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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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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.
It is striking how few of the world’s fastest growing cities are also among the largest. This is also the case for Africa. But the largest cities must have been among the fastest growing cities in the past, otherwise they would not be among the largest cities today.
The United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) provides economic analysis and policy advice with the aim of promoting sustainable and equitable development for all. UNU-WIDER’s 2019-2023 programme focuses on the interlinked development challenges of transforming economies, states and societies, that are central to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) is a policy research institute, working for more equitable and sustainable development. Through partnerships with local organisations in cities in Africa, Asia and Latin America, IIED works to gather evidence, support advocacy, and influence key actors. IIED has four research areas: climate change, human settlements, natural resources, and shaping sustainable markets.
ICLEI Africa is the regional office that serves African cities, towns and regions, as part of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, a global network of more than 2,500 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in more than 125 countries, ICLEI influences sustainability policy and drives local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development.
Following on from our previous discussion on the deficiencies in official data needed for planning and governing cities, this blog looks at how city governments and community organisations are turning to other data sources.
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is a global humanitarian aid organisation that helps people whose lives and livelihoods are impacted by conflict and disaster to survive, recover and regain control of their future. The IRC’s dedicated innovation arm – the Airbel Impact Lab – combines on-the-ground expertise with disciplines including research, human-centred design, costing analysis and behavioural insights.
As part of the Development Studies Association Annual Conference, the African Cities Research Consortium (ACRC) hosted a roundtable discussion exploring ‘The political opportunities and obstacles associated with Africa’s urban challenges’.
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