Contemporary Issues on Micro and Small Business Development in Africa

Call for papers for: African Journal of Economic and Management Studies

Guest Editors:

Munacinga Simatele, University of Fort Hare, South Africa

Syden Mishi, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Forget Kapingura, University of Fort Hare, South Africa

James Copestake, University of Bath, UK


This special issue focusses on a pertinent but less studied field of micro and small business development. It solicits original work on formal and informal contexts in Africa, interrogating deeply and widely the institutional set-ups and conduct of micro and small business which goes beyond the prevalent focus on access to finance. We ask the following questions:

1.  What are new and emerging theories that can help explain this phenomenon using Afrocentric propositions?

2.  Is the current conceptualisation aligned with the contemporary landscape, nature and behaviour of micro and small businesses in Africa?

We welcome submissions to this special issue. Topics covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Rethinking definition and measurement of micro and small businesses
  • The impact of Informal finance on micro and small businesses
  • Reimagining the theoretical underpinnings of micro and small businesses
  • Formality-informality nexus in micro and small business development
  • Micro and small businesses and inclusive growth
  • Micro and small business development and innovation (including digitalization)
  • Micro and small businesses and the creation of decent work
  • Micro and small businesses, migration and social protection.


Deadline and Submission Details

The submission deadline for all papers is 30 June 2021.

The publication date of this special issue is early 2022.

To submit your research, please visit the Scholar One manuscript portal.

To view the author guidelines for this journal, please visit the journal's page.


Contact the Guest Editors:

Munacinga Simatele
University of Fort Hare
[email protected]

Syden Mishi
Nelson Mandela University
[email protected]

Forget Kapingura
University of Fort Hare
[email protected]

James Copestake
University of Bath
[email protected]