Governance of the institution

The Institute is based on the Hub and Nodes model. The AIIKS has its Hub at the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS), at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), South Africa.  The CIKS is a Centre of Excellence (CoE) funded by the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) through the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa.  The CoE consortium consists of five (5) higher education institutions in South Africa, namely University of KwaZulu-Natal (CIKS hub), North West University (NWU), University of South Africa (UNISA), University of Limpopo (UL) and University of Venda (UNIVEN). 

  The AIIKS Nodes include the following Higher Education and Autonomous Research Institutions within and outside the African continent.  The majority of the AIIKS member institutions are located in least developed countries in Africa.

No.Centre/UnitParent InstitutionCountryFocus Areas
1DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS) (HUB)University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)South AfricaInterdisciplinary Research in Indigenous Knowledge Systems
2IKS-Mwalimu Julius Nyerere Chair (IKS-MJNC) (NODE)University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM)TanzaniaLanguages and Culture
3Institute of Traditional Medicine (ITM) (NODE)Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS)TanzaniaTraditional Medicine
4National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR); Department of Traditional Medicine Research (NODE)Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MoHCDEC) TanzaniaTraditional Medicine

5Faculty of Science (FS) (NODE)Eduardo Mondlane University (EMU)MozambiqueInterdisciplinary Research in Indigenous Knowledge Systems
6National Institute of Traditional and Integrative Medicine (NITIM) (NODE)Ministry of HealthMozambique

Traditional Medicine
7Centre of Excellence in Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management (CoEB) (NODE)University of Rwanda (UR)RwandaIKS and Bio prospecting
8Huye Biotechnology Laboratory (HBL) (NODE-Jointly with CoEB)University of Rwanda (UR)RwandaMedicinal plants and ethno-pharmacy
9The Centre for Conflict Management (CCM) (NODE)University of Rwanda (UR)RwandaJustice, Peace, Security and Home-Grown Solutions
10The Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS) (NODE)Cote d’IvoireInterdisciplinary Research in Indigenous Knowledge Systems
11ISAD (Institute of Anthropological Development Sciences) UFR (Training and Research Unit) SHS (Human and Social Sciences) Research of Human Society and Science Unit (ISAD-UFR-SHS) - (Archaeology Heritage, Memory, Culture, History, Identities) of SCALL Doctoral School (NODE)Université Félix Houphouët-BoignyCote d’Ivoire

Archaeology Heritage, Memory, Culture, History, Identities
12Agence Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique Appliquée (ANRSA) (NODE) Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI)Senegal

Interdisciplinary Research in Indigenous Knowledge Systems
13Pharm-Biotechnology and Traditional Medicine Centre (PHARMBIOTRAC) (NODE)Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST)UgandaPharm-Biotechnology,Traditional Medicine, Natural medicine -cosmetics and beverages
14Department of Food Technology and Nutrition (DFTN) (NODE)Makerere University (MU)UgandaFood Technology and Nutrition
15African Leadership and Management Academy (ALMA); an affiliate college of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) (NODE)National University of Science and Technology (Bulawayo)(NUST)ZimbabweGovernance and Leadership
16Multi-disciplinary Research Centre (MRC) (NODE)University of Namibia (UNAM)NamibiaTraditional Medicine
17School of Natural Sciences (SNS)
University of Zambia (UNZA)ZambiaInterdisciplinary Research in Indigenous Knowledge Systems; Intangible Cultural Heritage; Plant Natural Products
18Office of the Registrar Research and Extension (NODE)Kisii University Kenya
19Africa Multiple Cluster of ExcellenceUniversität Bayreuth /University of BayreuthGermanyAfrican studies, Research Sections (RSs): Moralities, Knowledges, Arts and Aesthetics, Mobilities, Affiliations, and Learning.