South Africa has strong academic institutions with a wealth of expertise. If this research is made better use of and translated into formats policy makers can easily digest, it can assist in fast-tracking the attainment of the SDGs and the national development objectives.
The South African SDG Policy Support Initiative (PSI) is a tripartite partnership between the Government of South Africa, through The Presidency, the Government of Germany (assisted by the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) and the University of Pretoria. The PSI acts as a coordinating mechanism that brings together experts from academia and the Presidency to support evidence-informed policy and decision making related to the SDGs. The PSI works directly with public universities and draws expertise from these universities and translates input into a useable format for policy makers.
During the pilot phase, the PSI, successfully completed seven projects, involving researchers from a large number of universities. The projects covered a variety of areas aligned with the Presidency’s priority areas and the SDGs and have contributed to important national policy developments and conversations. After its official launch by the Minister in the Presidency on 6 June 2022, the PSI is now undertaking a longer term initiative. Over the next few years, the PSI Secretariat will continue to engage experts from across the twenty six public universities.
For more information on the project, contact Dr Dominique Mystris at email@example.com.