The Centre Of Excellence in Urbanization and Habitable Cities

The United Nations estimates that between 2015 and 2050, an additional 790 million people will reside in Africa’s urban areas. This implies that our Continent will play host to over 12 cities with between 5 to 10 million people by 2030, from three (Cairo, Kinshasa and Lagos) in 2014. The institutional capacity to cope with the attendant need for basic infrastructure, housing and social facilities for residents is already under considerable strain. This is evidenced by the relatively high percentage of African urban dwellers living in slum conditions-the UN Habitat projects that more than 50% of Africa’s population are likely to live in slums by 2025. Continue reading “The Centre Of Excellence in Urbanization and Habitable Cities”

Centre Of Excellence For Unemployment And Skills Development

African Entrepreneurship Development for Unemployment and Poverty Solutions (Aedups), University of Lagos

Africa currently has a population of about 1.25 billion people or 17% of the world’s population. On the other hand its collective GDP is less than one third of that of the USA. Thus the study of unemployment and the related matter of skills development is a continental imperative. Where better to host such studies but at an ARUA Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Unemployment and Skills Development. Continue reading “Centre Of Excellence For Unemployment And Skills Development”

ARUA Centre of Excellence: Energy

The ARUA CoE in Energy is a multidisciplinary, collaborative effort through the network of 15 African Universities to enhance the integrative links between Renewable Energy (RE), Water and Food, and thereby achieve sustainable agricultural development in Africa. The ARUA CoE in Energy has prioritized the integration of RE into systems that address the food, nutrition and water supply challenges of Africa.  Continue reading “ARUA Centre of Excellence: Energy”

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 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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