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: 
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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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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.


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

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Pollution Management and Environmental Health (PMEH)


29 November 2021

Improving fertilizer and water management practices in South Africa

Options Winter 2021: Water scarcity and rising fertilizer prices are causing complications for sustainable agriculture in South Africa. IIASA researchers have validated and calibrated models to help address the issue. 
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17 June 2021

Adapting to droughts in South Africa

Options Summer 2021: Smallholder farmers in the Western Cape of South Africa are particularly vulnerable to the region’s recurrent droughts. IIASA researchers looked into the impacts of the most recent drought to hit the region and how smallholder farmers adapted to the situation.
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