Unlocking the potential of research and innovation for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

What do we do?

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:

  • Universities’ publicly available research is disseminated to a broader audience.
  • The South African government can access relevant research at no cost.

How do we do this?

  • Our online platform identifies open access SDG-relevant research published on universities’ institutional repositories. A text classification tool identifies the SDGs to which the research responds. Interested policymakers are directed back to the originating repository for the full article.
  • Our SDG networking events include public lectures and seminars and are aimed at creating opportunities for face-to-face engagement between researchers and policymakers.
  • Our SDG briefing notes disseminate relevant research in an accessible format. We have already released a number of briefing notes. From 2020 onwards invited researchers from across South Africa’s 26 public universities will draft briefing notes on topics of relevance.

Why do we do this?

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 InitiativeCentres of Excellence, the Academy of Science of South Africa and the South African Young Academy of Science.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

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.

Our Partners:

We take great pride in the relationships we have built with our partners. Without their support the SA SDG Hub would not be possible.
United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network logo
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network admitted the South African SDG Hub, via the University of Pretoria’s Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership, as one of its members.
The South African government's Department of Science and Technology supports the South African SDG Hub in making South African sustainable development innovations available.
The Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership at the University of Pretoria hosts the South African SDG Hub.
The South African SDG Hub is one of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation’s Global Partnership Initiatives.
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The library of the University of Pretoria is regarded as one of the best university libraries in South Africa. It provides a comprehensive information service for the University's students and staff members.