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South Africa is a Newton Fund partner country, launched in 2014.

South Africa has one of the continent's biggest and most developed economies. Up until 1994 it was ruled by a white minority government, which enforced a separation of races with its policy called apartheid. The apartheid government eventually negotiated itself out of power after decades of international isolation, armed opposition and mass protests. The democratically elected leadership encouraged reconciliation and set about redressing social imbalances, but the economy has struggled. Progress towards poverty reduction has slowed in recent years, with the $1.90 per day poverty rate increasing from 16.8% to 18.8% between 2011 and 2015. [BBC and World Bank]

Main image: Fieldwork. Credit: M-Africa and i-sense

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Priorities for South Africa

UK-South Africa Newton Fund programmes are shaped by development priorities identified by South Africa.
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Higher Education
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Health
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Environment / Climate Variability and Change
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Blue Economy / Oceans
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Urbanisation
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Food Security (water-energy-food)
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Astronomy for Development
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Promoting STEM skills and economic development through radio astronomy

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is the world’s largest radio telescope. It is hosted by South Africa in collaboration with eight African partners and Australia. The Development for Africa through Radio Astronomy (DARA) project is using SKA as a catalyst to promote STEM education and economic...

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Each Newton Fund partnership is unique. UK and international partners work together to devise and deliver Newton Fund programmes.

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Funding opportunities

Information about our schemes, funding guidance, what's on offer and our partner matching service.

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Contact the South Africa team

If you are interested in learning more about Newton Fund South Africa partnership, please get in touch with our local team.

Amelia Marutle

Country Manager

Katekani Chabalala

Newton Fund Officer

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South Africa has one of the continent's biggest and most developed economies. Up until 1994 it was ruled by a white minority government, which enforced a separation of races with its policy called apartheid. The apartheid government eventually negotiated itself out of power after decades of international isolation, armed opposition and mass protests. The democratically elected leadership encouraged reconciliation and set about redressing social imbalances, but the economy has struggled. Progress towards poverty reduction has slowed in recent years, with the $1.90 per day poverty rate increasing from 16.8% to 18.8% between 2011 and 2015. [BBC and World Bank]

Main image: Fieldwork. Credit: M-Africa and i-sense

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0 % GDP (research and development expenditure 2010-17)
0 % women in local government seats in 2018
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