South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

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The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is South Africa’s premier research institute on international issues. As an independent, non-government think tank, we have a long and proud history of providing thought leadership in Africa. We are both a centre for research excellence and a home for stimulating public discussion.
Our work spans social development, foreign policy, governance, the environment, and economic policy, linking local experiences with global debates. This body of African-generated knowledge provides local and regional decision-makers with independent, evidence-based options for Africa’s future development.
All our findings are made available freely in the form of publications, policy briefs, videos, articles, workshops and conferences. We provide an open platform for the public to engage with these issues, and facilitate discussions between a wide variety of stakeholders. Our public outreach activities inspire students to take an interest in international affairs, and help develop their research and leadership skills.

Read SAIIA’s Annual ‘Highlights’ Reports to find out more about our activities and achievements.

Founded in 1934, SAIIA has been voted the best think tank in sub Saharan Africa for five consecutive years (2009-2013) in the largest global survey of peers, the University of Pennsylvania’s annual Global Think Tank Survey.

Our head office is located in Johannesburg on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand, and we also have an office in Cape Town. SAIIA is a membership organisation, with branches in Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg and East London. View our contact details and directions to our officesor learn more about SAIIA membership categories and benefits.

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