The National Research Foundation (NRF) is the National Member Organization (NMO) representing South Africa’s membership of IIASA. The NRF has established a NMO Committee comprised of members from South African government, government parastatals, funding agencies, research institutions, and universities.

 Main areas of collaborations: 


Overcoming challenges to sustainable renewable energy in South Africa

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Improving water and food security in South Africa

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Projecting demographic change in South Africa

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 Advancing the methods of systems analysis


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Between 2012 and 2015 IIASA and the South African NMO jointly ran jointly with the South African Department of Science and Technology, the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, the Southern African Young Science Summer Program. Building on the successes of this program, the NMO and the South Africa Department of Science and Technology further decided to evolve and expand these activities to develop capacity for systems analysis in South Africa and the wider region by launching the Southern African Systems Analysis Centre (SASAC). 


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29 November 2023

Embracing Ecological Perspectives, Tools, and Models to Navigate the Digital Economy

Digitalization has ushered in new markets worldwide and in BRICS countries. However, the concentration of market power and digital resources by only a handful of digital platform ecosystems (DPEs) has also triggered new governance challenges, particularly, for BRICS countries. As part of the dissemination process of the ECOANTITRUST initiative, Elena Rovenskaya delivered a presentation on the adoption of ecological insights and tools to improve understanding of the complex nature of digital platforms, their ecosystems, and their interactions with the wider economy.
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22 December 2021

Launch of the Northern African Applied Systems Analysis Centre

In collaboration with the Egyptian Academy of Scientific Research and Technology and the Institute of National Planning, IIASA is proud to announce the launch of the Northern African Applied Systems Analysis Center (NAASAC).
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19 October 2021

Road impacts on ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa is developing rapidly. With growing economies and increased trade, major road infrastructure plans have been developed for the region, which also hosts some of the world’s most unique and diverse ecosystems. New research looked into how roads might impact ecosystems in the region.


09 November 2023

IIASA Connect: Building impactful regional communities

Options Magazine, Winter 2023: As IIASA Connect brings together the global systems analysis community, it also acts as a hub for regional communities to connect and engage.
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08 November 2023

Adapting water needs for agriculture in South Africa

Options Magazine, Winter 2023: In many parts of the world, access to freshwater is becoming increasingly scarce. Nowhere is this truer than in South Africa, which experienced a significant drought from 2015 to 2018.


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The Demography of Sustainable Human Wellbeing (EmpoweredLifeYears)

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SDG-pathfinding: Co-creating Pathways for Sustainable Development in Africa (SDG-pathfinding)

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Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH)