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
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
New project on transforming social inequalities through inclusive climate action

An exciting new ACEIR project has commenced in July through the support of the African Research Universities Association (ARUA) partnership with the Global Challenges Research Fund of UK Research and Innovation. It is a joint project with the ARUA Centre of Excellence in Climate Development, also based at the University of Cape Town, to research the interactions between climate change, poverty and inequality in Africa.

Publication Date:
Mon, 03 Aug 2020 - 16:45
The ACEIR model

The ARUA Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research is configured as a hub-and-spoke model. The University of Cape Town hosts the hub, as well as the South African node, with two strong research centres based at the nodes at the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of Nairobi. The research groups and members of the three research nodes bring together internationally eminent African scholars who are influential researchers in their country contexts and have excellent research connections to their respective national statistical offices.

Publication Date:
Tue, 04 Jun 2019 - 15:15