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This project aims to improve job absorption in the future Green Hydrogen Economy in pursuit of a Just Energy Transition as South Africa seeks to reduce its carbon emissions.
This project aims to promote short-term recovery from COVID-19 and long-term inclusive growth in African countries.
A credible, robust nuclear non-proliferation regime is essential to facilitate the peaceful use of nuclear energy. Without safe and secure handling of nuclear material, plants, reactors and waste disposal, Africa’s ability to utilise nuclear technology for its developmental objectives in Agenda 2063 and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is compromised.
This project aims to build capacity and implement new, potentially value-shifting innovations in environments of deep uncertainty through use of foresight and the building of open-minded institutional cultures in favour of learning, experimentation and proactive policy governance.
This project aims to explore the impact of large-scale adoption of Electric Vehicles (EV) and the global E-Mobility revolution on Southern Africa against the backdrop of rapid climate change and the rise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
SAIIA, in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, has recently launched a new book, 'Values, Interests and Power: South African foreign policy in uncertain times'.
The Lesotho APRM Popular Sensitisation (LAPS) Project aims to enhance meaningful participation of civil society in the country’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process, through capacity-building, fostering better knowledge of process, and developing a written submission on the key governance issues in Lesotho.
The Zimbabwe APRM Popular Sensitisation Project (ZAPS) aims to enhance the participation of civil society in the Zimbabwe African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process, through capacity-building, fostering better knowledge of the APRM and its rules and opportunities, and co-creating a written submission on the key governance issues.
The South African APRM Popular Sensitisation Project (SAPS) aims to enhance the participation of civil society in South Africa’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process, through capacity-building, fostering better knowledge of the APRM and its rules and opportunities, and co-co-creating a written submission on the key governance issues as South Africa prepares to undergo its second-generation country review.
The Botswana APRM Popular Sensitisation (BAPS) aims to enhance meaningful participation of civil society in the country’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process, through capacity-building, fostering better knowledge of process, and developing a written submission on the key governance issues in Botswana.
SAIIA’s ‘Atoms for Development’ advocacy campaign aims to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy in Africa, strengthen relevant bodies responsible for nuclear governance on the continent, improve national-level legislation on nuclear safety and security, and promote public debate on these issues.
SAIIA, with the support of the UK Department of International Development (DfID) and the Southern Africa Trust, has implemented a project that seeks to support ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) in Southern Africa. The objective of the project is to enhance the climate resilience of the Southern African region by strengthening the role of marine and coastal EbA in national climate responses.
This project is funded through the European Union Commission’s Erasmus+ programme as a Jean Monnet activity, which seeks to foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies.
The APRM Sensitisation Project in Namibia (ASPIN) aims to enhance the participation of civil society in the Namibian African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process, through capacity-building, fostering better knowledge of the APRM and its rules and opportunities, and developing a written submission on the key governance issues in Namibia.
The Malawi APRM Popular Sensitisation (MAPS) Project aims to enhance meaningful participation of civil society in the country’s African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process, through capacity-building, fostering better knowledge of process, and developing a written submission on the key governance issues in Malawi.