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African Institute of South Africa

Who we are

The Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) undertakes basic and applied policy-relevant research that focuses on the development challenges and opportunities facing the African continent. It seeks to provide leadership and harness African agency in the drive for the transformation of African societies into dynamic, peaceful, prosperous spaces. Founded in 1956 and incorporated into the HSRC in 2014, AISA takes its lead from Agenda 2063, Africa’s strategic framework that aims to deliver on its goal for inclusive and sustainable development. Agenda 2063 supports the pan-African drive for unity, self-determination, freedom, progress and collective prosperity. AISA’s work is also guided by South Africa’s National Development Plan: Vision 2030, the Department of Science and Innovation’s Strategy for Africa, and the Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s African Foreign Policy objectives. The institute is a hub for Africa-centred knowledge production, policy engagement, and implementation support. It is a catalyst for transformation and convenes African scholars, practitioners, policymakers and civil society to amplify African voices and to build capacity and train young scholars, future leaders and women in Africa.

What we do

The Africa Institute of South Africa undertakes basic, applied and comparative research devoted to the study of Africa and African Diasporas. The centre also collaborates with and provides research-based policy advice to African multilateral organisations on public affairs. Its projects create platforms for dialogue, research dissemination, and capacity building through interventions such as the African Unity for Renaissance Conference, the African Young Graduates Conference and the Archie Mafeje Memorial Annual Lecture. AISA’s key stakeholders include the African Union, the United Nations, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Southern African Development Community, government departments, universities, science councils and civil society. AISA supports the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement. The African Union and South Africa have prioritised regional integration as a means for growing intra-African trade and Africa’s economies. AISA has produced reports on science diplomacy in Africa, alcohol abuse in Mpumalanga and is working on a baseline study for food and nutrition security in South Africa. The institute also produces policy advice and has held engagements on violent extremism in southern Africa.

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