The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) is an independent public policy think tank advancing a well-governed, peaceful, economically sustainable and globally engaged Africa.
Our work spans foreign policy, governance, the environment, economic policy and social development, linking local experiences with global debates. Our African-generated knowledge provides local and regional decision-makers with independent, evidence-based options for Africa’s future development.
We provide an open platform for the public to engage with these issues, and facilitate discussions between a wide variety of partners.
All our findings are freely available in the form of publications, videos, and opinion and analysis pieces.
Our public outreach activities inspire students to take an interest in international affairs, and help to develop research and leadership skills.
Our head office is located in Johannesburg on the campus of Wits University, and we also have active branches in Cape Town in the Western Cape, Pietermaritzburg and East London. These branches are run by volunteer committees who organise speakers’ meetings and other local events.
Our membership base spans a wide range of private sector companies, diplomatic missions, institutions, students and individuals who have an interest in international affairs.
Over the years we have been consistently recognised as being among the leading think tanks in the world by the Global Think Tank Index compiled by the University of Pennsylvania. The latest Transparify report, which rates the transparency of think tanks around the world, has given our institute a five-star rating for open disclosure on donor funding.