

Project MUSE - Alliance for African Partnership Perspectives-Volume 2, 2023: Race, Ethnicity, and Higher Education in the African Diaspora (


Our current call for thought pieces is now closed.