Economic, Social and Environmental Policy

Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ)

The IEJ’s core objective is to provide policy makers and progressive social forces in South Africa with access to rigorous economic analysis, and well thought through policy options, as a basis for advancing systemic change. Interventions proposed by the IEJ must advance social justice, promote equitable economic development that realises socio-economic rights, and ensure a thriving, democratic, environmentally sustainable, and inclusive economy that places the needs of the majority at the centre.


Global Labour University (GLU – Wits University)

The Global Labour University (GLU) network is an international initiative by trade unions and universities offering postgraduate training for mid-career trade unionists, officials in labour service organisations, and related areas.

The GLU site at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, is the only such site in Africa. Since 2007, it has offered a coursework Masters programme (available both full-time and part-time); from 2012, it also offered an Honours degree. These degrees are in the field of Labour Policy and Globalisation.


Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU)

The Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU) is a labour studies hub at Rhodes University built around a vibrant team. Although NALSU is located in the Department of Sociology and Industrial Sociology, the members of its team come from three academic departments, viz. the Departments of Sociology and Industrial Sociology, History, and Economics and Economic History. NALSU was established through a partnership between Rhodes University and the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT) of the Eastern Cape Provincial Government. 


National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA)

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) is the biggest single trade union in South Africa with more than 338,000 members, and prior to its expulsion on 8 November 2014, the largest affiliate of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the country's largest trade union federation.


South African Labour Bulletin (SALB)

South African Labour Bulletin is a bi-monthly popular journal that comes in a well illustrated, lively format which is quick to read and easy to handle. It provides cutting edge information and critical analysis and debate on a wide range of social issues including on labour, politics, economics, health, education, sport, youth, women, HIV/AIDS, the environment, culture as well as reviews of new books. Its readers include trade unionists, researchers, academics, students, members of the business community, government and a wide international audience.


Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII)

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is an independent not-for-profit research think tank which focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in the field of poverty and inequality studies.


Southern Centre for Inequality Studies (SCIS)

Wits University has embarked on a multi-partner research and policy project focusing on understanding and addressing inequality in the global South, and building a collaborative southern institution to strengthen and sustain this work. Our starting premise is that while technical solutions to addressing inequality are very important, they will not be politically feasible unless the social and political forces driving high levels of inequality are clearly understood and addressed.Inequality is a global problem, and studying and addressing it in South Africa will also enable us to enter into a dialogue about inequality in other settings across the global South.


Khanya Workers College

Khanya College is an independent non-governmental organisation based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Established in 1986, the primary aim of Khanya College is to assist various constituencies within working class and poor communities to respond to the challenges posed by the forces of economic and political globalisation. Khanya College offers assistance through providing educational and training workshops, publications and research to organisations and individuals in these communities. Khanya College contributes to these challenges by emphasising solutions based on social solidarity, popular democracy and participation, organisation and mobilisation.


National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI)

NALEDI was formed in 1993 and carries out labour and economic research. NALEDI’s mission is to conduct policy-relevant research aimed at building the capacity of the labour movement to effectively engage with the challenges of the new South African society. Besides research, NALEDI’s work also includes managing multi-institutional projects at national and international levels.


Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC)

AIDC was formed in 1996 in response to the democratic transition in South Africa and the new opportunities and challenges it brought those seeking greater social justice within the democracy. To produce and promote alternative knowledge and analysis which enables popular movements for social, economic and ecological justice to engage with the intersecting crises flowing from the natural, economic and social challenges confronting humanity.
Strategic Objectives.



Founded on 19 June 2012, the organization brings together affiliates of the former global union federations: International Metalworkers' Federation (IMF), International Federation of Chemical, Energy, Mine and General Workers' Unions (ICEM) and International Textiles Garment and Leather Workers' Federation (ITGLWF).


Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB-Jugend, SA)

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Politics, Governance and Society

Youth Lab

As a policy think-tank Youth Lab works to provide various platforms for young people and decision-makers to exchange ideas, develop strategies and execute plans that will enhance the lives of young South Africans. Our programme areas are designed to meet these objectives by leveraging unique methodologies, our broad skill sets and our organisation's social capital to deliver projects that produce new thought and inspired action through interaction, knowledge sharing and empowerment.


Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP Institute)

The Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) is one of the University’s most enduring research organisations. The central problem investigated through the current SWOP research programmes is the precarious nature of social order.


