The South African Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

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In March 2017, the World Economic Forum (WEF) launched the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Network (C4IR Network), with the mission of ensuring that the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) does not just benefit a select few, but all of society. The methodology is a human-centric approach that is agile and based on rapid iteration.

The WEF’s intent is for the C4IR Network to serve as:

  • A space for Global Cooperation: It is dedicated to co-designing policy frameworks and governance protocols, including laws, regulations, norms and best practices that accelerate the application of science and technology in the global public interest.
  • A “do-tank”: Partner governments and companies will co-design and pilot these frameworks and protocols for rapid iteration and scale. The Centre is not a think-tank, but rather a “do-tank”.
  • A champion for ethics and values in technology: All policies, frameworks and regulations developed at the Centre will prioritise ethics and values

The C4IR Network has established Centres globally and has already begun its expansion into other regions through its Affiliate Centre model.

Agile Policy Development

We’re co-developing and piloting governance and policy frameworks to keep up with the pace of technology evolution.

National and Global Cooperation for Impact

The Centre draws on private sector, government, academia and civil society to co-design technology governance frameworks.


Read the latest edition of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s (CSIR) magazine, ScienceScope.

This edition highlights some key issues of significance as the country starts to implement its fourth industrial revolution strategy. It also features CSIR people, research and development, as well as infrastructure.

Addressing challenges in South Africa and the Region

We address technology areas relevant to South Africa and our neighbors, that address our societal and economic needs.