Institute for Security Studies - ISS
The Institute for Security Studies is an African organisation which aims to enhance human security on the continent. It does independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance.
The vision of the ISS is a peaceful and prosperous Africa for all its people. Our goal is to advance human security in Africa through evidence-based policy advice, technical support and capacity building.
The ISS head office is in Pretoria, South Africa. Regional offices are located in: Nairobi, Kenya; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; and Dakar, Senegal.
Areas of Work
ISS works in the following areas:
Governance, crime, and justice
Conflict prevention and risk analysis
Conflict management and peace building
Transnational threats and international crime
ISS is a regional partner of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), and they are currently working together on the implementation of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC). ISS is also a member of the United Nations Crime Prevention and Crime Justice Network (part of the UNODC).
The Institute for Security Studies has engaged with the African Union on various platforms. ISS was a research partner with the African Union Commission in the Year of Peace and Security in 2010. Additionally, the ISS website hosts as a repository for African Union documents, dating back to 1990. Finally, ISS collaborates with the African Union Peace and Security Council to produce a monthly report on the security challenges and opportunities that face the continent.