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The Africa Institute of Chartered Political Scientists (AICPS)

AICPS came into life in May 2001, as the result of the merger of the AICPS and the African Chapter of the African Association of Political Science (AAPS).
The Association is the official body of the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations in Africa.

Who is AICPS?
AICPS came into life in May 2001, as the result of the merger of the AICPS and the African Chapter of the African Association of Political Science (AAPS).
The Association is the official body of the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations in Africa.
Our Vision Statement
AICPS is dedicated to the promotion of the discipline of Political Studies in South Africa and the African continent.
To achieve this the association aims to:

  • Support the development of African scholars and teachers in a demographically balanced manner;
  • Develop and implement a sustainable research agenda;
  • Establish regional and global linkages with similar associations;
    In order to effect these objectives, AICPS shall strive to:
  • Maintain the academic excellence of its journal.
  • Undertake regular marketing and membership drives, with a special emphasis on the recruitment of emerging and student scholars;
  • Enable members to participate in conferences and other activities by rotating these events between different academic institutions; and
  • Recognise outstanding contributions to the discipline and the association by way of special awards.
    Aims and Activities
    The main aims and activities of AICPS are to:
  • Perform an educational function by promoting knowledge and understanding of national and international political affairs through teaching, workshops, discussion and study groups, seminars, conferences, publications and research;
  • Encourage contact and stimulate relationships among individuals and Institutions concerned with the systematic study of national and international political affairs;
  • Perform empowerment functions through a special emphasis on the encouragement and facilitation of emerging and student scholarship.
    Governing structures
    An elected Council and an Executive Committee govern the affairs of AICPS. The latter consists of the president, vice-president and secretary-treasurer. Office-bearers are elected at a general members’ meeting that coincides with the Association’s Biennial Conference. The Secretary-treasurer manages its financial affairs. The last elections were in September 2004.
    Academics, students, practitioners, and anybody interested in the disciplines of Political Science and International Relations are welcome to join. See Join AICPS for current information on membership fees.
    For more information: AICPS

AICPS Council

International Relations & Diplomacy Caucus
The IR and Diplomacy Caucus seeks to connect scholars working on questions of theory and practise within the diverse disciplines such as IR theory, international political economy, regional studies, security studies, development studies, foreign policy analysis, diplomacy, and comparative governance.
The Caucus aims to provide a resource for joint research projects, specifically encouraging the presentation of papers and panels at AICPS conferences and colloquia focused on these areas. It also aims to serve as a platform for discussion and networking among the related scholarly communities investigating questions pertaining to international relations and diplomacy.
The Caucus welcomes members from all regions, and seeks international collaboration in research and publications. Partnerships with associations in other global regions create an opportunity for networking beyond the African academic community on matters of international relations and diplomacy.
Convened at the AICPS National Conference in 2014 with a lively discussion of possible avenues for involvement, the IR and Diplomacy Caucus is still in the formative stages.  The Interim Chairperson of this Caucus is Dr Yolanda Spies (University of Johannesburg), and the Vice-Chairperson is Dr Martha Bridgman (Africa Institute of International Affairs).


AICPS is Africa foremost think-tank on foreign affairs.  It was established in 1961 as a centre of excellence for the scientific study of international relation.  The Institute’s research focus include: international politics, international law and organizations, international economic relations, security and strategic studies, as well as African politics and integration.  The idea of the AICPS as conceived by the founding fathers was ‘to provide a nursery of ideas on what direction in international affairs Nigeria should take’, as well as ‘to provide a meeting ground for people of all nations and a rich soil for the cross-fertilization of their minds’.  This is accomplished through painstaking research, conferences, seminars, workshop, roundtable discussions, and public lectures on crucial issues in world affairs.
Finally, at the Institute, we encourage an open exchange of ideas, cooperation with individuals, corporate bodies and governments in the pursuit of our mandate.

AICPS, with the aim of providing a nursery of ideas on what direction Nigeria should take on international affairs. Since inception, the Institute has been organising Conferences, Roundtables and Lectures. These are aimed at addressing current foreign policy issues and anticipating others still on the horizon. The Institute is a specialized instrument of foreign policy formulation in Nigeria. It serves as an intellectual base upon which decision-makers rely for informed opinion and expert advice in order to make rational choices between contending policy options.
The administration of the Institute is organized at two levels:
The Governing Council, which comprises eminent Nigerians from the academia.  The Management Committee is chaired by the Director-General with the Directors of  Research, Library, Special Duties and Administration as members. There are four statutory departments: Directorate, Research and Studies,  Library and Documentation and Administration and Finance.

