Who we are
Over 300 diverse and expert analysts, academics, researchers, social scientists, strategists, statisticians and editors share their tremendous passion for all things African to make up our team.
Our team, coupled with our wealth of knowledge on and experience in Africa-related research and analysis distinguish us as thought leaders in Africa-focused intelligence.
With headquarters in South Africa and consultants spread across the African continent and abroad, IOA combines in-country presence and expertise with a holistic understanding of our local and international clientele, making IOA your definitive strategic partner in Africa.
We enable Private, Public, Donor and Civil Society Organisation (CSO) entities to make informed and calculated decisions in and on Africa through superior insight into the continent’s political, economic, financial and social affairs.
Our journey and destination
IOA* was established in South Africa in 2007 with the goal of becoming the definitive source of expert research and analysis on Africa, in Africa.
Along our journey, our mission has been to contribute in as many ways as possible to the continuing rise of Africa, to play a key role in the African renaissance, and to see Africa’s people unite and share in the riches of their land.
Our envisioned destination is to see the African continent overflowing with opportunity for its people and as a hub for innovation and development across all sectors.
*Previously Consultancy Africa Intelligence (CAI)