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.


Outside Africa’s largest cities

Outside Africa’s largest cities

Most of Africa’s urban population do not live in large cities. They live in thousands of small and intermediate urban centres. So how many of these can you name? When we think of urban change and urban issues, is it only the relatively few large cities that come to mind?

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Partner Spotlight: Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR)

Partner Spotlight: Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR)

The Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) is an independent, non-profit organisation based in Nairobi, working with partners across Africa and internationally to produce quality research that addresses public policy and development issues. PASGR is made up of three core programmes: research, education, and professional development and training.

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🌍 Considering rural and urban populations, most of Africa’s population either live and work in small or intermediate urban centres, or depend on them for access to goods, services and markets.

Read the latest from @Dsatterthwaite @IIED 👇

THREAD | Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe, positioned in the northeast of the country, and has an estimated population of 1.4 million.

The area has prime soils, offering opportunities for agriculture in addition to the dominant manufacturing sector.


📺 Listen to our action research director @BethChit and Harare scoping study author @gnyamamasimba discussing the city's rapid urbanisation and development challenges 👇

OUT NOW | Learn more about the political history of Harare and the #urbandevelopment challenges facing residents today in our city scoping study, authored by @gnyamamasimba @ShelterDialogue 👉

🙌 Want to be part of the #AfricanCities team?

We're looking for up to eight exceptional #postdoc research fellows to work with our partners on generating new insights into critical #urban challenges in Africa.

🚨 Deadline: 1 October

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