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Enhancing Science Partnerships for Innovation and Sustainable Development


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Ambassador for the Year of Science

Science Network

Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA)

The mission of the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) is to produce relevant research products aimed at informing sustainable political and socio-economic development in Africa.

AISA was established in 1960 as a non-profit organisation. Today it is a statutory body governed by the Africa Institute of South Africa Act, 2001 (Act No. 68 of 2001). Although the institute has been in existence for more than 51 years, this Act saw it being brought into the fold of science councils in South Africa and given the full support of the Department of Science and Technology.

South Africa and Africa have undergone fundamental changes in the past decade and AISA has been at the forefront of research and training on African affairs. The AISA campus offers an annual training programme that educates students from universities in research methodologies, through which AISA has contributed to fostering a new generation of research specialists. AISA has also been able to produce some of the finest research on contemporary African affairs by having its dedicated and highly qualified researchers conduct field research every year throughout the African continent. This means that all research output is based on first-hand empirical evidence.

AISA has also become involved in community outreach programmes by doing all it can to provide maps and other resources to underprivileged schools in rural South Africa. AISA has undertaken to promote knowledge creation as a fundamental part of development and growth for Africa and aims to encourage research as a career choice for young people as they leave school.

As Africa changes and development becomes ever more important, especially in the globalised world economy, AISA will continue to produce research of the highest standard. By working with the best researchers and guided by the highest standards, AISA will contribute to development and knowledge creation for all Africa.