Institute for Security Studies


Institute for Security Studies

Type NGO
Wikipedia Wikipedia
Year founded 1991
Headquarters Pretoria South Africa South Africa
Functions Advocacy, Education and training, Research
Funding sources Foundations or grants, Governments or multi-govt organizations, University-funded
Tags africa peacebuilding migration development governance criminal justice maritime security crime prevention peacekeeping conflict analysis africa portal transnational crimes africa-portal
Summary The Institute for Security Studies, also known as ISS or ISS Africa (to distinguish itself from other similarly named institutes in other parts of the world), described itself as follows: "an African organisation which aims to enhance human security on the continent. It does independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy analysis and advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance." Their areas of research include transnational crimes, migration, maritime security, development, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, crime prevention, criminal justice, conflict analysis and governance. It is headquartered in Pretoria, South Africa and has offices in Kenya, Ethiopia and Senegal. In 2019, it was ranked first in Africa by the Global Go To Think Tanks Report for "Think Tanks with Outstanding Policy-Oriented Research Programs" and as the second best independent Think Tank in Africa.

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Soccer, Safety and Science: Why Evidence is Key

ISS · 24 March 2021 English

Sports-based violence prevention programmes have broad appeal, including among police, policy makers and politicians. This policy brief presents a case study of the Eyethu Soccer League, a behavioural intervention that …

Building Research Evidence that Works for Policing

ISS · 23 March 2021 English

There is almost no evidence that policing in South Africa reduces crime or improves feelings of safety. This does not mean that it has no impact. It means only that …

How Violence against Women and Children is Represented in Research

ISS · 25 February 2021 English

This policy brief presents findings from an analysis of how violence against women and children in South Africa was represented in 57 research papers. The analysis complements the work of …

Silencing the Guns can Reduce Forced Displacements

ISS · 30 December 2020 English

Armed conflict is the major driver of forced displacement in Africa and the problem is becoming more severe. How can the African Union’s Silencing the Guns initiative help deal with …

Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya: Experiences and Innovations

ISS · 28 December 2020 English

Kenya is one of East Africa’s most vulnerable countries when it comes to violent extremism and radicalisation. Both state and non-state actors have taken many measures to prevent these phenomena, …

Oil Spills in the Western Indian Ocean: National Contingency Plans Fall Short

ISS · 8 December 2020 English

Despite decades of policy work, countries party to the Nairobi Convention still have different capabilities in responding to marine pollution incidents, including equipment and personnel. During a recent oil spill …

Migration: A Critical Climate Change Resilience Strategy

ISS · 8 December 2020 English

Movement is a critical resilience strategy for communities and individuals faced with climate change. Most discussions about climate-linked migration focus on international movements; however, it is an overwhelmingly local phenomenon. …

South African Peacebuilding Needs New Purpose

ISS · 27 November 2020 English

After a period of waning influence, South Africa is beginning to reclaim its place on the world stage as a responsive and capable player on peace and security on the …

Strengthening Victim Empowerment through Participatory Dialogue

ISS · 23 November 2020 English

To improve services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, the Victim Empowerment Programme of the Department of Social Development wanted to revitalise its quarterly meetings to allow better collaboration …

Maritime Cyber Security: Getting Africa Ready

ISS · 13 October 2020 English

Africa’s future development objectives are anchored in well-functioning shipping and ports industries, whose cyber security is vulnerable to breaches and disruptions caused by deliberate and indiscriminate attacks. These industries are …

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