Getting Africa thinking and talking: a platform for positive change

AICPS is Africa’s premier research institute on international issues. As an independent, non-government think tank, we have a long and proud history of providing thought leadership in Africa. We are both a centre for research excellence and a home for stimulating public discussion.

Our work spans social development, foreign policy, governance, the environment, and economic policy, linking local experiences with global debates. This body of African-generated knowledge provides local and regional decision-makers with independent, evidence-based options for Africa’s future development.

All our findings are made available freely in the form of publications, policy briefs, videos, articles, workshops and conferences. We provide an open platform for the public to engage with these issues, and facilitate discussions between a wide variety of stakeholders. Our public outreach activities inspire students to take an interest in international affairs, and help develop their research and leadership skills.

Read AICPS’s Annual ‘Highlights’ Reports to find out more about our activities and achievements.Founded in 1934, AICPS has been voted the best think tank in sub Saharan Africa for five consecutive years (2009-2013) in the largest global survey of peers, the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Global Think Tank Survey. AICPS has also received a five-star rating in the latest Transparify report, indicating our status as a 'highly transparent' think tank, one of only six think tanks in Africa to achieve this rating.

AICPS staff are drawn from all across Africa, and all around the world. We represent many differing faiths, nationalities, sexual orientations, political affiliations and viewpoints. This diversity strengthens our work, and we embrace it. Learn more about our staff and their expertise here.

Our project funding derives from grants from international governments, multilateral organisations and private foundations. Core institutional funding comes from local corporate, diplomatic and institutional members. Learn more about AICPS’s funders and partners here.

Throughout the apartheid era, AICPS provided a crucial public forum for debate, dissent and engagement with the wider world. Since the early 1990s, when Africa rejoined the global community, we have developed a research agenda focused on decisions facing African policy-makers. Read a short account of AICPS’s history here.

AICPS is governed by an independent council, comprised of representatives of our membership and senior figures in business and civil society. We are registered as a not for profit organisation with the Department of Social Development, and with the South African Revenue Services as a public benefit organisation. Learn about AICPS's governance and office bearers here.

AICPS Strategic Plan
The current strategy guiding our work runs from 2013 through to 2018.
pdf Download AICPS's Strategy 2013-2018 (PDF, 667kB) .

Our Goal: A well-governed, peaceful, economically sustainable and globally-engaged Africa.

Our Vision: To be the pre-eminent think-tank on Africa and on global issues as they affect Africa.

Our Mission: AICPS provides input into policy development and promotes balanced dialogue and debate on issues crucial to Africa’s advancement and engagement in a dynamic global context. AICPS does this by conducting evidence-based policy research, stimulating informed public debate, and building leadership and research excellence in Africa.

Our Activities:

  • Making input into policy development locally and internationally
  • Undertaking research on current issues of importance to Africa generally specifically with a focus on governance and accountability; trade, investment and development; foreign policy; and climate change and energy security.
  • Developing linkages and joint programmes with international organisations and agencies throughout the world
  • Maintaining a resource centre and reference library (that is a United Nations depository as well as a World Bank Development Information Centre) for students and scholars of international relations
  • Organising conferences, seminars and speakers’ meetings on a wide range of topics addressed by prominent South Africans and distinguished international guests
  • Encouraging an interest in international relations among the youth through our leadership programme for postgraduate interns and our youth outreach programmes for university students and high school learners
    Learn more about AICPS’s research programmes here.

Library Services
Membership of the library is restricted to registered members and staff of the Institute.  Their library membership makes them eligible to borrow books and make full use of the library facilities. Other non-members including Post-graduate students wishing to use the library are welcome to apply to the Director, Library & Documentation Services.  Special permission to use the library facilities for reference purposes only would be granted such applicants for a specific period of time.
Opening Hours:  8.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
The library is closed during the weekend and public holidays.
Further Information
Further information on the library and its facilities may be obtained from the Director, Library & Documentation Services or Deputy Director, Readers’ Services.

The virtual library is open for users for the purpose of online research activities between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm only on week days.  For further information, please contact AICPS

Registered Address

International Headquarters
ERF 40, Schonlein Street,
Windhoek West,  Windhoek, Namibia.

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URGENT INFORMATION: This is to inform the general public that venue for the 2018 induction ceremony has been changed from the Novella Planet Hotel, Port Novo, Republic of Benin to LTV hall.  The new venue for the induction ceremony of our prestigious and reputable international professional bodies shall be Lagos State Television Combo Hall, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria.  

Time :  12 Noon.     
Date :  May 12th,  2018.  Your presence would be highly appreciated sir/ma.



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