URAC thematic areas:

1. Urban governance and the right to the city

2. Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) and health governance

3. Environment & green spaces 

4. Livelihoods, community and social empowerment 

5. Disaster risk management, 

6. Democratic governance and citizenship   

7. Urban informality: housing, street trade, transport and food systems 

8. Land and land resources governance,

9. Gender mainstreaming, 

10. International / local migration, refugee and urban economies

11. Rural – urban interactions   


URAC aims at promoting evidence-based development policy planning and implementation, services delivery, and accountability. Since its establishment in 2016 the Centre has been committed to enhancing and sustaining strong data-informed decision-making cultures in public, private, and community-based institutions


We are driven by the belief that all human beings desire to live better and inclusion is therefore a must. Through action research, participatory data utilization, training and advocacy, our overall goal is to positively contribute to the improvement of the quality of life in the society we live in. We use our advanced research capabilities and unique professional expertise.


URAC empowers academics, development practitioners, service providers, and beneficiaries to utilize data, analytics, information, and evidence to make sound decisions and choices, and take actions that benefit local communities and society at large.


To be a national and regional leader in the promotion of evidence-based development planning and implementation, and advocacy for people-centred services delivery systems.


URAC has office space, field vehicles, desktop and laptop computers, and internet facilities. In addition to the main office in the City of Mzuzu in northern Malawi, the Centre has two outstations at Chintheche and Chilumba and sub-offices in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Zomba which are used for coordination of fieldwork, community-based intervention programmes, and related outreach activities.