We provide leaders with access to the most relevant research on the Sustainable Development Goals.

What do we do?

The South African SDG Hub aggregates the best and most relevant South African research related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our machine-learning-based classification tool automatically classifies research in terms of one or more SDGs. The Hub is hosted by the Albert Luthuli Leadership Institute at the University of Pretoria.

Have a look at our platform for our extensive research database.

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

In 2015 leaders representing 193 countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its SDGs. With its goals, 169 targets and more than 240 indicators, many say the SDGs constitute the world’s most ambitious set of development goals yet. The goals cover everything from eradicating poverty through to ensuring food security, protecting biodiversity, building resilient infrastructure and fostering responsive institutions.

Achieving these ambitious global goals requires creating dramatically new forms of efficiency, and enabling and taking to scale game-changing innovation. This is why the SDGs emphasise the importance of technology in achieving their targets. The importance of using technology to accelerate development is also echoed in the African Union’s Agenda 2063, South Africa’s National Development Plan, as well as in the African Union’s Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024) and South Africa’s White Paper on Science, Technology and Innovation.

The SDGs cover the following:

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 GIZ is a key supported of the South African SDG Hub's work.


The South African SDG Hub is one of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation’s Global Partnership Initiatives.


The library of the University of Pretoria is regarded as one of the best university libraries in South Africa. It provides a comprehensive information service for the University's students and staff members.