Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA)

The Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA) was first established in 1960 as a non-profit organization in Pretoria. AISA’s mandate is to produce knowledge aimed at informing sustainable political and socioeconomic development in Africa. AISA’s vision is to be ‘An indispensable African voice on African Affairs’ and our 2011-2015 Research Agenda is “Seeking solutions for Africa’s developmental challenges.” http://www.ai.org.za/contact

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Disrupting Cycles of Violence in Africa Unlocking Complex Dimensions of Human Security

Complex dimensions of human security is unlocked when the matrix of domination is disrupted, that feeds the systemic inequality and poverty in violence ridden societies. Self-reproducing cycles of chronic violence, driven by a multifaceted combination of structural and interpersonal factors, undermine any efforts to achieve such security. A range of negotiation processes is discussed in this...

Addressing Terrorism Threats around the Globe What Africa could Learn from some of the Recent Terrorist Attacks around the World

The recent terrorist attacks in Africa is analyzed in this policy brief, and the measures Africa should take to prevent them. It equally examines global counter-terrorism measures and it's implications for Africa. The post 1990 era, however, has witnessed an unprecedented wave of terrorist attacks that have resulted in heavy loss of lives and destruction of properties. Many of these attacks...

Governing African Extractives for Development Lessons from Ghana’s Petroleum Revenue Management Law

In order to ensure transparency, accountability and good governance, Ghana’s initiatives and its efforts to guarantee the sustainability of revenues from the hydrocarbons sector, have been largely informed by mistakes the country made in managing its own gold sector as well as the mistakes of its neighbours. The initiative not to use oil revenues for recurrent expenditures was aimed at ensuring...

Norm Revisionists, not Norm Breakers The Emerging Multipolar Landscape of Peace Operations

The ability of African countries, in the past two decades, to contribute assets to peace operations has increased to a remarkable degree. This surge is undeniably contributing in sum to stabilising different conflict areas and demonstrates the willingness and ability to take on peace enforcement mandates. Using selected field missions in Africa which manifest collective efforts in several...

Will China's Reforms Impact FOCAC?

The year of 2014 is viewed as China’s year of reforms in many respects. During the year 2015, the country’s top leaders stressed their determination to remodel China’s development from a development model that values quantity and speed to one that prizes quality and efficiency. Currently, China is experiencing a slowing economy, recording its lowest growth rate in nearly 25 years. Several reforms...

Can South Africa’s Sugar Industry Contribute to Clean Energy Supply? Lessons from Best Practices in Cogeneration

South Africa’s public electricity utility, Eskom, grapples continuously with the challenge of meeting the rapidly growing demand of electricity. Repeated bouts of load shedding have been a clear testimony to this challenge. There is a desperate need to ensure the security and reliability of the country’s energy supply in order to deal with the structural and competitive challenges which are...

Health Systems as a Neglected Developmental Pillar: The Case of Ebola in West Africa

This paper mainly highlights how health is compromised in Africa. It seeks to question and analyse the predicaments faced by a number of African countries, particularly the western region as a result of the crisis caused by the Ebola epidemic. It points to the importance of understanding the systemic and political impediments that have resulted in African health care becoming a marginalized...

The Negative Costs of Delaying the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises

France managed to stop Jihadi militants from the northern Region in their tracks after they launched an offensive bid to take over the running of Mali, under Operation Serval, whereby the African Union was caught unprepared and highly embarrassed. France’s response to the conflict was a result of the AU and the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) indecisiveness over a clear...

The Negative Costs of Delaying the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises

The African Union (AU) was caught unprepared and highly embarrassed as France, under Operation Serval, managed to stop Jihadi militants from the northern region in their tracks after they launched an offensive bid to take over the running of Mali. France’s response to the conflict was a result of the AU and the Economic Community of West African States’ (ECOWAS) indecisiveness over a clear...

Issue-Based Politics vs Personality-Based Politics A Tale of Two Nations

The question of whether the South African and American political environments have been dominated mostly by personality-based politics as opposed to issue-based politics is important to address. The argument in this paper is that although there is not a cold separation between personalities and issues, in the case of South Africa, while issues have largely defined politics, there has also been a...

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