GEI is a pioneer in high-impact international education, engagement and exchange in Africa and Asia. We are a private American institute with particularly deep roots in the countries where we operate. Our work supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development that was adopted by all UN member states in 2015. Our purpose is to unleash the catalytic impact of international education, engagement and exchange to address key challenges set out by the SDGs. To do so, we blend research, education, training and innovative practical solutions that support transformations toward sustainability.
Many institutions, organizations and individuals in academic, scientific and professional circles desire to make a sustainable difference in the world. They see the SDG challenges that countries in Africa and Asia face and believe that they can help. But they typically lack the knowledge, experience, resources and local networks to create sustainable long-term solutions for complex development challenges. Our approach – as a Program Provider, Development Organization and Destination Management Company – offers them the platform and support they need to overcome this problem.
We initiate and implement long-term evidence-based development interventions and invite institutions, organizations and individuals to join hands with us. They become part of GEI-facilitated international and local alliances that create transformative solutions based on joint research, education, training and innovative practical initiatives. These flexible multi-stakeholder partnerships and communities use some of the best globally available knowledge, skills and resources to create interventions that are adjusted to the local cultural contexts and needs. They are people-centered and based on peer-to-peer learning, engagement and exchange. And they set out to create an evidence base as well as scalable concepts for social innovation and impact.

Global Engagement Institute

9 Jan Frederik Street
Stellenbosch, Western Cape

+27 72 243 947