In 2011/2012 AISA was able to attract funding for research related activities from external institutions such as the DST, Standard Bank, Statistics South Africa, NRF, DTI, IMC, DAC, Erasmus Mundus, the American and French embassies and Solar Hybrid. Other non-monetary resources were attracted in the form of sponsorships to conferences and workshops, fellowships and book publications. Resources are also mobilised through the AISA flagship projects, State of Africa, Africa A-Z and Africa at a Glance, resulting in books that attract revenue to AISA. The total amount attracted for both research and consultancy amounted to R2,5 million.
A funding document for AISA’s special projects has been developed. Since the roll-out of the project management function in the research division in November 2011, the development of a funders’ database has begun. Thus far approximately ten multilateral, bilateral aid agencies, Direct Foreign Investment and charitable organisationshave been identified, looking at the types of funding they provide and some proposals have been submitted. In preparation for the new financial year, research project management is also undertaking a database project to identify the top companies (South African, regional and multinational) doing business on the African continent. AISA’s value proposition is to offer such companies in-depth intelligence on the African countries on which they are focused. It is important to maintain AISA’s research relevance by not only contributing to policy recommendations, but also by keeping our finger on the pulse of the private sector’s involvement in African tourism, trade and investment and other relevant endeavours.