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

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:

SDG 1: No poverty
SDG 2: Zero hunger
SDG 3: Good health and well-being
SDG 4: Quality education
SDG 5: Gender equality
SDG 6: Clean water and sanitation
SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy
SDG 8: Decent work and economic growth
SDG 9: Industry, infrastructure and innovation
SDG 10: Reduced inequalities

SDG 11: Sustainable cities and communities
SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production
SDG 13: Climate action
SDG 14: Life below water
SDG 15: Life on land
SDG 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions
SDG 17: Partnerships for the Goals

They are interconnected and are implemented in terms of national development priorities. In South Africa, the National Development and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 guide the implementation of the SDGs.


The South African SDG Hub supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by enabling access to relevant, useful and reliable knowledge resources, providing policy advice, promoting dialogue and building capacity.

We build active partnerships with all actors in academia, government, the private sector and civil society interested in sharing their expertise or resources towards implementing the SDGs.

Our users are leaders in government, the private sector and civil society


The South African SDG Hub’s primary goal is to impact positively on South African policy making and policy implementation related to the SDGs. We seek to reach this goal by:

  1. Sharing relevant, useful and reliable knowledge.
  2. Providing policy advice.
  3. Facilitating dialogue between South African actors responsiblefor the implementation of the SDGs.
  4. Building capacity amongst South African leaders in government,the private sector and civil society to implement the SDGs.

Work streams

The South African SDG Hub has four work streams:

1 — Knowledge sharing
Relevant, useful and reliable knowledge is shared by means of an open access platform with SDG-relevant peer-reviewed research, innovations, reports and news

2 — Policy advice
The Hub seeks to impact positively on SDG-relevant policy making by producing policy briefs and by connecting government partners with researchers and/or research centres of excellence.

3 — Dialogue promotion
Regular roundtables are aimed at promoting dialogue between academic disciplines, sectors and line ministries on SDG-relevant themes.

4 — Capacity building
The Hub seeks to contribute to building capacity to implement the SDGs by means of short courses and by supporting dedicated degree programs.


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.

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.