The South African SDG Hub has one objective: to connect South African policymakers with the best and most relevant South African research related to the SDGs. We are proud of the mandate given to us by the Department of Science and Innovation to do precisely this.
Our service benefits both South African universities and the South African government:
We believe that our location in South Africa’s capital gives us the responsibility to connect policymakers with researchers from across the country. The University of Pretoria’s investment in the Future Africa campus is a tangible sign that the university takes this responsibility seriously.
We base our work on existing platforms such as universities’ institutional repositories, and networks such as the South African Research Chairs Initiative, Centres of Excellence, the Academy of Science of South Africa and the South African Young Academy of Science.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a universal call to form partnerships to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The SDGs build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals and cover the following:
The Hub is housed in the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible at the University of Pretoria. UP provides office space and administrative support. The South African SDG Hub is co-ordinated by Prof Willem Fourie, with the support of an operations assistant. Prof Derick de Jongh, Director of the Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership, provides institutional oversight. A team from the University of Pretoria’s Department of Library Services.
An Advisory Board with representatives from the South African government, multilateralorganisations, development partners and academia meet four times per year and provides strategic advice.