The Maria Sybilla Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa (MIASA) is dedicated to the topic of ‘sustainable governance’. Governance we define as the interplay of informal and formal rules for steering public affairs, embedded in social, material and cultural practices of everyday life. MIASA’s three research foci are: sustainability transformation, sustainable conflict management and sustainable democracy.

Overarching aims of MIASA are to work towards a reduction of global asymmetries in knowledge production, and to bridge the cultural divide between anglophone and francophone Africa. MIASA will serve as a hub for exchange, collaboration, and networking amongst leading researchers from Germany, Ghana, the African continent and beyond. It will also offer ample funding opportunities for early career researchers.

MIASA is based on the beautiful campus of the University of Ghana, Legon (Accra), with a secondary site located at the Centre de Recherches sur les Politiques Sociales (CREPOS) in Dakar, Senegal. It is thus the first IAS in Sub-Sahara Africa outside of South Africa.

Andreas Mehler, Director of the Arnold Berstraesser Institute, is President of the Executive Council of MIASA and the the initiator of the project. In the context of MIASA, delegations from Africa will visit the ABI on a regular basis. The picture shows Patrick Ferdinand Ayeh-Kumi, Julius Fobil and Ebenezer Oduro Owusu from the University of Ghana visiting the ABI in March.

MIASA’s programmes are funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, while its local staffing, administrative and operational costs are borne by the University of Ghana. After a preliminary phase (2018-2020), German funding on an even more substantial scale is set to continue for another ten years of operation and transition (2020-2030), after which the University of Ghana (UG) will take full financial responsibility for the institute.

Futher information: www.mias-africa.org

The MIASA Inaugural conference will take place on 27 and 28 September at the University of Ghana in Accra. Find further information here.