Working together for urban progress

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


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.


African cities and their systems

African cities and their systems

Too often, the daily reality of African cities is characterised by the failure of systems to offer basic services. Take affordable transport or high-quality healthcare, for example – or by how the poor integration of systems leads to failures of both performance and accountability to users.

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📺 Catch up on @DianaMitlin's Area Development & Policy lecture from the 2021 #RSAJournals Annual Lecture Series, exploring the contribution that #reform coalitions and alliances make to #urban transformation 👇

@regstud @GlobalDevInst

🤔 Unsure how political settlements analysis fits into the ACRC research framework?

💡 Let @TimKelsall1 explain, starting by answering the crucial question: "What on earth is a political settlement?"

Amazing to see the community-driven work of @sdinet @Wanavijiji being recognised in this story on the @MukuruSPA from @peter_muiruri for @GdnDevelopment @guardian 👇

"The big picture for the COP is also important for cities."

@dee_are_dee talks about the climate hazards already facing residents in #AfricanCities as a result of global temperature increases and why action at all levels is needed to address them.


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