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The Institute for Social Development work in partnership with many organisations and institutions from different sectors to combine thoughts and actions to tackle the world’s most pressing development problems. Our partners are a collective force for transforming the approaches aimed at addressing today’s real challenges. Partners contribute to ISD’s operations mainly through funding and joint implementation of research projects.  Below are a list of our key partners.



United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is a global organization dedicated to saving lives, protecting rights and building a better future for refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people.  More information:


The European Union

The European Union is a political and economic union of 28 member states that are located primarily in Europe. More information:


Child Watch International (CWI)

The Childwatch International Research Network is an international network of institutions involved in interdisciplinary research on issues relating to children’s rights, their development and well-being. More information:

Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA)

The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is Pan African research organisation established to among other things Promote and facilitate research and knowledge production in Africa using a holistic, multi-disciplinary approach; promote and defend the principle of independent thought and the academic freedom of researchers in the production and dissemination of knowledge etc. More information:



Western Cape Government 

The Western Cape Government creates laws for and provides services to the people of the Western Cape. The provincial government work closely with the national government and municipalities in the Western Cape to ensure that the citizens of the province have access to the services, facilities and information they need. More information:


Center for the Study of Governance Innovation

The Centre for the Study of Governance Innovation (GovInn) is the first research institution in Africa dedicated entirely to governance innovation. 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. More information:


Statistics Service of South Africa

Statistics South AfricaStatistics South Africa (frequently shortened to Stats SA) is the national statistical service of South Africa, with the goal of producing timely, accurate, and official statistics in order to advance economic growth, development, and democracy. More information:



Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany, Institute of Development Research and Development Policy (Coordinator)

Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands, International Institute of Social Studies

Duisburg-Essen, Germany, Institute of Political Science

University of Bordeaux 1, France, Les Afriques dans le Monde (LAM)

University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, France, Economic Department


ký University, Czech Republic, Department of Development Studies

University of Jyväskylä, Finland, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy

University of Cape Town, Department of Economics

University of Fort Hare, Department of Development Studies

University of KwaZulu Natal, School of Built Environment and Development Studies

University of Limpopo, Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership

Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Department of Development Studies

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Singapore University of Technology and Design


ia Universidad Católica del Perú. 

Erasmus University Rotterdam

University of Duisburg-Essen


ky University


ity of Bordeaux IV

University Paris 1

University of Jyvaskyla




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