About the Africa Portal

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

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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.


History

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. 


Partners

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.


Submission Guidelines

The Africa Portal welcomes submissions of opinion, analysis, interviews, book reviews and essays. We cover an array of topics including politics, economics, environment, health, security, human rights, foreign policy and the impact of global developments on Africa. 

All submissions and editorial inquiries should be sent to info@africaportal.org

We encourage topical submissions that demonstrate critical thinking and nuance, and which foster public understanding and debate. Pieces that bring attention to new or pertinent research are also welcome.  

All submissions must be written in an accessible and engaging way to be eligible for publication.

Short pieces are our preferred choice of content. These should be 700-1000 words and should be analytical in focus.

Longer pieces of 1 200-2 000 words are accepted depending on the depth of research, clarity and flow of writing style, and inclusion of narrative.

Reported pieces can range from 700-1 200 words, or, for longer, more investigative pieces, up to 5 000 words. These pieces should contain interviews, storytelling or in-depth research. 

Authors are relied upon to fact check their contributions and hyperlink to sources of information, facts or quotations as appropriate.

Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis and should be accompanied by the author’s full contact details, a short bio and writing sample when possible. 

All submissions and editorial inquiries should be sent to info@africaportal.org