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AFRICA INSTITUTE OF SOUTH AFRICA
AISA Strategic and Annual Performance Plan2013-2014
Presentation by: Dr Hlatshwayo (Chairperson of Council)Prof. Lukhele-Olorunju (Interim CEO) Mrs. Maritz (CFO)17 April 2013
Table of ContentsSlide 4 Mission and VisionSlide 5 About AISASlide 6 AISAs MandateSlide 7 AISAs ObjectivesSlide 8 AISAs Aspiration and PromiseSlide 9 AISAs Strategic ObjectivesSlide 10 Divisions within AISASlide 11 Documents and AgendasSlide 12 SWOT AnalysisSlide 13 Proposed Solutions to ChallengesSlide 14 Focus of Research AgendaSlide 15 Broad Thematic PrioritiesSlide 16 Key Business Drivers Slide 17Research AgendaSlide 18 Implementation StrategySlide 19 T1: Projected OutputsSlide 20T1: Projected Outputs
Slide 21Summary of Outputs 2012/13Slide 22 T2: Governance and SecuritySlide 23T3: Governance and SecuritySlide 24T4:Sustainable DevelopmentSlide 25T5: Science and Technology Slide 26 Flagship Publications: State of AfricaSlide 27 Flagship Publications: Africa at a GlanceSlide 28 Flagship Publications Africa A-ZSlide 29 AISA Young Graduates & Scholars: AYGSSlide 30 Africa ExpoSlide 31 Scramble for Africa SymposiumSlide 32 Archie Mafeje Memorial LectureSlide 33 Influence of AISA ResearchSlide 34 Influence of AISA ResearchSlide 35 Book ProjectsSlide 36 AISA PartnersSlide 37Partnerships
Table of ContentsSlide 38GIS Geo-PortalSlide 39CartographySlide 40Library and Documentation ServicesSlide 41Photo LibrarySlide 42Photo LibrarySlide 43Photo - librarySlide 44Financial InformationSlide 45Resource AllocationsSlide 46Expenditure BudgetSlide 47Expenditure BudgetSlide 48Expenditure TrendsSlide 49Expenditure TrendsSlide 50Expenditure Trends Slide 51 Cost Savings and InitiativesSlide 52Cost Savings and InitiativesSlide 53The Way Forward 2013/14Slide 54Thank you
AFRICA INSTITUTE OF SOUTH AFRICA
To produce relevant research products aimed at informing sustainable political and socio-economic development in Africa.
An indispensable African voice on African affairs
Development through Knowledge
The Africa Institute of South Africa is a Science Council governed by the AISA Act (Act 68 of 2001) and mandated to produce knowledge aimed at informing sustainable political and socio-economic development in Africa. AISAs vision is to be An indispensible African voice on African Affairs and our 2011-2015 Research Agenda is Seeking solutions for Africas developmental challenges. The institute is currently ranked 5th think-tank in Sub Saharan Africa in the 2012 GLOBAL GO-TO THINK TANKS rankings of the Leading Public Policy Research Organisations in the World.
AISAs MandateAISAs mandate is derived from the AISA Act 68 of 2001, which establishes it as a statutory body aimed to:
Provide research and policy development support in its pursuit of programmes that contribute to the development of the African continent,
Conduct research and embark on training programmes that foster continental patriotism and that promote increased awareness and understanding of the African continent among the peoples of South Africa and across the globe and
Establish and participate in and maintain networks in Africa and globally which will contribute to the peace, development and prosperity of the continent.
The AISA Act No. 68 of 2001 states that AISA shall pursue the following objectives:
Promote knowledge and understanding of African affairs through leading social scientists acting in concert and across various disciplines and through training and education on African affairs,
Collect, process and disseminate information on African Affairs, give effective advice and facilitate appropriate action in relation to the collective needs, opportunities and challenges of the continent and
Promote awareness and consciousness of Africa at grassroots level.
AISAs Corporate Values are embedded in the acronym PRIDE, which elaborates as:
Participation Responsibility Integrity Development Excellence
AISAs Aspiration and Promise
AISAs Strategic ObjectivesProduce and encourage knowledge production and dissemination on African affairs.
