We support governments, donors and civil society organisations with evidence to improve social and economic policy, programmes and strategies in Africa.

About us

SADC Research Centre was established in 2006 in Cape Town, South Africa. As a social and economic research and evaluation consultancy we have an excellent track record of delivering clients.

Our vision

We are driven by a passion to make a difference by contributing to a better future for Africa.
We believe evidence-based policy and the use of rigorous, timely and relevant research is the surest way to improve policy and programming.

Our role in enhancing the capabilities of people of Southern Africa is to provide research solutions for development.
Our insights inform the policies, strategies and programmes of governments, donors and civil society working to enhance the social and economic potential of people living in Africa.

Our story

SADC Research Centre was established with the vision of using the most up-to-date evaluation research designs and methods to inform development strategy in Africa.
We provide research solutions that improve the ability of government and development organisations to advance on social and economic objectives for a better future. We design, monitor, evaluate and align strategies that support local and global objectives and development plans.

Africa focus

At SADC Research Centre we use our local knowledge and experience to benefit your organisation.
We recognize the importance of relevance, cultural proximity, engaging stakeholders, social actors and decision-makers through relevant channels and in ways that promote positive change. We have developed capacities and relationships to do this.
Context is complex, more so in Africa. If your organisation works in Africa, then a locally relevant development strategy will be paramount to your success. Reaching and engaging key informants and influencers is what we do.


We manage large complex research and evaluation projects in urban, rural and traditional areas in Africa. We have recruited and trained researchers and teams of enumerators in South Africa, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Our project managers employ and lead teams of more than 100 fieldworkers and researchers simultaneously.

Senior researchers facilitate high-level participatory workshops to gather and hone insights from subject experts, conduct strategic interviews and source critical intelligence from political and business leaders. SADC Research Centre engages thought leaders to refine and enhance our interpretations. We engage both international and national leading experts, work closely with local development professionals, researchers and evaluators and closely monitor and manage quality and timeliness of the outputs and evaluation life cycle.