Southern African Institute for Policy and Research


The Southern African Institute for Policy and Research is dedicated to making research resources more widely available to researchers and policymakers. We currently have three documentation programmes:

Our Commentary page is an online digital collection of academic commentary from the region. Currently, the Repository of Southern African Legal Commentary contains legal commentary from the region, including out-of-print print monographs, law journals, and graduate student research papers selected and assembled by Southern African Legal scholars.

The Economic Policy Resource Centre (EPRC) is an open-access online information exchange system for economic research and policy outputs from Southern Africa. The EPRC is designed to bring together previously disparate resources on economic policy produced both within Africa, as well as internationally. Resources from academic, non-governmental, and governmental institutions are searchable through a state-of-the-art database system, freely available to all researchers and their institutions worldwide.

The Zambia Legal Information Institute (ZamLII) was set up at University of Zambia (UNZA)’s Law School in 1996, by Prof Peter Martin.  The program was supported by Peace Corps volunteers, but its activities came to a halt many years ago. In 2012, the Southern African Institute for Policy and Research (SAIPAR) has initiated a revival of ZamLII. It has since received technical support from the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII), a free access to law project operating in South Africa. The AfricanLII website serves as a platform for engagement with African national and regional law. In 2012, the ZamLII website was set up ( and is managed by both AfricanLII and SAIPAR.


Maano alazwa amukasumbwa

Translation: "Wisdom may be found through observation of even the simplest things"

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