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Africa Institute of South AfricaPresentation to Science and Technology Portfolio Committee, Parliament, Cape Town19 October 2010ByDr Matlou Chief Executive Officer
Purpose of the PresentationTo present on the AISA Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements 2009-2010.
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 the grassroots level.AISA: Objectives
Divisions within AISAResearch: organised in 5 units, namely;Peace and SecuritySustainable DevelopmentGovernance and democracyScience and Technology, andPolicy Unit PublicationsLibrary and DocumentationOutreach and International LiaisonCorporate Affairs Finance and AdministrationHuman Resources
AISA ManagementDr Matlotleng Matlou Chief Executive OfficerDr. Monica Juma Executive Director ResearchDr. Thokozani Simelane Acting Director ResearchMs. Segametsi Molawa Director LDSMr. Solani Ngobeni Director PublicationsMs. Elsie Maritz CFOMs. Ingrid Canham HR ManagerMs Nadema Jainoo - Corporate Affairs Manager
AISAS ACHIEVEMENTS IN DELIVERING ON ITS MANDATE
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/ Japan/ Turkey/ USA- Africa, TICAD, Africa-G8, etc. through NEPAD; 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;The role of triple bottom economic, environmental and social issues for business in Africa; and The role of the Diaspora in the promotion of Africas governance and integration agenda.
RESEARCH THEMATIC UNIT i. Governance and DemocracyProjects undertaken 2009/2010:
The nature and role of South Africa engagement in the reconstruction of Zimbabwe
Enhancing governance through information Technology
Africa in search of alternatives to current governance models and practices
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 UNITS ii. Peace and SecurityProjects undertaken 2009/10:
Evaluating the capacity of Africas multilateral agencies in dealing with conflict and crisis
Enhancing post conflict recovery and reconstruction
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 2009/10:
Assessing regional integration (Continuation from 2008/9)
Informal trade: Integration from below?
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 2009/10 :
Expanding the understanding of Africas urban dynamics
Investigation of the levels of food security in urban areas of major cities of Africa
Establishment of the Science and Technology Advisory Team.
RESEARCH THEMATIC UNIT v. Policy UnitFocus was on:
Internal AISA programmesInternship ProgrammeFellowship ProgrammeAISA Young Graduates Scholars AISA Guest Lecture Series
Externally driven knowledge transfer/capacity building initiativesThe Gulf of Guinea DirectorateSouth Africa-Nigeria 10 yearsAnnual DIRCO ConferenceDepartment of DefenceSupport to Universities
SPECIAL PROJECTS AND INITIATIVESElectoral monitoring projectWomen and Defence Support to SADC Armed Forces Support to rest of AfricaSupport for AU Gender PolicyNorth Africa Project The Standard Bank Project Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Archie Mafeje LectureState of AfricaAISA AutobiographyGrowing partnershipsRussian Academy of African Affairs at AISAOther research-related activitiesConferences :ECCAS, Leipzig panel, ISSCResearch SeminarsEngagement with the Media
PUBLICATIONS DIVISION Primary Function: Publish Research output of AISA throughThe Accredited Journal: Africa Insight . 4 Volumes/ year :(Africa Insight 39)
Books: From AISA research projects, peer reviewed (2 Published in 2009/10)Africa at a glance: Facts and Figures 2008-2009 (Elize van As)Unequal Peers: The Politics of Discourse Management in the Social Sciences (Pearl Sithole).
Reports Zimbabwe Conference Report
Occasional Conference Papers (4 Published in 2009/10)
MonographsPolicy Briefs : intended for Policy makers and interest groups (28 published in 2009/10).
LIBRARY & DOCUMENTATION SERVICES Focus on:Expanding Library holdings (67,158 books, 18,494 Journals, 4644 Ref collection, 4,706 Archives collection)
Providing efficient &effective services to clients: Academics, Embassies , Corporates, Individuals, Students, Government , AISA researchers& other .
Creating increased awareness of AISA mandate, products and services Hosted 3 SeminarsLDS Outreach Programme to Schools ( 121 Schools)Development of Web GIS/Geoportal for AISAAfrica Geo Info Research Network (AGIRIN) project.Maps CollectionAfrica Fast Facts and Africa in Focus map postersAfrica at a Glance.
CORPORATE AFFAIRS, OIL Focus on Developing Partnerships, Hosting events and engaging with the Media.
Developing Partnerships:AISA/ CoT Ambassadorial Forum SeriesInvestment opportunities in African Cities (Kigali, Kinshasa)So what is new after Lisbon?The Role of African Women as Mothers &LeadersAfrica and the EU
Co-hosted events: AISA/IDEA: Presentation on Barack Obamas foreign policy towards Africa: Challenges &Prospects for continent.AISA/Ebukhosini Solutions: The Islamisation & Arabisation of Sudan- A threat to Africa. AISA/ NEPAD/ CoT/DAC/ Northern Flagship Institution : Culture in Education (Africa Day)
CORPORATE AFFAIRS, OIL (Cont.) AISA/Standard Bank: Transnational Communities in AfricaAISA/ DIRCO: 10th Anniversary of Diplomatic relations between South Africa and Nigeria.