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Building capacity and driving research excellence together

African Research Universities Alliance and UK Research and Innovation working together to address the Sustainable Development Goals

In an exciting new international partnership, the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have joined-forces to use their collective knowledge, skills and regional expertise to tackle global challenges such as extreme poverty and disease, fragile states and displacement, gender inequalities and food insecurity.

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DVC-Research Meeting, #2 for 2019

The Secretary-General of ARUA has announced the dates for the second meeting of the ARUA DVCs in 2019. The meeting will be hosted by Makerere University in Kampala and is most likely to take place on 4 and 5 September 2019.

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Good Governance

The Center for Federalism and Governance Studies (CFGS), established in 2006, is a Department within the College of Law and Governance Studies of Addis Ababa University. It was established with the vision to be a leading center of excellence in teaching, research and consultancy in multilevel government (federalism, devolution, good governance, local government) with a view to promoting unity in diversity, good governance, peace, development and regional integration in the Horn of Africa. 

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Better tropical storm forecasting

Next week, academics from ARUA and a number of British universities will meet to discuss closer research ties. Here, the University of Leeds describes one of the international collaborations it is involved with.

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The ARUA Water CoE aims to be a centre for innovative and progressive research, which focuses on the African response to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Water plays a vital role in ensuring equitable, stable and productive societies and functional ecosystems. Hence, the United Nations recognised ensuring sustainable management of water and sanitation as one of the seventeen sustainable development goals (SDGs) (i.e. Goal 6) ( The CoE recognises that water is the key thread and catalyst to also realising the remaining sixteen SDGs in Africa.

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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.

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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.

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Inequality 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.

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