The Secretariat of the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms Coalition (hereafter referred to as AfDec) invites African researchers, academics, journalists and human and digital rights activists to submit a synopsis of an in-depth piece that explores national and/or regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa and their impact on human rights online.
This series of articles will be published as part of AfDec’s ongoing project “Securing human rights online in Africa through a strong and active ‘African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms’ network”, which seeks to promote human rights online.
AfDec is interested in articles that meet the following criteria:
Authors are invited to submit their synopsis for an in-depth article of 2,000 to 3,000 words in length by 29 April 2020 through this link.
A total of 20 articles will be selected by a five-member editorial committee comprising AfDec members and representatives of the Southern African National Editors Forum, the ICT Policy Centre for East and Southern Africa, the Association for Progressive Communications, and the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Human Rights. In reviewing submissions, the committee will be guided by the need for wide sub-regional representation, thematic angle and linguistic diversity and inclusivity.
Decisions regarding acceptance/revision/rejection will be communicated by 2 May 2020.
Depending on the word count, AfDec will pay up to USD 700 per article. The articles will be published on the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms website. Further deadlines will be discussed once proposals for articles have been accepted, with the final date of publication scheduled for the end of June 2020.
All inquiries should be directed to AfDec Coordinator: