Economic, Social and Environmental Policy

African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS)

The African Centre for Migration & Society (ACMS) is Africa’s leading scholarly institution for research and teaching on human mobility. Established in 1993, ACMS is an independent, interdisciplinary and internationally engaged institution focusing on the relationships among human movement politics, poverty, and social transformation.


Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID)

Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID) is a leading economic research organisation in South Africa on issues related to economic development and policy, including industrial and financial policies.


House of Memory

House of Memory is a professional consultancy that provides top of the range solutions to clients in the heritage, museums, exhibitions, public programming and tourism experiences sector. Our inspiration is President Mandela’s heritage legacy projects, that seek to transform the sector, turning it to be more inclusive of the histories of all, developing new sites of commemorating the past, and liberating the African voice.


National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) is the biggest single trade union in South Africa with more than 338,000 members, and prior to its expulsion on 8 November 2014, the largest affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the country's largest trade union federation.


South African Labour Bulletin (SALB)

South African Labour Bulletin is a bi-monthly popular journal that comes in a well illustrated, lively format which is quick to read and easy to handle. It provides cutting edge information and critical analysis and debate on a wide range of social issues including on labour, politics, economics, health, education, sport, youth, women, HIV/AIDS, the environment, culture as well as reviews of new books. Its readers include trade unionists, researchers, academics, students, members of the business community, government and a wide international audience.


Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII)

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent not-for-profit research think tank which focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in the field of poverty and inequality studies.


Global Labour University (GLU)

The Global Labour University (GLU) network is an international initiative by trade unions and universities offering postgraduate training for mid-career trade unionists, officials in labour service organisations, and related areas.


The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn)

GovInn is an ‘innovation laboratory’ capable of generating new thinking about governance and development. It focuses on cutting-edge research, attracting innovators from all over the world. In short, GovInn is an intellectual ‘inn’ for innovation in the 21st century.


Section 27

SECTION27 is a public interest law centre that seeks to achieve substantive equality and social justice in South Africa. Guided by the principles and values in the Constitution, SECTION27 uses law, advocacy, legal literacy, research and community mobilisation to achieve access to healthcare services and basic education. SECTION27 aims to achieve structural change and accountability to ensure the dignity and equality of everyone.


Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC)

AIDC was formed in 1996 in response to the democratic transition in South Africa and the new opportunities and challenges it brought those seeking greater social justice within the democracy. To produce and promote alternative knowledge and analysis which enables popular movements for social, economic and ecological justice to engage with the intersecting crises flowing from the natural, economic and social challenges confronting humanity.
Strategic Objectives.


Politics, Governance and Society

Youth Lab

As a policy think-tank Youth Lab works to provide various platforms for young people and decision-makers to exchange ideas, develop strategies and execute plans that will enhance the lives of young South Africans. Our programme areas are designed to meet these objectives by leveraging unique methodologies, our broad skill sets and our organisation's social capital to deliver projects that produce new thought and inspired action through interaction, knowledge sharing and empowerment.


Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP Institute)

The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) is one of the University’s most enduring research organisations. The central problem investigated through the current SWOP research programmes is the precarious nature of social order.


Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER)

The Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) was established in Rhodes University in 1954. Strongly grounded in the Eastern Cape since its inception, the ISER soon developed a diverse portfolio of research initiatives involving its own staff and staff members of other Rhodes academic departments. Throughout its existence, engagement by academics from a range of departments within the university in the work of the ISER contributed not only to the content and quality of ISER’s research work, but also enriched teaching within those academics’ home departments.


KMMR Review Publishing

KMM Review Publishing is an independent publisher and producer of niche media products ranging from books and magazines to television productions. The Company's network of partners and associates spans across a number of countries representing a rich assortment of cultures, wide ranging experiences and perspectives.

KMM Review Publishing strives to deliver value to the consumers of our products and to be at the cutting edge of the industry in relation to the editorial content, and the look and feel of our media products. In real terms this means harnessing the broad range of ideas and experiences of our authors, producers, associates, customers, communities and suppliers.


Centre for Accountable Governance (CAG)

The primary aim of the Centre for Accountable Governance (CAG) is to promote and strengthen innovative, independent and non-partisan civil society initiatives furthering constructive public participation in local government. We achieve this aim by working in partnership with others and by encouraging and facilitating the development of effective coalitions and networks. We work closely with organisations such as the Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM) based at Rhodes University, the Nelson Mandela Metro Civil Society Coalition (NMMCSC), the Matthew Goniwe Housing Steering Committee (MGHSC) based in Kwazakhele in Port Elizabeth, the OR Tambo NGO Platform, organisations involved in the establishment of the Makana Civil Society Coalition (MCSC), and various civil society groups from the Amahlathi, Mnquma, Port St. Johns and Raymond Mhlaba municipalities.

Democracy Works

Democracy Works Foundation analyses the health of democracy and implements innovative interventions and technologies in order to foster inclusive development through a deepening of democratic culture and capacity whilst ensuring sustainability and independence of its operations.


International Relations

Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR)

The Centre aims to contribute towards a just and sustainable peace in Africa by promoting constructive, creative, and cooperative approaches to conflict resolution; building the capacity of local, national, and regional bodies to influence peacebuilding in their own communities; and providing support for African interests to be represented effectively in continental and global decision-making fora.


Economic Justice Network (EJN )

We are the Economic Justice Network of FOCCISA, the Fellowship of Christian Councils in Southern Africa. FOCISSA is an ecumenical organisation working with 12 national councils of churches in southern Africa.


Southern African Liaison Office (SALO)

The Southern African Liaison Office (SALO) is a South African-based civil society organization which contributes to building peace and security through facilitating dialogue and consensus between national, regional and international actors. Focused predominantly on Southern Africa, especially  Zimbabwe and Swaziland, in its early years, SALO  is now increasingly being consulted on the Great Lakes Region, the Horn of Africa and other African regions, as well as the Middle East.


African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy, University of Johannesburg (UJ SARCHI)

The NRF SARChI Chair: African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy is a research and post-graduate research and teaching initiative under the aegis of the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg. It seeks to respond to the fluctuating state of Africa’s international aairs by developing a research and outreach agenda embedded in strong basic and applied primary research. This NRF Chair in African Diplomacy and Foreign Policy is headed up by Prof Chris Landsberg.


Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI)

PARI works to improve the effectiveness of state institutions in the delivery of services and infrastructure. We generate high-quality research to better understand the drivers of institutional performance in the public sector, and improve implementation of policies in relevant fields. We work with relevant change agents in government to address institutional blockages or systems weaknesses in their departments.

Our research is widely disseminated to generate informed public debate. PARI also supports a new generation of applied researchers and scholars, with an interest in understanding and strengthening public institutions.


Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD)

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) is an independent South African-based foreign policy think tank dedicated to the analysis of, and dialogue on the evolving international political and economic environment and the role of Africa and South Africa. It advances a balanced, relevant and policy-oriented analysis, debate and documentation of South Africa’s role in international relations and diplomacy.


Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflections (MISTRA)

MISTRA is an independent research institute that takes a long-term view on the strategic challenges facing South Africa.  

MISTRA was founded by a group of South Africans with experience in research, academia, policy-making and governance who saw the need to create a platform of engagement around strategic issues facing South Africa. It is an Institute that combines research and academic development, strategic reflection and intellectual discourse. It applies itself to issues such as economics, sociology, history, arts and culture and the logics of natural sciences. 



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