An intuitive and innovative online resource
The South African Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub (SA SD KH) has unveiled an intuitive and user-friendly sustainable development search platform – an African first.
The SA SD KH connects development actors with research and innovation relevant for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other development goals and visions. It partners with like-minded institutions in order to collect, tag and share relevant research and innovation with development actors. In doing so, the SA SD KH provides development actors with access to potentially transformative evidence, whilst maximising the impact of African research and innovations. The new SA SD KH site is available at www.SASDKH.org.
Linking development actors with relevant evidence
The implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and national development plans require access to high-quality evidence. African researchers and innovators have never been in a better position to provide development actors with the requisite evidence, as African research productivity and innovation output continue to increase.
Yet, linking development actors with potentially transformative evidence remains a challenge. The timely availability of relevant evidence, appropriate application strategies and the absence of dissemination channels are key barriers. The SA SD KH seeks to better the uptake of appropriate evidence by overcoming these barriers.
Sharing African research and innovations
The beta version of the SA SD KH was launched in March 2017 by Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency of South Africa and custodian of South Africa’s National Development Plan.
Its new site was launched on 27 June 2017 and includes access to research and home-grown innovations. Its social media channels provide a weekly showcase of South African sustainable development research and innovation. This is done on Facebook and Twitter.
Experts from academia, the United Nations, African Union, the South African government and South African development partners act as the Hub’s first cohort of advisors.