From the beginning, our research and engagement is focused on generating a rich, nuanced understanding of the city. By combining a systems approach with political analysis, informed by a wide range of perspectives, we will identify complex problems. Working with local reform coalitions, we will explore new approaches to tackle recognised urban challenges.
To address the systemic nature of these challenges, we focus on urban development domains. These broad fields of power, policy and practice go beyond sectorial silos and provide the potential to unlock reform.
We will bring together community organisations, local government and agencies to co-produce knowledge and evidence. Once complex problems in focus cities have been identified, we will undertake action research alongside urban reformers to help catalyse transformative changes for all residents. We are committed to reaching marginalised groups including women, children and those with disabilities with financially robust, environmentally sustainable and politically achievable reforms.
Emerging insights of what works and potential solutions to urban challenges will be continually shared across the continent and beyond.
ACRC has identified 13 initial cities within sub-Saharan Africa with the potential and need for urban reform: Accra, Ghana; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Harare, Zimbabwe; Kampala, Uganda; Khartoum, Sudan; Lagos, Nigeria; Lilongwe, Malawi; Maiduguri, Nigeria; Mogadishu, Somalia; Nairobi, Kenya