The African Institute for Economic Development and Planning promotes a comprehensive inter-sectoral approach to development planning and programming taking into consideration sectoral interdependence in the form of input-output relationships, with regard to material production and also to social, political and ecological factors. It emphasizes: the mobilization and utilization of internally available resources as a means of realizing the continent's goal of sustained and [self-reliant] economic and social development; economic cooperation at both the subregional and regional levels; and aims also to build up and consolidate the planning and policy design machinery and its capabilities in all African economies. The main activities are: (a) training of senior-level African development economist and planners (general diploma programme, short-term specialization programmes dealing with priority sectors, and research training); (b) research on economic development issues management and planning; (c) consultancy and advisory services; (d) workshops, seminars and conferences; and (e) documentation and publications.
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.