African Centre of Excellence for Inequalities Research (ACEIR)

Measured in money terms, Africa is the most unequal of the continents. There is, however, huge variation in the magnitude, changes and texture of this inequality. For instance, the high aggregate figure is driven by the fact that seven of the 10 most unequal countries in the world are in Africa – and most of them southern Africa. However, if southern African countries (i.e. South Africa, Zambia and six smaller economies) are excluded, Africa has inequality levels comparable to developing countries in other parts of the world. Continue reading “African Centre of Excellence for Inequalities Research (ACEIR)”

ARUA Launches First Centre of Excellence

9 Feb 2017

African Centre of Excellence for Inequalities Research

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) has launched the first of 13 Centres of Excellence (CoE) at an event held at the University of Cape Town. The launch workshop for the African Centre of Excellence for Inequalities Research (ACEIR) took place at the UCT School of Economics on 10-11 May, 2018. Continue reading “ARUA Launches First Centre of Excellence”

ARUA Centre of Excellence in Climate and Development

Rationale and Thematic Area: Climate and Development

Africa’s existing socioeconomic development challenges will be greatly  compounded under climate change.

The fundamental twin challenge is to enable development that is (i) resilient to  existing and expected climate risks and impacts, and (ii) low carbon, avoiding  substantial African contributions to the amount of global warming in the  future: this challenge has been variously termed “climate compatible  development” of “climate resilient, low carbon development”.


All three founding universities have established centres or programmes within which the ARUA CoE will be hosted:

  • The African Climate and Development Initiative at UCT
  • The Institute for Climate Change Adaptation at the University of Nairobi
  • The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies at University of Ghana

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African Doctoral Academy Winter School 2018

For Doctoral Candidates and Supervisors
Early-Bird Applications Open

2 – 13 July 2018,  Preparatory Session: 28 – 30 June 2018

The ADA’s bi-annual, two-week long Doctoral Schools take place every year in Summer (January) and Winter (June-July) and aim to offer high impact research and methodology training for prospective and current PhD candidates, their supervisors and researchers from a variety of fields. The African Doctoral Academy (ADA) Winter School takes place this year from 2 – 13 July 2018.

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Mellon Migration & Urbanization Project

First Interim Grant Report
Grant Number 41600690
Submitted to the Andrew Mellon Foundation

Mobility & Sociality in Africa’s Emerging Urban

On 16 December 16, 2016, the Trustees of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation approved a grant of $844,700 to the University of the Witwatersrand for use over approximately five years. The funds were dedicated to supporting a research and graduate development program on changing forms of social engagement in Africa’s urban centres.

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Carnegie Benchmarking Project

Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York

The last three days of February 2018 saw a fascinating meeting unfolding at the Elilly Hotel in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The hotel was the venue of a meeting of representatives of 13 of the 16 ARUA universities. The Alliance having been in existence for a few years it was felt that it was necessary to establish a baseline of the research intensity of each of the alliance members and an aggregated picture of the collective. This base line would be of great value in future years when the progress of the members and the collective would be reviewed. Continue reading “Carnegie Benchmarking Project”

Workshop on ARUA Performance Indicators and Data-Gathering

29 Jan 2018

With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the African Research Universities Alliance will host a 2-day workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 26-27 February 2018 for the purpose of agreeing on and setting performance indicators for member universities. The purpose of the workshop is to (a) present a preliminary knowledge profile of each university to serve as a baseline, using bibliometric data; (b) present a generic logic model to demonstrate how indicator data can be used to evaluate and monitor research impact; (c) share the lessons learnt from the HERANA project and (d) raise awareness of capacity required (related to the systems, organisational structures, processes and procedures) to enable data gathering and sharing on a sustainable basis. This will be informed by a questionnaire or survey on such capacity currently in place at member institutions that will be circulated to each university prior to the workshop.

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Meeting of the ARUA Board of Directors

29 Jan 2018

The Board of the African Research Universities Alliance will meet on 31st January 2018 at the Wits Club, University of the Witwatersrand, Braamfontein. The Board includes all Vice Chancellors of the ARUA member universities. This meeting will approve the work programme and budget of ARUA for the period 2018-2019.

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