In January 2011 the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) launched an online knowledge resource offering researchers and opinion leaders easy access to research and information on Africa. The Africa Portal will establish a forum to share important insights on Africa with policymakers and the general public, explained SAIIA.
The project is a collaborative initiative between SAIIA, the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in Canada and the Makerere University in Uganda. The website aims to fill the gap in access to research findings and information on policy-related issues on the continent. A key feature of the portal is an online library collection which currently holds over 2,500 books, journals and digital documents relating to African policy issues. The entire library is downloadable free of charge. A directory of experts rounds off the online resource.