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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Efforts to tackle flooding in Kibera show the impact that local climate action can have.

But as @mevansCBC @CBC highlights, communities need better funding mechanisms that involve local actors, to ensure climate adaptation resources reach those in need.

📺 Regardez notre interview avec @ABisoka pour en savoir plus sur les défis du développement urbain à Bukavu 👇

Mayors @yakisawyerr of Freetown @FCC_Freetown & @BeppeSala of Milan ask African & European mayors to join their plea to global leaders for #VaccineEquity ahead of the emergency #G7 health ministers meeting on the #COVID19 #OmnicronVariant


How can cities, towns, and regions move forward from #COP26?

Join us for a brief overview on goals and outcomes of the summit, followed by a fireside chat on multilevel and collaborative action for sustainable local development.


📑 Notre étude exploratoire sur la ville de Bukavu est maintenant disponible en téléchargement en français!

Lisez ici 👉

@ABisoka @tomdeherdt @EmeryMudinga @FCDOREDGCSD

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