This news item was originally published in the SDG Bulletin South Africa’s April 2018 edition

 

Willem Fourie

The University of Pretoria’s Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership has launched the South African SDG Hub – a resource aimed at linking South African policy makers with SDG-relevant research and innovation. The Hub, initially only an online platform, focusses on collecting, tagging and disseminating South African research relevant for the implementation of the SDGs.

A partnership with the Department of Science and Technology ensures that selected South African innovations were also featured on the online platform. The hub is looking forward to formalising its partnership with the United Nations later in the year. The SA SDG Hub is previously known as the South African Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub, which was launched in 2017 by Minister Jeff Radebe.

Based on feedback from users in government, multilateral organisations and civil society, the initiative has expanded its initial online offering. It now has four work streams:

  • Sharing relevant, useful and reliable knowledge via the online platform which provides access to recent peer-reviewed research articles relevant to the implementation of the SDGs. In collaboration with Microsoft, the University is currently exploring the possibility of improving the search function and adding as synthesis function;
  • Supporting South African researchers with providing policy advice;
  • Facilitating dialogue between South African actors responsible for the implementation of the SDGs;
  • Supporting SDG-relevant capacity building initiatives through collaborating with a new interdisciplinary postgraduate degree that equips participants with the leadership skills needed to implement the SDGs.

The Hub is co-ordinated by Prof Willem Fourie at the University of Pretoria, and its current cohort of Advisors come from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Department of Planning Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME), the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Statistics South Africa (StatsSA), the African Union’s NEPAD Agency, and selected development partners and academia.

For more information about the SA SDG Hub, please contact, Professor Willem Fourie at Willem.fourie@up.ac.za.