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.


PARI-Nedbank Scholarships

Applications for PARI-Nedbank Scholarships are now open. These scholarships are a central means for developing intellectual capacity in public administration issues in South Africa. They are well-funded, and provide resources of expertise, finance and access to support young scholars interested in the critical area of South African public administration. To download the application form click here.


For information about vacancies at PARI, email Mpho Mohapi at


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In Partnership With

University of the Withwatersrand