ACEIR’s goal is to contribute to deep, multidimensional and interdisciplinary understandings of inequality in each country context, and a continental and global understanding of how inequalities can be overcome. Our approach includes building capacity for frontier data scholarship and the interpretation of analyses for policy. Textured country-level analyses of inequality that are also anchored in historical legacies of the political economy of African development will be undertaken. ACEIR researchers will link processes related to inequality within each country to international measurements such as the Sustainable Development Goals.

The initial research programme will see researchers working with the national statistical offices to:

  • Use census, survey and administrative data to profile and map inequality and poverty.
  • Understand the persistence of inequality by describing and analysing multidimensional inequalities and their interactions.
  • Analyse the dynamics of poverty and inequality by using panel data.
  • Use the evidence generated as a platform for dialogue on strategies to overcome poverty and inequality.

Research resource

To build capacity for the country-level inequality analysis, a Handbook on Inequality Measurement for Country Studies was developed by ACEIR researchers at the University of Cape Town. While the handbook was developed specifically as an intermediate guide for the ACEIR node members, it may also be useful for researchers who are planning an inequality study within a particular country. In addition, the handbook has also been written with a meta objective in mind; namely to facilitate the comparability of results and findings across countries. This externality represents one of the major motivations for a multi-country collaboration such as ACEIR.