The Africa Engagement Portfolio is responsible for promoting and strengthening research and innovation management activities in the SADC Region in collaboration with the Research Management and I&TT Portfolios. It achieves this by working with key public and private research organisations to organise related activities around research management, innovation management and capacity building programs. The primary focus is on capacity building and local networks development.

The Portfolio also engages sister organisations in the African continent including CARIMA, EARIMA and WARIMA and develops collaborative programmes to strengthen R&I management in Africa.