October 2021 news bulletin
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
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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Friday, 22 October 2021
Debating historical inequalities and economic transformation in South Africa

ACEIR was honoured to co-host, with the French embassy in South Africa, this debate as part of a series across Africa at the request of the President of France. The purpose of the dialogue was to create a platform for exchanging perspectives on South Africa’s inequalities and to motivate for priority actions and policies in overcoming these inequalities, and with a special focus on the country's youth. Speakers included high-profile business leaders, a prominent student activist, academics and the head of South Africa’s Youth Employment Service. Proposals that emerge out of the debates will feed into the Africa–France Summit in October 2021, where Pres. Emmanuel Macron will host a discussion with youth representatives from Africa, France and the diaspora.

Publication Date:
Thu, 27 May 2021 - 13:15
African inequalities highlighted by ACEIR at international conference

ACEIR’s inequality trends reports, for Ghana, Kenya and South Africa to date, have featured prominently at a high-level conference hosted recently by the European Union and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD). The final conference of the Research Facility on Inequalities provided the opportunity to share results of the Facility’s studies since 2018 and draw conclusions and make recommendations for public policy. ACEIR’s work has been one of the 23 research projects funded via AFD as part of the Research Facility on Inequality. 

Publication Date:
Tue, 13 Apr 2021 - 12:30
Special issue: Debating Thomas Piketty's 'Capital and Ideology'

"Piketty comes to South Africa" is the title of an article recently published, in the British Journal of Sociology, by members of ACEIR's South Africa node. The scholars, based at the Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit (SALDRU) at the University of Cape Town, include Fabio Diaz as the lead author; they co-authored the piece with Mike Savage from the London School of Economics and Political Science. This special issue of the BJS was inspired by Thomas Piketty’s new book, Capital and Ideology and the article reflects on inequality in the South African context in relation to the Piketty book. 

Publication Date:
Thu, 01 Apr 2021 - 16:15
ACEIR at the EU-AFD Research Facility on Inequalities final conference, 22 – 25 March 2021

The findings of ACEIR’s inequality trends reports for Ghana, Kenya and South Africa will be framing a session on African inequalities at this high-level conference of the Research Facility on Inequalities. In another session, these inequality diagnostics will be presented as one of the tools to measure and describe inequality that were developed or expanded through the Facility. This research programme, which was financed by the European Union and managed by the Agence Française de Développement, aimed to deepen the understanding of socio-economic inequalities in low- and middle-income countries and analyse the public policy and development policy levers for reducing them.

Publication Date:
Wed, 17 Mar 2021 - 12:30