Increase the reservoir and quality of researchers.
Build the AISA image and increase our visibility.
Develop a performance led culture within AISA.
Improve the control and governance environment and compliance to legislation.
Divisions within AISAResearch: organised in 3 Programmes;Sustainable DevelopmentGovernance and SecurityScience and Technology Support Sub-UnitsGISCartographyOutreach and International LiaisonPublicationsLibrary and Documentation Services (LDS)Corporate AffairsHuman ResourcesFinance, Administration and IT
Documents and Agendas influencing the formulation of Strategic and Annual Performance PlansAISA Act No. 68 of 2001National Research and Development StrategyDSTs 10 Year Innovation PlanDST Human and Social DynamicsPFMATreasury RegulationsLabour LegislationGood Corporate Governance StandardsObjectives of the AUMillennium Development GoalsGrowth of the South-South RelationsGlobal interest in AfricaNational Government PrioritiesNational Development Plan
StrengthsOpportunitiesIn existence for over 50 years Extensive library collection Recognised brand among academia, government officials and general publicAccredited peer reviewed journalImproved stakeholder relationsProfessional networks of African expertise Redefined strategic visionAdaptable to changeImproved internal control environmentImproved alignment of outputs and business objectives as well as compliance with legislation and good business practicesIncome generation, become more self sustainingInfrastructure developmentImplementation of a shared vision and cultureMarket the scope of mandate, outputs and products more extensivelyStaff developmentIncreased research collaborationsIncreasing goodwill from stakeholdersIncreasing international interest in AfricaWeaknessesThreatsLack of effective visibilityInsufficient IT and asset infrastructureLimited capacity to manage extensive stakeholder relationsHigh dependence on Parliamentary GrantIncreasing number of actors and competitors in the African research arenaPossible loss of independence: threats of incorporationInadequate focus through trying to do too muchChallenges of retaining high calibre staffIncrease in demand for upgraded IT infrastructure and technological enhancements
Proposed Solutions to AISA ChallengesDelineate AISAs niche as dictated by its legislative mandate and location within the DST.
Implement recommendations cited in the 2010 Institutional Review relating to improving research capacity, funding from government, cooperation with like-minded institutions and good management.
Develop a clear communication and marketing strategy that will ensure that AISAs products and services are visible and attractive to all its stakeholders and widely accessible to policy-makers and decision-makers.
Identify and partner with other similar research and governmental organisations in order to have a better impact.
Source for financial support to augment Parliamentary Grant.
Focus of Research AgendaSeeking solutions for African challenges and sustainable development through the lens of government and DST priorities,
Adding value and contributing towards policy formulation and decision-making locally and regionally to assist African governments in meeting their objectives and,
Placing South Africa firmly on the continent, focusing on integration in terms of problem-solving and working on finding common solutions to common problems as espoused in governments desire for a better Africa and a better world.
Broad Thematic PrioritiesBroad thematic priorities that address challenges common to all Africa states include:
Africas development state: improvement of public services, health care and access to quality education,
Cohesive and sustainable communities void of conflict, crime and corruption and
Sustainable resource management and use, rural development, food security and land reform.
Key Business Drivers of Thematic PrioritiesThe South African government priorities (2009-2015):EducationEmployment CreationHealthRural DevelopmentSafety and Security
The vision of the African Union:The actualisation of human dignity,development and prosperity for the entire African people,an integrated prosperous and peaceful Africa,a dynamic force in the international arena.
Research AgendaSeeking solutions for Africas developmental challenges.Our focus over the next 12 months will include a vigorous approach to ensure visible deliverables of our Research Agenda:
The rise of insurgency in AfricaInequality and the quality of growth in Developing CountriesThe AU interventions in conflict statesPost 2015 Millennium Development goals for the continentThe AU efforts at growing Inter-African TradeSouth Africa and BRICSRenewable Energy and Climate Change
AISA will continuously scan the African and global environments to ensure that studies of contemporary issues are conducted and immediate policy advice provided to the relevant institutions. Knowledge on African affairs will also be made available to the general public to generate a greater interest about Africa in the country.
Implementation Strategy for Research AgendaAISA will identify relevant research projects every year through a consulta