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.


Community mapping in Kenya improves state Covid-19 response

Community mapping in Kenya improves state Covid-19 response

This case study – originally published as part of the Covid Collective Research for Policy and Practice series – shows how an urban social movement was able to produce the knowledge that state agencies needed when the pandemic struck, securing more inclusive policy responses and building legitimacy for alternative knowledge processes and associated development ambitions.

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African cities from 500 AD to 1900

African cities from 500 AD to 1900

Most large African cities today were already well-established when colonial rule began to expand dramatically in the late 19th century. Most preceded the slave trade era too. This blog outlines the history of cities in Africa from 500 AD up to the late 19th century.

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#SundayReading | We have a double reading recommendation for you this weekend...

Start by exploring all the things we *don't* know about Africa's largest cities, with this deep-dive into urban data gaps from @Dsatterthwaite @IIED 👇

🆕 blog by @AliceSverdlik & @AnnaWalnycki on the joint Transformative #UrbanRecovery Framework tackling exclusion and focusing on #informal settlements & informal workers during the recovery phase👇

@IIED @ICLEI @WIEGOGLOBAL @sdinet @CoalitionUrban #SDGs

WEBINAR | Where the two meet: lessons from the planned and unplanned city’s development 🇹🇿

💡 @ICLEIAfrica
🗓️ 15 June
🕑 2pm CAT
🗣️ @resurbe @catunescosost @masambiental @MuturiKarimi @sdinet @wanavijiji @DianaMitlin @AfricanCities_ @GlobalDevInst

NEW PAPER out in #Water Alternatives❗❗Here, we (w/ @CDDManchester & @dralibrowne ) present a 1st systematic literature review on "Digital innovations and water services in cities of the global South"

It's open access👇

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