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.


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Willem Fourie, Associate Professor in Social Ethics at the University of Pretoria and Development Advisor to the African Union’s NEPAD Agency, coordinates this initiative. 

He is a member of the Africa Working Group on Development Effectiveness, and was a member of the AU-NEPAD delegation at the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation in 2016. He was also responsible for the initial work in establishing a Master’s Degree in Development Practice at the University of Pretoria, in collaboration with the Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice. Willem is an ethicist trained in the field of theology, and he engages in multidisciplinary research, focusing on the social requirements of sustainable and  inclusive development. It covers a range of disciplines, including ethicstheologydevelopment studies and leadership studies.


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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 SA SD KH collects all recent publicly available research produced at South African universities that deal with implementing elements of Agenda 2063’s Aspirations and the SDGs.