(i) The Ambassadorial Forum
The Ambassadorial Forum is a flagship programme of the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), hosts in partnership with the City of Tshwane. The purpose of the forum is to bring together the diplomatic community, public and private, academics, students and public at large to discuss contemporary issues on global and African affairs. The Fora serves as an outreach mechanism for sharing information, deepening awareness and encouraging debate on global and African affairs. One such forum was held at the University of Pretoria in June 2016. It hosted the Ambassador of Algeria who made a presentation focusing on South Africa-Algeria areas of collaboration in science and innovation.
(ii) The Anti-Racism Dialogues
(iii) The African Unity for Renaissance Conference (AURC)
The AURC is one of AISA’s flagship projects that it organizes bi-annually in collaboration with other partners in the sector. Its overall aims and objectives are:
(a) To seek solutions for African challenges and sustainable development;
(b) To add value and contribute towards policy formulation and decision-making locally and regionally to assist African governments in meeting their objectives; and
(c) To place South Africa firmly on the continent, focusing on integration in terms of problem solving and working on finding common solutions to common problems as espoused in the government’s desire for a better Africa and a better world.
In 2016, the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (TMALI) in partnership with AISA, the Department of Science and Technology, National Research Council, ICSU, University of Johannesburg, Tshwane University of Technology, BrandSA, City of Tshwane hosted the AURC conference at St Georges Hotel & conference Centre (Pretoria). The conference was attended by close to 120 participants from 12 countries namely, South Africa, Ethiopia, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Zimbabwe, India, Russia, America, Jamaica & the UK. The event had Media coverage including: Interviews with – SABC news 404; Channel Africa; SAFM & Zim FM. It was impressive to witness how the conference as a whole encouraged intra African academic engagement through the scholars that were represented. A follow-up AURC is planned for early 2017. Watch this space!
(iv) Archie Mafeje Memorial Lecture
Commemorating the achievement Professor Archie Monwabisi Mafeje a well re-known academic and an intellectual whose achievement as reflected through his wealth of publications and conference papers. The Archie Mafeje Memorial Lecture seeks to perpetuate Mafeje’s legacy of critical and engaged scholarship in support of progressive agendas of social transformation in the developing world.
(v) Africa Day and Expo
The Africa day conference is a gathering of the most fundamental and proactive exchange of knowledge through AISA and other development agencies/organizations in Africa. The Africa Expo is an educational support project initiated by the AISA and supported by partners. As a platform for presenting tangible access to relevant information about the entire continent, The Africa Expo will aim to network with influential government departments, corporates and personalities and it is unmatched with its quality of academic, cultural and entrepreneurial content.
(vi) AISA Young Graduates and Scholars (AYGS)
Annual Young Graduates and Scholars (AYGS) conference is a research capacity building programme. The programme endeavors to sensitize young graduates and emerging scholars from historically disadvantaged universities to share information and knowledge to advance socio-economic development and to create awareness about the continent. Thus serve as a milestone in encouraging intellectual excellence and creativity by young and emerging social science scholars in South Africa and the rest of the African continent. In 2016, the 10th Africa Young Graduates and Scholars (AYGS) conference 2016. The conference was held at the University of Limpopo from the 14th to the 17th of March 2016 under the theme: “The Africa we want”. Quality papers were presented and AISA will publish electronically a selected number of the papers into a peer-reviewed book. Presentations on fellowship programmes that the AYGS participants could consider for building themselves up academically were also made by various organization. A follow-up AYGS conference is planned for early 2017. Watch this space!