Fort Hare - Department of Sociology & Anthropology

The vision of the Department of Sociology is to be a centre of excellence where students acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to be active and critical agents of social justice and change at the family, community, national and global levels. The Department also envisions itself as a leading contributor to the treasury of scientific concepts, theories, insights and comparative perspectives with which South Africa and the African continent make sense of the changes and continuities that characterize their existence.


Diski nine 9

Diski nine 9 organise and host soccer tournaments in townships and rural areas in South Africa. Diski Nine9 focuses on youth (boys and girls) between the ages of 8 and 18. Our soccer tournaments are held during school holidays. Our soccer tournaments incorporate educational workshops focused on Entrepreneurship, Maths, English and Life-skills.


Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

Our mandate is to inform the effective formulation and monitoring of government policy; to evaluate policy implementation; to stimulate public debate through the effective dissemination of research-based data and fact-based research results; to foster research collaboration; and to help build research capacity and infrastructure for the human sciences.


Inclusive Society Institute (ISI)

The Inclusive Society Institute (ISI) is an autonomous and independent institution that functions independently from any other entity. It is founded for the purpose of supporting and further deepening multi-party democracy.

The ISI's work is motivated by its desire to achieve non-racialism, non-sexism, social justice and cohesion, economic development and equality in South Africa, through a value system that embodies the social and national democratic principles associated with a developmental state. It recognises that a well-functioning democracy requires well-functioning political formations that are suitably equipped and capacitated. It further acknowledges that South Africa is inextricably linked to the ever-transforming and interdependent global world, which necessitates international and multilateral cooperation. As such, the ISI also seeks to achieve its ideals at a global level through cooperation with like-minded parties and organs of civil society who share its basic values. 


United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA)

The United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA) is the South African chapter of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA). We promote the goals and principles of the UN and its agencies through community engagement and work with civil society and government in South Africa. UNASA defines itself as the "people's movement of the United Nations" and our work builds upon the opening statement of the UN Charter “We the Peoples of the United Nations…” to bring the UN to the people and the people to the UN.


International Relations

Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation (IPATC)

The Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation was established at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) in 2016 as one of nine flagship centres of excellence to conduct research.

It provides a forum for scholars, practitioners, and civil society actors across Africa and its Diaspora to dialogue and contribute to the rigorous production and dissemination of Pan-African knowledge and culture.


Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD)

The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) is an independent South African-based foreign policy think tank dedicated to the analysis of, and dialogue on the evolving international political and economic environment and the role of Africa and South Africa. It advances a balanced, relevant and policy-oriented analysis, debate and documentation of South Africa’s role in international relations and diplomacy.


Climate and Energy

Project 90 by 2030

Project 90 by 2030 is a social and environmental justice organisation inspiring and mobilising society towards a sustainably developed and equitable low carbon economy by means of a Just Energy Transition. We work with stakeholders and decision makers to identify  and actions that support climate justice, with a specific focus on developing environmental leadership in our youth and enhancing energy and water security in our communities.


Co-operative and Policy Alternative Center (COPAC)

The Co-operative and Policy Alternative Center (COPAC) was formed in 1999 as a grassroots development organisation. It began with the ambition to contribute, through a bottom up practice, to reconstruction and development in post-apartheid South Africa. It has thus orientated itself to build capacity amongst poor communities to achieve self reliant, collectively driven, sustainable and participatory development. As a non-governmental organisation it was initially established as an association governed by a constitution with a governing committee. In 2001 it registered as a not-for-profit section 21 company. During this time it expanded its operations, opened an office and strengthened its board. As COPAC pursued its objectives it has worked with progressive social movements, government departments, township communities and has partnered with several non-governmental organisations.


350 is a million-people strong global climate movement that campaigns through grassroots organising and mass public actions in 188 countries.

The number 350 means climate safety: to preserve a liveable planet, scientists tell us we must reduce the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere from its current level of 400 parts per million and rising, to below 350 ppm.


Climate Action Network (CAN)

The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a worldwide network of over 1300 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in more than 120 countries, working to promote government and individual action to limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

 CAN members work to achieve this goal through information exchange and the coordinated development of NGO strategy on international, regional, and national climate issues. CAN has regional network hubs that coordinate these efforts around the world. 


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