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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...
Our team
The ACEIR team comprises researchers from the universities of Ghana, Kenya and Cape Town and a small project management and communications team. The hub and nodes are each led by researchers of stature and who are well established in the...
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Tuesday, 18 May 2021
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
ACEIR sets sights on development goals

The potential contribution of the African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research to evidence that will inform Africa’s progress towards achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals has received a substantial boost. This comes as each of the 13 African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) centres were invited to submit multi-million pound funding proposals to support capacity building and partnerships. The funding is made available through ARUA’s partnership with the Global Challenges Research Fund, funded by UK Research and Innovation, which will channel a total of £22.8 million to the ARUA centres.

Publication Date:
Tue, 04 Jun 2019 - 13:00
Addressing the data challenge

Given the current frailties of African data, a foundation of ACEIR’s work in each node is getting the data right. This will require frontier data scholarship and holds great possibilities for capacity development across the continent. Plans are underway to support ACEIR partners and its network to create their own data hubs. Leading this work is Prof. Martin Wittenberg and colleagues at DataFirst, based at the University of Cape Town. DataFirst has over 20 years’ experience in the curation and dissemination of data and is the only data service on the continent to have achieved the CoreTrustSeal certification as a trusted repository. Over the last decade DataFirst has also developed a specific competence in the assessment of data quality issues and in the harmonisation of data.

Publication Date:
Tue, 04 Jun 2019 - 11:30

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