The recent SDGs Africa Summit 2021 | Release of ACEIR's third inequality diagnostics for African countries | A youth-focused dialogue to feed into the Africa-France Summit 2021 | A new ACEIR working paper on spatial inequality in sub-Saharan Africa
Our working papers are intended to disseminate findings of ongoing research to researchers, students and the broader academic and policy communities. The papers span ACEIR's focus on African inequality trends, spatial inequality, and taxation and...
We aim to contribute to deep, multidimensional and interdisciplinary understandings of inequality in the context of different African countries, and to a continental and global understanding of how inequalities can be overcome.
The Centre uses a hub-and-spoke model. The University of Cape Town hosts the hub and the South Africa node. The Ghana node is convened by the University of Ghana and the Kenya node by the University of Nairobi.
We work with the national statistical offices and government departments of different African countries to profile, map and analyse multidimensional inequalities and their interactions. These research collaborations offer a platform for dialogue on...
A former research intern at ACEIR’s Ghana node was awarded one of 13 ARUA-Carnegie Early Career Research Fellowships, which will involve him in the research of two African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) centres of excellence. Kwadwo Danso-Mensah is a Research Officer at the Institute of Statistical Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana, which hosts ACEIR’s research node in Ghana.
When South Africa locked down to slow the COVID-19 virus, the University of Cape Town and partners were one month away from hosting an international summit on the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa. It had to be postponed until this month – and now it was in the context of a post-COVID world that saw all African economies battered by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and with future growth and development under threat. The summit’s thematic track workshops on Poverty and Inequality were co-convened by ACEIR director, Prof. Murray Leibbrandt, and with a wealth of input and participation from ACEIR-affiliated scholars and partners.
An international study involving researchers from ACEIR has revealed that hundreds of millions of Africans do not have access to the most basic facilities to prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. ACEIR’s director, Prof Murray Leibbrandt, and postgraduate researcher, Bongai Munguni, were co-authors on the study. Murray is the director of UCT's Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, and Bongai is part of the inaugural UCT–Bristol Researchers without Borders programme. They collaborated on this study with researchers from the University of Bristol’s Poverty Institute, the University of California, Los Angeles’ Fielding School of Public Health and other international research groups to investigate the feasibility of non-pharmacological public health interventions in low-resource settings in Africa.
Following the publication of the South African and Ghanaian inequality diagnostics reports, the next report in this series - for Kenya - was launched on 12 July 2021. The reports serve as a baseline on inequality trends in each country and are used to explore the implications of the data analyses with different sectoral stakeholders. The launch was hosted online and in partnership with the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics; the School of Economics at the University of Nairobi; and the Agence Française de Développement as part of the Research Facility on Inequality funded by the European Union.