ICASSA was established to coordinate the exchanges, seminars and research activities for China Africa Studies that began in 2007 and focuses on two main objectives.
- Strengthen academic and strategic linkages including joint research and exchanges; and
- Strengthen private sector collaboration and opportunities, and address challenges to this sector through practical support.
In 2013, SARDC ICASSA implemented two projects funded by the China-Africa Joint Research and Exchange Programme of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The first was a research paper on “Drawing Lessons for African Integration from Accelerated Development in China”, which was very well received, and the second was a China-Africa Symposium held in October 2013 in Harare, Zimbabwe – the 7th annual symposium.