About Us

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

We are dedicated to publishing and promoting research and analysis African from think tanks and thought leaders (academics, researchers, journalists and industry experts) on policy issues across a variety of fields. We also produce thematic series on critical issues dominating the African and global policy agenda.

Our open-access research repository holds over 10 000 reports, occasional papers and policy briefs which are available for free, full-text download. Research publications on the Africa Portal are primarily provided by our content partners who benefit from wider dissemination of their research to a global community. Our key research themes are:

  • Politics and Governance;
  • Economics;
  • Energy and Environment ;
  • Health;
  • Peace and Security;
  • Human Rights;
  • Foreign Policy;
  • Information and Communications Technology; and
  • Education

We are living in a frenetic age with information overload 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 the Africa Portal, with its wealth of policy research and diverse perspectives, will help guide those decisions.


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). It was developed to address the lack of visibility and access to research produced by African institutions on African and global issues. To tackle this, the two institutions launched the Africa Portal in 2010 as a digital platform where research from across the African continent could be featured and freely accessible via desktop and mobile. Since then, the Africa Portal has built up a significant network of partners and an enviable repository of African and global research. The introduction of an expert analysis hub in 2016 broadened the Africa Portal’s mandate to provide timely and credible thought leadership on African affairs.


The Africa Portal is a project of the South African Institute of International Affairs(SAIIA).

SAIIA is an independent public policy think tank advancing a well-governed, peaceful, economically sustainable and globally engaged Africa. Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, its work spans foreign policy, governance, the environment, economic policy and social development, linking local experiences with global debates. Its African-generated knowledge provides local and regional decision-makers with independent, evidence-based options for Africa’s future development.

SAIIA is grateful to the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) for its generous financial support of the Africa Portal during 2010 – 2020.

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 info@africaportal.org 

Contact Us

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

SAIIA Head Office
East Campus
University of the Witwatersrand