South Africa

Institute for Security Studies.

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) is an African organization which aims to enhance human security on the continent. The vision of the ISS is a peaceful and prosperous Africa for all its people. The mission and overall goal of the ISS is to advance human security in Africa through evidence-based policy advice, technical support and capacity building. The ISS is registered as a non-profit trust in South Africa, is accountable to a board of trustees and has a total staff complement of around 109 persons from 12 African countries. The ISS head office is in Pretoria, South Africa; and regional offices are located in Nairobi, Kenya; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Dakar, Senegal.

The ISS pursues its vision and mission through the work of the four divisions: Governance, Crime and Justice that aims to promote democratic governance and reduce corruption; Conflict Prevention and Risk Analysis that aims to help prevent conflict and improve state capacity for risk analysis; Conflict Management and Peace Building that aims to enhance effective conflict management and peace building by assisting Governments and relevant regional and international institutions and Transnational Threats and International Crime that aims to combat transnational threats and international crimes by enhancing the ability of African inter-governmental organizations, national Governments and civil society. The ISS does independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy analysis and advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance. In addition, the ISS runs several projects including the African Centre for Peace and Security Training in Addis Ababa, African Futures, gender mainstreaming, and an internship programme to build the capacity of young African researchers.

The Institute for Security Studies hosted a Challenges seminar in 1999 focusing on ‘Building Stability in Africa: Challenges for the New Millennium’. ISS co-chaired a working group and hosted a workshop for the development of the Challenges Forum Study ‘Considerations for Mission Leadership in United Nations Peacekeeping. Finally, the ISS co-chaired the working group on ‘Impact Assessment and Evaluation’ for the report ‘Designing Mandates and Capabilities for Future Peace Operations’.