The Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) is a Science Council governed mainly by the AISA Act (Act 68 of 2001) and the Public Finance Management Act (Act 1 of 1999). The Institute has been mandated to produce knowledge aimed at informing sustainable political and socio-economic development in Africa. The objectives of AISA are to place 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 government’s desire for a better Africa and a better world.
AISA research outputs take various forms, and include publications in its accredited journal – Africa Insight – books and edited volumes, policy papers, special research projects and consulting.
The Africa Institute of South Africa Research Agenda 2011–2015 is “Seeking solutions for Africa’s developmental challenges.”
This Research Agenda is implemented in three different research programmes, spread across two cohorts namely Social Sciences and Natural Sciences headed by two Directors of Research respectively, under divisional head Executive Director of Research.