ARUA’s regional hubs – University of Cape Town, University of Ghana, and University of Nairobi – all form part of additional networks, including those listed below.


The AfriAlliance project aims to better prepare Africa for future climate change challenges by having African and European stakeholders work together in the areas of water innovation, research, policy, and capacity development. Rather than creating new networks, the 16 EU and African partners in this project are consolidating existing ones, consisting of scientists, decision makers, practitioners, citizens, and other key stakeholders, into an effective, problem-focused knowledge sharing mechanism. This is coordinated by means of an innovation platform: the Africa-EU Innovation Alliance for Water and Climate.

International Universities Climate Alliance

The International Universities Climate Alliance provides a central hub for universities to share the latest climate research with the public and enable greater collaboration between leading research teams, supporting global leaders, policy makers and industry in planning for and responding to climate change. All of the ARUA regional hubs are part of this alliance.


The Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA) programme was launched in 2016 to foster scientific contributions from Africa to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially in the urban context. It is run by the International Science Council together with its Regional Office for Africa and in strong partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC). It is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and will run until December 2020.

World Universities Network

The World Universities Network is committed to investing in research that makes a difference to the world. It brings the researchers and resources of world-leading member universities together to develop solutions that no one university or nation can solve alone. The international, interdisciplinary research teams are collaborating with universities, research centres, civil society, government and industry to solve some of society’s most vexing concerns.