Collaborating for a peaceful and secure Africa


The long-standing strategic partnership between the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) was renewed this week with the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Collaboration between the institutions was formalised in 2014 when the first agreement was signed.

The MOU was signed in Addis Ababa by Minata Samate Cessouma, Commissioner for Political Affairs at the AUC and by Dr Roba Sharamo, ISS Addis Ababa Office Director and Regional Representative to AU, Horn and East Africa.
“ISS cherishes its collaborative relationship with the AU. With our partnership now reaffirmed ISS is well positioned to support the AUC in its goal to realise Agenda 2063,” Sharamo said.

The agreement enables the AUC and ISS to work together on a range of governance and human security issues, including strengthening governance, rule of law, human rights, crime prevention and justice, peacebuilding, democracy, counter-terrorism, migration, gender mainstreaming, capacity building for women’s participation in political processes and humanitarian issues.

Sharamo said ISS was looking forward to strategic engagements and collaboration with various AUC organs as well as Regional Economic Communities and Regional Mechanisms. “Through this work we can contribute to structural transformation in Africa and help achieve a more peaceful, stable and progressive continent, driven by its own citizens,” he said.

The ISS is an African organisation that partners to build the knowledge and skills needed to secure the continent’s future. It provides evidence-based research, policy advice, technical assistance and training on human security in Africa. Productive partnerships with the AUC and African governments will improve the quality of ISS research and policy work and encourage decision makers to engage with ISS’ recommendations.