The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI)

The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) is an independent research institute based in Johannesburg. Established in May 2010, the Institute brings theoretically-informed social science research into the service of answering some of the major questions facing the public sector.  PARI approaches this from two angles: analyses of the organisational dynamics of the public sector and research into social change, citizenship and governance.


  • work with government partners to improve the capacity and accountability of the public sector
  • improve the quality of public debate and scholarly discussion in South Africa about the public sector and the state, as well as state-society relations
  • support the development of a cohort of talented researchers and scholars to undertake rigorous research on the challenges of building state capacity.



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In Partnership With

University of the Withwatersrand