Citizen scientists in Mukuru, Kenya, monitor particulate matter. Photo: William Apondo / SEI.  From Buyana et al.

Decisions being taken now at the national, subnational and city levels will have consequences for African cities for decades to come. Meaningful contributions to sustainable urban development on the continent will require inclusive and coordinated policies, strategies and actions, which should be based on context-specific evidence and nuanced analysis of urban processes.

Based on initial learning under the International Science Council project Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA 2030 Africa), this report sheds light on what it takes to co-produce transdisciplinary knowledge on sustainable urban development in Africa, through collaboration between scientists, policy actors, urban practitioners, the private sector and communities.

The report identifies opportunities and challenges for this form of knowledge co-production in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals framework, and provides options for creating enabling environments for African scientists to undertake this type of research