With this first issue of the African Journal of Social Transformation, a new scholarly publication enriches the African academic panorama. The African Journal of Social Transformation (AJST) is a publication of the School of Arts and Social Sciences of Tangaza University College, Nairobi, Kenya. AJST appears at a crucial moment, when social transformation Africa is becoming more and more relevant. It is enough to realize how many colleges and universities are now offering courses on social transformation. Tangaza University College, hopefully soon to receive its Charter, has always placed much importance on social transformation. The Institute of Social Ministry, founded in 1994, is wholly dedicated to integral human development, hence transformation. Also the other schools and institutes of Tangaza University College make a point to have social transformation at the heart of their teaching. AJST appears only on-line. This was a choice much discussed in the past years. Publishing a Journal is an onerous enterprise. There are no financial benefits and publishing a printed version of AJST would drain important resources. Past experiences also suggested that distributing a printed journal in Africa would pose serious difficulties, thus impairing the circulation of valuable material. Our aim, instead is to make African research available to African scholars and beyond. AJST comes in a simple format. At the same time, we wish to apply the highest level of professional standards, starting from the peer review mechanism. Each article will be reviewed by experts in the field and receive final approval by the editorial board. In this first issue, we present four original papers. Dr Pierli and Prof. Selvam present their view of Social Transformation in Africa today. Dr Ronzani’s article was written in occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Institute of Social Ministry in Mission in 2004. The article was never published and we present it today because the theme is still current. Also, it is a symbol of the scope of AJST: to publish investigation, researches and theories about Social Transformation from the widest possible perspectives. Dr Kitonga’s article tackles the issue of developing human capital and organizational performance in Not-for-Profit Organizations, an issue coming under the magnifier lens in recent times. AJST is starting its publication aware that the journey will be long and that will shape the journal though its experiences. The first Editorial Board comprises lecturers from the School of Arts and Social Sciences of Tangaza University College. This Board is bound to change with time. On the one hand, it will attract new people as to express the diversity of gender and competence needed to strengthen the journal. On the other side, AJST has contacted an international team of academics and practitioners who will join its international board from the next issue. AJST wishes to ask future contributors to send their articles following the guidelines proposed within this site. We start a journey that we hope will be fruitful not only for our academic institution but also for Social Transformation in Africa.
Fr Joseph Caramazza, PhD