Working together for urban progress

African Cities Research Consortium is a collaborative approach to tackling complex problems in the continent’s rapidly changing cities.

About AFRICAN CITIES RESEARCH CONSORTIUM

Cities are complex, dynamic, political systems. We bring together the right people and an understanding of the political economy of individual cities to identify and address the critical challenges they are facing.

Our aim is to generate insights and evidence that will help improve the living conditions, services and life chances of all city residents, particularly for disadvantaged communities.

LATEST NEWS from ACRC

Introducing the African Cities research approach

Introducing the African Cities research approach

Mainstream urban development interventions in Africa have often been designed through a primarily sectoral and technical lens. But there is abundant evidence that they are also intimately related to questions of power and politics, and that effective solutions must take into account the complex interrelations and interactions between urban processes and systems.

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Partner Spotlight: Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

Partner Spotlight: Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI)

Shack/Slum Dwellers International is a network of slum/shack dweller organisations federated in cities in the global South, pioneering innovation in the field of community-driven slum upgrading. Over the past 20 years, SDI has built a global slum dweller movement spanning approximately 32 countries. The movement brings together more than 1 million slum dweller households into savings groups that prioritise the central participation of women, building trust and collective capacity.

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Urban development in Africa: Challenges and opportunities

Urban development in Africa: Challenges and opportunities

All cities are complex, dynamic, political systems. But with a fast-growing, young urban population, Africa’s cities in particular present a whole host of unique and critical challenges. The African Cities Research Consortium is seeking to address these challenges by bringing together community organisations, local government and agencies, along with other kinds of urban reformers. Our goal is both to co-produce knowledge and evidence, and to turn this into meaningful action.

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LATEST TWEETS FROM ACRC

"Upgrading takes different forms. These can result in vastly different outcomes". Great blog post by @Dsatterthwaite. Read more here: https://www.iied.org/upgrading-informal-settlements-global-south-transforming-relations-government-transforming-lives

OUT NOW | Politics, systems and domains: A conceptual framework for the African Cities Research Consortium

Read the new working paper from @TimKelsall1 @DianaMitlin @seth_schindler and @sam_b_hickey, outlining our research approach 👉 https://bit.ly/ACRCWorkingPaper1

#SaveTheDate | @UNUWIDER online panel – #COP26: Are We Ready?

Experts including @AK_Mwaba @KayizziSteve and speakers from @warwickuni and #EnergyCC will explore the world's readiness for the #NetZero transition.

📅 28 October
🕑 14:00 BST | 16:00 EEST

https://www.wider.unu.edu/event/cop26-are-we-ready

🌍 What are the largest cities in Africa?
🏙️ Which cities are growing the fastest?
📚 What do we know about them?
❓ And what *don't* we know?

Find out with our blog series from @IIED senior fellow @Dsatterthwaite this #UrbanOctober 👇

https://twitter.com/i/events/1447924712143835144

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