The mission of the Optentia Research Unit is to develop and organize knowledge for the optimal expression of individual, social and institutional potential, with a specific interest in the African context. The research unit utilizes the inputs from multiple disciplines: Economics, Educational Sciences, Employment Relations, Human Resource Management, Information Technology, Philosophy, Psychology (Work and Organisational Psychology, Educational Psychology, Counselling Psychology, and Clinical Psychology), Risk Management, Social Anthropology, Social Work, and Sociology. We study the optimization of the potential of people and institutions by focusing on pathways from precarity to capability and optimal functioning.