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Unlocking the potential of research and innovation for 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:

  • Sharing relevant, useful and reliable knowledge;
  • Providing policy advice;
  • Facilitating dialogue between South African actors responsible for the implementation of the SDGs; and

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 Leadership (ALCRL) at the University of Pretoria (UP). UP provides office space and administrative support. The South African SDG Hub is co-ordinated by Prof Willem Fourie, with the support of a part-time operations assistant. Prof Derick de Jongh, Director of the ALCRL, provides institutional oversight.

An Advisory Board with representatives from the South African government, multilateral organisations, development partners and academia meet four times per year and provides strategic advice.



Our partners



The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network recently admitted the SA SD KH, via the University of Pretoria’s Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership, as one of its newest members.




The South African government's Department of Science and Technology supports the SA SD KH in making South African sustainable development innovations available.


The Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership at the University of Pretoria hosts the SA SD KH.