The below are a series of projects that project team members are associated with which deal with cognate themes.
AAPS – Founded in 1999, the Association of African Planning Schools (AAPS) is a voluntary, peer-to-peer network of African institutions which educate and train urban and regional planners. Its members are drawn from all regions of Africa (Botswana, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe).
AFSUN -The African Food Security Urban Network (AFSUN) was founded in 2008 to address the crisis of food insecurity in Africa’s rapidly-growing towns and cities. AFSUN aims to improve the knowledge base of the dimensions and causes of urban food insecurity in Africa and to develop and advocate for international, national and local policies to enhance food and nutrition security. AFSUN also conducts graduate and in-service training programmes to build the capacity of African governments and NGOs to respond to the challenge of rapid urbanization and feeding Africa’s hungry cities.
AURI – The African Urban Research Initiative was initiated in 2013 to support existing and future Africa-based research centres to inform and enhance the policy actors and networks responsible for sustainable urban policy and management in different African contexts.
FRACTAL – FRACTAL (Future Resilience for African Cities and Land) is a 4-year project (initiated in June 2015) coordinated by the Climate Systems Analysis Group at the University of Cape Town. The aim of the FRACTAL project is to advance scientific knowledge about regional climate responses to human activities (such as burning fossil fuels, changing land surface cover, etc.) and work with decision makers to integrate this scientific knowledge into climate-sensitive decisions at the city-regional scale (particularly decisions relating to water, energy and food with a lifetime of 5 to 40 years). FRACTAL is designed to work across disciplines within the scientific community and foster strong collaboration between researchers, city government officials and other key decision makers in southern Africa.
Growing Informal Cities – This IDRC-funded project seeks to examine and profile the “hidden” role of migrant workers in the informal economy in four southern African cities: Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, Maputo in Mozambique, and Harare in Zimbabwe.
Hungry Cities Partnership – The Hungry Cities Partnership is an international research project examining governance, rapid urbanization and urban food security in the Global South. The project is funded by the IDRC and SSHRC and includes research partners from Cape Town, Maputo, Nairobi, Bangalore, Nanjing, Kingston (Jamaica) and Mexico City.
MISTRA Urban Futures – Mistra Urban Futures is an international centre for sustainable urban development. The purpose of the centre is to contribute towards making a real difference to the environment and to people’s lives in the cities of the world. Practitioners and researchers cooperate closely to produce first-class, effective and relevant knowledge. The programme works in Cape Town, Kisumu, Gothenberg, and Greater Manchester. The Consuming Urban Poverty project is particularly linked to the Cape Town and Kisumu local interaction platforms.
UrbanARK – The Urban Africa Risk Knowledge project (UrbanARK) is funded by the ESRC and DfID,led by Kings College London. It will work in Dakar (Senegal), Ibadan (Nigeria), Karonga (Malawi), Mombasa and Nairobi (Kenya) and Niamey (Niger) to better understand the nature and scale of disaster risks in urban centres. By studying the interaction of environmental hazards – such as earthquakes and temperature extremes – in areas with poor housing and marginalised communities, the research aims to break the cycles by which vulnerability and incapacity to cope with hazards accrue in society.
WIEGO – WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing & Organizing) is a global network focused on securing livelihoods for the working poor, especially women, in the informal economy. We believe all workers should have equal economic opportunities and rights. WIEGO creates change by building capacity among informal worker organizations, expanding the knowledge base, and influencing local, national and international policies.