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Institute for Security Studies

PO Box 1787
 Brooklyn Square

Tshwane (Pretoria)
 0075
South Africa
Tel: +27 12 346 9500/2

Fax: +27 12 346 9570
Website: www.issafrica.org

Institute for Security Studies

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) was founded in 1990 in Pretoria. In the early 1990s the focus of the ISS was on the transformation of the armed forces, the biggest threat to democracy in South Africa. In the latter part of the 1990s the focus changed to rising crime and the response of the criminal justice system to these trends. The ISS currently has four divisions that contribute to human security not only in South Africa but also in various parts of Africa

Today the ISS has staff of around 160 people from 17 African countries across four offices spread out over the African continent. Its objective is to add critical balance and objectivity by providing empirical research and contextual analysis of relevant human security issues to policy makers, area specialists, advocacy groups and the media. 

HSF South Africa has been a long-standing partner of the ISS and particularly supports the Governance, Crime and Justice Division. The Division works to improve public policy and increase knowledge about crime, crime prevention and the performance of the criminal justice system in South Africa. This is done by monitoring social trends and policy developments, conducting in-depth research, disseminating credible and relevant information and analysis and providing specific expertise. The Governance, Crime and Justice Division publishes the South African Crime Quarterly and developed the Crime & Justice Hub, an interactive online tool that provides information and analysis on crime statistics for South Africa.

HSF also supports the African Futures project, implemented by the ISS. 

The African Futures Project is a collaboration between the Institute for Security Studies, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and is supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The Pardee Center is the home of the International Futures modeling system, an integrated approach to exploring and understanding human development and the broad implications of policy choices. The ISS and the Pardee Center leverage each others’ expertise in order to provide forward-looking, policy-relevant material that frames uncertainty around human development in Africa. Trends analysed by the project are largely human development issues, such as population growth, economics, infrastructure, agriculture and governance, amongst others. 

In 2013, the African Future project focuses on South Africa. South African data from various national and international sources, which has been validated in collaboration with experts from the authorities and the scientific community, is currently being entered into the International Futures model. The material that will be available through the model is expected to support the implementation of the National Development Plan and its Vision 2030.

Several policy briefs, videos and publications have so far been produced in the framework of the project. These can be accessed here

Video Feature: The African Futures Project

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