South-South Cooperation

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)
Headquarters: Pretoria -  South Africa


Established:  1968
Area(s) of Focus:
  • Global Governance and UN
  • Health
  • International Law and Security
  • Population, Migration, Employment, Gender
  • Regional Cooperation

Description: The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) of South Africa is a statutory body, established in 1968. It supports development nationally, in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and in Africa. It primarily conducts large-scale, policy-relevant, social-scientific projects for public-sector users, non-governmental organisations and international development agencies, in partnership with researchers globally, but specifically in Africa. <p> The HSRC aligns its research activities and structures to South Africa's national development priorities: notably poverty reduction through economic development, skills enhancement, job creation, the elimination of discrimination and inequalities, and effective service delivery. </p> <p> The HSRC also seeks to contribute to the research and development strategy of the HSRC's parent Department of Science and Technology, especially through its mission to focus on the contribution of science and technology in addressing poverty. </p>