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About Us

What is the Urban Knowledge Exchange?

The Urban Knowledge Exchange is a response to an identified need for increased information exchange in the Southern African region. It has been developed as a broad collaboration of partners, with the CSIR acting as the custodian.

The purpose of the Urban Knowledge Exchange is to improve the delivery of better quality human settlements, towns and cities by making reliable, evidence-based knowledge more widely accessible. It encompasses thematic areas such as sustainable human settlement development and management, better infrastructure and services, access to well-located land, efficient shelter production, a more functional residential property market, improved transport networks, more equitable urban development, good governance, building resilience and responding to climate change, and promoting more affordable housing finance.

The knowledge repository is devoted to promoting innovation and good practice for cities, towns, and villages through offering links to an online library, knowledge directory, upcoming events, moderated debates, portal (links to further hubs), and content uploading facility. With the aim to collaborate with existing platforms on various locational scales the project will further provide opportunities for global information sharing.

Find out how the uKESA knowledge sharing platform can assist you in your human settlements and urban planning work by watching this video.


Address: Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Meiring Naude Rd, Lynnwood, Pretoria, South Africa


Funders and Sponsors

The success of the Urban Knowledge Exchange depends on the support and cooperation of various stakeholders; including funders and sponsors. The project is ever-grateful to the Department of Science and Technology for its generous seed funding has allowed the Urban Knowledge Exchange concept to grow and develop.

Take a moment to click through and read about the various partner organisations and what they have to offer.

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