The proposed Research Agenda for the period 2011-2015 will be entitled: SEEKING AFRICAN SOLUTIONS FOR AFRICA’S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, with three related priority research themes addressing Africa’s developmental state; cohesive and sustainable communities void of conflict, crime and corruption; and sustainable resource management and use. Research conducted by AISA would be disseminated in high impact, quality journal articles, policy briefs, books and media appearances that serve the needs of the public sector (policy makers and practitioners), the private sector and AISA’s local and international customers.
It is acknowledged that full attention would be given to the core business of AISA, namely research. To this end, more funding would be sourced to improve the research capacity. Furthermore, research policies, guidelines, processes and procedures would be reviewed / developed to ensure alignment with the proposed research agenda. In focusing on its core business – as recommended by the 2010 Institutional Review and Fikeni’s Benchmarking Report – AISA would be able to meet the expectations of all shareholders and play a major role in contributing towards developing an integrated approach to the sustainable development of Africa and South Africa.
The proposed research agenda will allow AISA to meet its vision of becoming an indispensable African voice on African affairs, by producing relevant research products aimed at informing sustainable political and socio-economic development in Africa.
Thematic Research Priorities
AISA’s desire to addressing African challenges, through a multi-disciplinary approach and integrated problem-solving strategies, lends to a new research agenda that will:
- Focus on seeking African solutions for African challenges and sustainable development through the lens of government and DST priorities;
- Add value and contribute towards policy formulation and decision-making locally and regionally to assist African governments in meeting their objectives; and
- Place SA 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.