NOVAFRICA is a knowledge center created by the Nova School of Business and Economics of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in 2011. Its mission is to produce expertise that promotes business and economic development in Africa, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations. A particular focus is on Portuguese-speaking African countries, i.e., Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, and Sao Tome and Principe.
In partnership with a number of public authorities, private companies and other local organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, NOVAFRICA has been pioneering social experimentation methodologies to measure the impact of policies aimed at reducing poverty, promoting employment, and providing equal opportunities for all.
As a result of this research, NOVAFRICA produces both academic publications of relevance to the development process, and publications that are more applied in nature – including publications that contribute to the design of public policies and to private sector development. The center also promotes local capacity building activities such as internships and training initiatives, and offers consulting services in its areas of expertise.