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)”

Centre for Excellence for Urbanization and Habitable Cities


The Centre for Excellence for Urbanization and Habitable Cities is a platform for bringing together researchers from other African Countries to address salient and often intractable problems associated with urbanization in African Cities.

It is coming under the designate of the existing University of Lagos Centre for Housing Studies (UNILAG-CHS) which was established in December 2013 as a result of MOU between the University of Lagos, Nigerian-UK Housing Society (NUHS) and its partner, UK’s Chartered Institute of Housing, England (CIH). The Centre’s core activities are in Housing research, urban regeneration and advocacy, Postgraduate education and capacity building for practitioners. Activities are centred around multi-disciplinary groups from academia and industry.

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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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