The Institute for Security Studies (ISS)

The Institute for Security of Studies (ISS) is the Africa Portal's latest content partner. The ISS is a pan-African applied policy research institute headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa with offices in Cape Town, South Africa, Nairobi, Kenya and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The ISS is an established think tank working in the area of African human security. It seeks to mainstream human security perspectives into public policy processes and to influence decision makers within Africa and beyond. The objective of the Institute is to add critical balance and objectivity by providing timely, empirical research and contextual analysis of relevant human security issues to policy makers, area specialists, advocacy groups, and the media.

Vision Statement

As a leading African human security research institution, the ISS works towards a stable and peaceful Africa characterized by sustainable development, human rights, the rule of law, democracy, collaborative security and gender mainstreaming. The ISS realizes this vision by:

  • Undertaking applied research, training and capacity building;
  • Working collaboratively with others;
  • Facilitating and supporting policy formulation;
  • Monitoring trends and policy implementation;
  • Collecting, interpreting and disseminating information;
  • Networking on national, regional and international levels.

Mission Statement

To conceptualize, inform and enhance the debate on human security in Africa in order to support policy formulation, implementation and decision making at all levels.

Core Values

The core values of the ISS are: Sustainable Development; Democracy; Human Rights; Rule of Law; Collaborative Security; and Gender Mainstreaming.