The Hub is currently in its beta phase. This means that we’re engaging potential users on its usability and relevance, with a view to updating and expanding the Hub towards the end of 2017. Follow us on social media for regular updates.

The initiative

IMG_3193The 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 African and custodian of South Africa’s National Development Plan. The aim of the SA SD KH is simple: to assist South African policy-makers and development partners with implementing the African Union’s Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We want to do this by linking you with the most recent and accessible research on the topics covered by Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Hub is intended to benefit policy-makers and development partners as well as researchers. It provides policy-makers and development partners with access to the most recent relevant South African research, and in this way it contributes to increasing the impact of South African research.

Have a look at the Contact us page for more info on the coordination of this initiative. To stay up to date with news and featured articles, follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page. If you’re interested in submitting your own research, have a look at this page.

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.

Our methodology

We collect all recent publicly available research produced at South African universities that deal with implementing elements of Agenda 2063’s Aspirations and the SDGs. We fid these articles by applying 401 search terms to research produced from 2014 to 2016. Of particular importance are articles that are technically accessible, and that focus on implementation.

The Hub currently contains the full texts of 621 items.