December 2021 news bulletin
ACEIR’s contributions to ARUA's third biennial conference | The Ghana node’s new data hub | A recent online course on advanced poverty research methods | Reflections on the COP26 outcomes at a TSITICA project webinar | And more...
The ACEIR working paper series
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...
Our purpose
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.
Our model of collaboration
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.
Contributing to policy debates
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...
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Saturday, 22 January 2022
Planning for inclusive growth: What did the COVID-19 pandemic teach us?

The COVID-19 pandemic has underlined the fact that people-centred, inclusive, and sustainable development requires overcoming the multiple deprivations that people experience in Africa due to poverty, inequality, and unemployment. The pandemic also illustrated the importance and value of a strong evidence base and quality data on socio-economic vulnerabilities; a nuanced understanding of where, on a spatial level, these are experienced most; and if and how policy responses to the pandemic have worked. These were some of the key points from the final keynote address by ACEIR director, Prof Murray Leibbrandt, to the third biennial conference of the African Research Universities Alliance. 

Publication Date:
Wed, 15 Dec 2021 - 14:30
Post-COVID growth, poverty and inequality in Africa

During COVID-19-related lockdowns, African countries experienced negative economic growth, less tax revenue collection, and increased fiscal debt. This was while, during the same period, income earning was reduced, extreme poverty increased, and inequalities were exacerbated by the pandemic. These were some of the reflections by Prof Robert Osei, convener of ACEIR’s Ghana node, during a plenary session of the recent African Research Union Alliance biennial conference 2021. Prof Osei, who is based at the Institute of Statistics, Social and Economic Research, University of Ghana, Legon, was one of three contributors to a discussion on the economic and societal impact of global public health challenges in Africa.

Publication Date:
Wed, 15 Dec 2021 - 12:45
ARUA-Carnegie fellowship commencing for ACEIR Ghana researcher

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. 

Publication Date:
Mon, 04 Oct 2021 - 19:00
Contributing to the SDGs Africa Summit 2021

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.

Publication Date:
Mon, 04 Oct 2021 - 16:15