LIRA 2030 Africa

We would like to share with you this video about the Leading Integrated Research for Agenda 2030 in Africa (LIRA 2030 Africa) that supports African early - career scientists to generate new solutions-oriented knowledge on sustainable futures of African cities, in partnership with local authorities, industry, communities, and government. 

In the coming weeks, we will be sharing videos of individual LIRA projects. We would appreciate if you could share these videos through your networks. 

The LIRA 2030 Africa programme is being implemented by the International Science Council together with its Regional Office for Africa and in partnership with the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC), with financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

The five-year programme aims to increase the production and use of solution-oriented, contextualized and policy-relevant knowledge on sustainable development in cities across Africa. Given the complexity, uncertainty, and contested nature of urban challenges, the LIRA programme promotes transdisciplinary (TD) research, i.e. knowledge co-design and co-production with key stakeholders, in a specific urban context in Africa.

To achieve its goal, the LIRA programme supports collaborative research projects led by African early career researchers. These research projects aimto test the effectiveness of TD approach in overcoming the knowledge-action gap required for addressing sustainability challenges in African cities. 

Since 2016, the LIRA programme has supported 28 collaborative research projects across Africa. Each project brings together cities across at least two countries in Africa. The goal is to foster research collaboration across African research institutions and learning across cities. A particular emphasis is made on ensuring participation of low-income countries in research collaboration. The list of LIRA projects can be found at Twenty-two countries in Africa are covered by the projects, including Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. 

The LIRA programme also provides capacity building activities on how to undertake knowledge co-design and co-production. The programme also offers opportunities for scientific exchange and for South–South research collaboration through Annual Research Forums. Outstanding early-career scientists also have opportunities for career development through participation in international scientific committees and conferences, working groups and inter-governmental policy processes.  

The programme will end in December 2020. We are starting the process for developing the next phase of the LIRA programme, to be led by an African research institution. If you are interested to work with us on the creation of such a programme, please contact us at

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