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About Us

What is the Urban Knowledge Exchange?

The Urban Knowledge Exchange is an online repository of quality, evidence-based information about the built environment and human settlements. It is a broad-based initiative across government, civil society and the private sector to strengthen networks in response to an identified need for enhanced information exchange in the Southern African region. 

The Urban Knowledge Exchange aims to improve the delivery of better quality human settlements by connecting decision makers, professionals and practitioners with reliable information and advice. The platform includes the online library, listing of upcoming events, links to online discussions and to other portals and hubs, and a knowledge directory of people and organisations active in this sector. Signed up contributors can access a powerful content uploading facility.

The platform serves as a central location for collections of resources, and encompasses a wide range of 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 initiative is devoted to promoting innovation and good practice for cities, towns, and villages by collaborating and building networks with similar knowledge initiatives and platforms that function at various scales. Together we seek to provide growing opportunities for global information sharing and open access to data.

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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