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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Friday, 21 January 2022
Millions of Africans lack basic facilities to curb COVID-19, study confirms

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.

Publication Date:
Tue, 28 Sep 2021 - 14:00
Launch of the Inequality Trends and Diagnostics in Kenya, 2020

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.

Publication Date:
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 - 16:15
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