Urbanization and Wellbeing
Cities are the future of our world. Today, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban centers—and this proportion will continue to grow. By 2050, nearly seven in ten persons will be living in cities. Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), currently the least urbanized of all major regions of the world, will see the share of its urban population increasing from the current level of about 37% to more than 60%. Indeed, by 2030, 95 per cent of the world’s population growth and 97 per cent of the growth in the developing world will occur in Third-World cities. The Urbanization and Well-being Research Program at APHRC strives to be a pacesetter in defining research priorities on urban studies in Africa and in producing credible evidence on the causes, course and consequences of the urbanization process in the region.
Program Objectives and Strategic Priorities
The Program’s research activities currently seek to:
- Investigate the causes, courses and consequences of urbanization in Africa
- Examine the inter-linkages between urban health and the physical environment
- Assess urban vulnerabilities and livelihoods, with a particular focus on urban vulnerabilities metrics and the dimensions, dynamics, determinants, and consequences of urban poverty
- Disseminate findings based on evidence generated from the Program’s research activities
Consolidating research on population, family planning and reproductive health of the urban poor in sub-Saharan Africa: A data collection, dissemination and regional collaboration initiative (Gates Urban Health Project).
The project aims to promote the reproductive health and wellbeing of the urban poor in sub-Saharan African countries through evidence gathering, policy engagement with local players, building sustainable south-south research partnership and research capacity strengthening of young and promising African researchers on urban health issues.
l'Institut Supérieur des Sciences de la Population
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
October 2011- August 2014
Nairobi Urban Health and Demographic Surveillance System (NUHDSS)
The NUHDSS was set up to provide a platform to:
a) Investigate the inter-linkages between urban poverty and health
b) Monitor and evaluate intervention programs implemented within the study communities.
c) Provide a sampling frame for nested studies