Background


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 South African Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub (SA SD KH) seeks to better the uptake of appropriate evidence by overcoming these barriers.

 

Concept


The SA SD KH is the first African platform that connects development actors with research and innovations 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 link existing research and innovations with the SDGs, Agenda 2063 and the NDP and to share the research and innovations with development actors. By doing this, the SA SD KH wants to provide development actors with access to potentially transformative evidence, whilst maximising the impact of African research and innovations.

The beta version of the South African Sustainable Development Knowledge Hub (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. Figure 1 provides a graphic representation of the SA SD KH’s core process.

 

Our methodology


The SA SD KH methodology

 

The Hub contains two sources of evidence.

It contains, firstly, peer-reviewed research made available by institutions on their institutional repositories. These articles were identified by using 401 search terms gleaned from the SDGs. By the end of the year web traffic will be redirected to the originating repositories. We’re currently prototyping the Hub, and thus we’re only using research from four South African institutional repositories, and it amounts to the full texts of 621 items.

The Hub, secondly, also contains a further source of evidence, namely home-grown sustainable development innovations. These innovations were developed in Africa, and are similarly tagged in terms of SDGs.

  

Our partners


The SA SD KH is hosted at the University of Pretoria. It is developed with the support of the university’s Faculty of Theology and its Albert Luthuli Centre for Responsible Leadership. The SA SD KH is developed in close collaboration with Future Africa an initiative aimed at enabling and leveraging transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world. It focuses on issues of critical relevance to Africa: from sustainable development and good governance, citizen participation and human rights, to advancing innovation for the bio-resource economy.

 

 


 

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 as many South African sustainable development innovations available.

 

 

 

 

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