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Africa Institute of South AfricaPresentation to the Science and Technology Portfolio Committee, Parliament, Cape Town12 October 2011ByDr Matlou Chief Executive OfficerAnd Mrs Maritz Chief Financial Officer
Purpose of the PresentationTo present on the AISA Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements 2010-2011
AISAs Vision and Mission VisionAn indispensable African voice on African Affairs.
MissionTo produce relevant research products aimed at informing sustainable political and socio-economic development in Africa.
Position StatementDevelopment Through Knowledge
Brand PromiseAfrica's knowledge resource
IntroductionPolicy and commitment :AISA is an organ of state governed mainly by:AISA Act (Act 68 of 2001)Public Finance Management Act (Act 1 of 1999)
AISAs Current Research AgendaAfrican Continental Integration- 2008-2011
AISAs MandateAISAs mandate is derived from the AISA act (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 institute pursues three 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 Objectives
Divisions within AISAResearch: organised in 5 units, namely;Peace and SecuritySustainable DevelopmentGovernance and DemocracyScience and Technology, andKnowledge Transfer and Skills Development PublicationsLibrary and DocumentationOutreach and International LiaisonCorporate Affairs Finance and AdministrationHuman Resources
AISA ManagementDr Matlotleng Matlou Chief Executive OfficerVacant Executive Director ResearchProf Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju Director Research: Natural SciencesProf Narnia Bohler-Muller Director Research: Social SciencesMr. Solani Ngobeni Director PublicationsMs. Elsie Maritz CFOMs. Ingrid Canham HR ManagerMs Cecilia Silolo-Tshishonga - Corporate Affairs Manager
AISA 2010-2011 AISAS ACHIEVEMENTS IN DELIVERING ON ITS MANDATE
Research Output 2010/2011
i. Governance and DemocracySeeks to promote and encourage the institutionalization and entrenchment of democracy and governance fundamentals as a basis for integration. Work focuses on: International partnerships with Africa including Brazil/ China/ India/ Russia/USA- Africa, PRAU/IGD/AISA /DBSA/ BRICS through DIRCO and AU; Auditing the African Peer Review Mechanism processes in Africa, in particular the implementation of the national plans of actions; Political leadership, parties and the sustainability of democracy in Africa; Researching key socio-political and economic issues in international relations and cooperation and how these affect South Africa, Southern Africa and the African continent.
RESEARCH THEMATIC UNIT i. Governance and DemocracyProjects undertaken 2010/2011:
The Role of South Africa in African Continental Integration
Assessing the AU Industrialization Plan Through A Linear Model: In the Case of Mineral Industrialization
Results:3 journal articles, 5 policy briefs and presentations at national and international conferences/seminars. Unit briefed various government organizations on transformation of the PAP and Zimbabwe political impasse. Two interns were capacitated by the unit.
RESEARCH THEMATIC UNIT ii. Peace and SecuritySeeks to promote Africas Peace and Security Agenda, in view of the continents aspirations to create stable, peaceful and enabling environments for sustainable development. Focus is on: Promotion of democratic processes for conflict prevention and management; Conflict prevention, management and resolution mechanisms at national, regional, continental and international levels; Migration and security; Crime and human insecurity and its impact on regional integration; and Management of trans-border resources and implications for regional security.
RESEARCH THEMATIC UNIT ii. Peace and SecurityProjects undertaken 2010/2011:Central Africas evolving natural resource management paradigm: The case of the Congo Basin Rainforest and implications for Peace and Security in the Sub regionThe nexus of social capital and national reconciliation in Burundi and its implications for human security in the Great Lakes region.Results:4 journal articles, 6 policy briefs, book chapter in the Nile River book project and presentations at national and international conferences/seminars. Unit gave lectures at the SANDF and SAN War Colleges on Multi-lateral Organizations: The African Union and Regional Security.One intern was capacitated from this unit.
iii. Sustainable DevelopmentIn line with Africas commitment to promote peoples empowerment as a basis for its development, this unit promotes grassroots driven, equitable and inclusive use and management of resources (both renewable and non-renewable) with a focus on: Development of common standards for the access, exploitation, management and sustainable use of all resources; Monitoring performance in terms of commitments to empowerment e.g. Millennium Development Goals; Indigenous knowledge systems and appropriate technologies for beneficiation processes; Options for the empowerment of critical actors in development in particular the youth and women, and Examination and development of proposals for poverty intervention strategies.
RESEARCH THEMATIC UNIT iii. Sustainable DevelopmentProjects undertaken:
Informal trading networks: a loose canon, or circuits of integration from below? The case of Cameroon/Nigeria informal trade interfaceIndigenous rights and the influence of the new Kenyan constitution on Indigenous development.
Results:4 journal articles, 4 policy briefs and presentations at national and international conferences/seminars. Policy briefs on Mubarak and Indigenous People of Lamu District, Kenya attracted attention from DIRCO, Egyptian and Kenyan embassies.One intern was capacitated by this unit.
iv. Science and TechnologyAISA seeks to spearhead work towards the development and advancement of Africas science and technological platforms as a basis for the pursuit of its common aspiration for sustainable development through: Supporting processes towards harmonization of regulations that promote the application and safe use of technology; and promotion of the development of centres of excellence in science and technology; Promoting the development of frameworks that protect intellectual property in Africa, particularly the Pan African Organisation of Intellectual Property; Facilitating frameworks for technology sharing, transfer and adaptation among and across African countries, and Monitoring the implementation of Science and Technology plans by the relevant ministries and departments.
RESEARCH THEMATIC UNIT iv. Science and TechnologyProjects Undertaken 2010/2011 :
Determining Africas future energy needs, production, demand and investment requirements through system dynamics.The value of spatial based-analytical tools (GIS and Remote Sensing) in understanding the impacts of the agrarian reform on food security in the SADC region. Special focus on South Africa and Zimbabwe.AISA/Standard Bank Seminar Series projects.
Results: 4 journal articles, 5 policy briefs and presentations at national and international conferences/seminars.Unit concentrated on the Energy Transition in Africa book project with the target of having it published for 2011 COP 17 together with the IGD and UNISA book projects.One intern was capacitated by this unit.
RESEARCH THEMATIC UNIT v. Knowledge Transfer and Skills DevelopmentFocus was on:Internal AISA Flagship projectsInternship ProgrammeFellowship ProgrammeAISA Young Graduates ScholarsAISA Campus Lecture SeriesSA Campus Lecture SeriesArchie Mafeje Memorial LectureScramble for Africa Conference
Results:7 interns mentored and 7articles published , 4 Fellows appointed, 61 participated at AYGS Conference, 505 attended seminars delivered at 5 universities, 71 attended the Archie Mafeje Memorial lecture held at WSU and a successful international conference on Scramble for Africa held in Pretoria.
Special Projects and InitiativesElectoral monitoring project (Sudan Referendum)Women and Defence ( financially supported conferences organised by DoD) Support to SADC Armed Forces ( Lectures at SAND and SAN War Colleges )North Africa Project ( organised conference and reviewed book chapters)Nile River Project (organised conference and reviewed book chapters)The Standard Bank Project (Conducted Seminars being collated for publication in 2011) Social Science Research Council (SSRC) [HIV/AIDS Book Published ] AISA AutobiographyGrowing partnerships (Worked closely with DIRCO, DST, NRF,