SCiLeD Africa is a project birthed by the Lagos Urban Studies Group (LUSG), Department of Geography, University of Lagos, Nigeria, in collaboration with the Institute of Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), University of Ghana, Legon. The project aims to provide sustainable knowledge and solutions to urbanization and environmental challenges in Africa. The SCiLeD project is addressing the urban data dynamics and challenges in African cities towards implementing Goal 11 of Agenda 2030 which connects with other global aspirations including the new urban agenda, African Union Agenda 2063, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, the New Framework for Environmental and Social Safeguards among others which call for new knowledge and methods. It is based on the transdisciplinary research (TDR) paradigm to co-create, co-design and co-produce knowledge by bringing key stakeholders in the academia, governments, businesses, civil society and community groups to address urban challenges including housing and basic services, transportation, participatory planning, air quality and waste management and disaster risk reduction. The output of this project which leverages new data revolution will support knowledge driven decisions and solutions required for inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable communities and cities in Africa.  

SCiLeD Africa Objectives:

  • Innovative research in all aspects of urban development dynamics and governance challenges

  • Providing standardised metrics about cities and communities for better decisions, policies and planning

  • Enhancing sustainable knowledge and solutions in cities and communities

  • Transdisciplinary research towards bridging the gap between science and implementation of knowledge and actions

  • Deployment of social and digital tools and platforms for data collection and management

  • Promoting community-driven surveys and needs assessment