IST-Africa Report on ICT Initiatives, Research and Innovation Priorities and Capacity

31 December 2018

The IST-Africa Initiative is actively supporting Research and Innovation cooperation between Africa and Europe.

It can be challenging for both European and African researchers to access the most up to date information in relation to the current situation in a specific African country with which they may wish to collaborate. There is also a significant challenge of data fragmentation at national level that can also impact on cooperation between local stakeholders.

As a result the IST-Africa Consortium have undertaken a longitudinal study across the 17 participating African countries in North Africa (Egypt, Tunisia), West Africa (Senegal), East Africa (Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda), Central Africa (Cameroon) and Southern Africa (Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland) since 2009 to provide regular updates to this comprehensive report that showcases achievements and current status in relation to the ICT research environment, national research priorities and research and innovation capacity. An ongoing mapping of existing and emerging Innovation Spaces supporting technology-related community development as well as entrepreneurship has also been undertaken across the IST-Africa Partner Countries.

The latest report (December 2018) documents the

- current state of ICT and innovation related policy making, infrastructure and ICT-related initiatives

- national ICT research priorities and mapping of research capacity

- African participation to date in Horizon 2020

- results from ICT-39-2015 and ICT-39-2017 Horizon 2020 Calls and provides profiles for some of the Research and Innovation Action and Innovation Actions funded

- Digital4Development framework launched by the European Commission and profiles on some of the short term and medium term actions currently ongoing

- Overview and mapping of Innovation Spaces

Click here to download the 2018 report.

This report is complemented the Report on ICT and Innovation-related Bilateral & Multilateral Cooperation Initiatives , December 2018", ISBN: 978-1-905824-61-8.