Press Release: Grant by the African Conflicts Facility of the Government of Finland
The Government of Finland has awarded the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) a grant of â‚¬ 440 080 (ZAR 4 180 000) to monitor, track and analyse conflict trends in Africa for the period of 2007-2008. The agreement signed on 6 March 2007 by the Finnish Ambassador to South Africa, HE Heikki Tuunanen, on behalf of his government, and Dr Jakkie Cilliers, the ISS Executive Director, will support the activities of the African Security Analysis Programme (ASAP) to track, monitor and analyse threats to human security in Africa. The ISS was one of five African NGOs that this year received grants from the African Conflicts Facility established at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland in 2006 to undertake work in conflict prevention, crisis management and related peacebuilding activities in Africa.
ASAP, the early warning unit of the ISS, aims to contribute to African and international efforts at the prevention, management and resolution of African conflicts and crisis situations by providing independent, timely and in-depth analysis of threats to human security in key countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.
The programme assists decision-makers, donors and other stakeholders to formulate informed policies for effective conflict prevention, management and resolution by providing them with informed, timely and relevant analysis that would include options for action.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Mr Pertti Anttinen, Counsellor at the Finnish Embassy in Pretoria, and Dr Wafula Okumu, Head of the African Security Analysis Programme at the ISS.
Issued by the Institute for Security Studies
6 March 2007