About the Africa Portal

The Africa Portal is a research repository and an expert analysis hub on African affairs.


e provide a digital platform for think leaders across the continent and beyond to share their informed perspectives on matters related to African development, economics and politics. In a world moving along at breathless speed, accuracy matters. We aim to take you above the noise and bring you information you can trust.  

The Africa Portal also curates a comprehensive collection of research material. Our library holds over 5 000 research reports, occasional papers and policy briefs. The entire repository is open access, equipped with a sophisticated search function and available for free, full-text download. The material in the library has been provided by Content Partners of the Africa Portal who benefit from wider dissemination of their research to a global community.


The Africa Portal is the product of a longstanding partnership between the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) and the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI). About a decade ago, the two institutions independently arrived at the conclusion that while much research was being produced by African institutions on African and global issues, it was not easily accessible to the broader public. This was often because many African institutions had limited resources for effective web-based dissemination. 

To address this, SAIIA and CIGI launched the Portal in 2010 as a platform where research from across the African continent could be featured and freely accessible via desktop and mobile. In a short space of six years, the Africa Portal built up a significant network of partners and an enviable repository of African and global research. 

Cognisant of recent massive shifts in media and technology, SAIIA and CIGI saw a need to revamp the Portal. We are living in a frenetic age with less and less time to read but paradoxically an even greater need to make decisions and build solutions for a better world based on evidence. We hope our dynamic thought leader platform, with insights from subject specialists and diverse perspectives, will help guide those decisions. 


South African Institute of International Affairs

The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) has a long record as South Africa’s premier research institute on international issues. It is an independent, non-government think tank whose purpose is to encourage wider and more informed awareness of the importance of international affairs. It is both a centre for research excellence and a home for stimulating public debate. The major research projects within the Institute produce a range of deliverables to policymakers and the wider public in the form of publications, policy briefs, workshops and conferences.

Centre for International Governance Innovation

We are the Centre for International Governance Innovation: an independent, non-partisan think tank with an objective and uniquely global perspective. Our research, opinions and public voice make a difference in today’s world by bringing clarity and innovative thinking to global policy making. By working across disciplines and in partnership with the best peers and experts, we are the benchmark for influential research and trusted analysis.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board guides the overall strategic direction of the Africa Portal. It includes representatives with deep expertise in policy research on the continent. Board members serve as ambassadors of the Portal and provide guidance on its content, sustainability and development. Meet our board members

Editorial submissions

If you'd like to contribute to our expert analyis hub, please read our submission guidelines and get in touch at [email protected] 

Contact Us

The Africa Portal is located within the office of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).

SAIIA Head Office
East Campus
University of the Witwatersrand

Email: [email protected]