The Africa Institute (AI) for the Environmentally Sound Management of Hazardous and Other Wastes is both a Basel Conventioni Regional Centre (BCRC) and a Stockholm Conventioni Regional Centre for English speaking African Countries . It has been established as an intergovernmental organization based in Pretoria, South Africa and began operating in October 2009. As an intergovernmental organization the Africa Institute is governed by Council comprising all the countries that have ratifiedi and established the agreement. There are now eight countries that have ratified the Africa Institute agreement, namely: Botswana, Lesotho, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa and Zambia.
The AI provides training, capacity building, awareness raising, information exchange, and any other function that member countries may assign to it regarding environmentally sound management of chemicals and hazardous wastes and other wastes.