E-Africa Programme

Broadband access is the key to unlocking Africa’s internet economy. Several and differing targets have been set at the continental level and through global fora that relate to Africa’s aspirations for increased internet access in general and broadband access in particular. All, however, would require that current growth rates in internet penetration are at the least sustained, if not doubled.

The NEPAD Agency's e-Africa Programme works to boost broadband access in Africa through: (i) increased bandwidth and investment in ICT; (ii) reduced costs of access to ICTs; (iii) improved online content and services; (iv) enhanced ICT skills on the continent; and (v) an enabling policy environment for ICT in Africa. It thus contributes to positioning Africa as a globally competitive digital society by promoting the relevant policies, strategies and projects.

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Africa has only one web domain for every 10,000 people, versus a global average of 94 domains for every 10,000 people and as such has a small share of the global domain name industry. The dotAfrica project supported by the NEPAD e-Africa programme will enable Africa’s share of the market to grow by allowing business and entities to uniquely brand their African focus and by creating opportunities for digital entrepreneurs that will offer information, content and services under the dotAfrica brand.

Broadband access is the key to unlocking Africa’s internet economy. Several and differing targets have been set at the continental level and through global fora that relate to Africa’s aspirations for increased internet access in general and broadband access in particular. All, however, would require that current growth rates in internet penetration are at the least sustained, if not doubled.

The NEPAD Agency's e-Africa Programme works to boost broadband access in Africa through: (i) increased bandwidth and investment in ICT; (ii) reduced costs of access to ICTs; (iii) improved online content and services; (iv) enhanced ICT skills on the continent; and (v) an enabling policy environment for ICT in Africa. It thus contributes to positioning Africa as a globally competitive digital society by promoting the relevant policies, strategies and projects.

Results:

In 2014, the e-Africa Programme continued to focus on developing capacity in policy and governance, promoting regional policy dialogues, securing the dotAfrica namespace, facilitating PIDA ICT implementation and developing a comprehensive ICT strategy for Africa.

 

The NEPAD e-Africa Programme has also developed an online database that will provide answers to this question, helping to locate African ICT skill and expertise across the continent. The database will be launched in June 2015 and is intended to provide a variety of information at national, regional and continental levels that can be easily accessed by member states and other stakeholders. Over time, the database will serve as a useful diagnostic tool for capacity development in the ICT sector.

 

In 2012, the NEPAD Agency partnered with First Space Fiber (FSF) to work on the development of a new and more sustainable model for the NEPAD e-Schools flagship Initiative. The e-schools are intended to impart ICT skills to young Africans in primary and secondary schools and harnesses ICT to improve, enrich and expand education. This involves not only providing schools with hardware and software, but also developing curricula, training teachers and harnessing ICT to improve the quality of teaching and learning in African schools. The new model incorporates new methods for teacher training and development, equipment maintenance and production of local educational content. In 2014, FSF launched this new model at Lycee Bargny School, one of the 100 schools under the NEPAD e-Schools Initiative. Using this approach, FSF has implemented an additional 12 schools and 4 teacher-training centers and funding commitments have been secured from the Government of Senegal for nationwide rollout.

 

The African Union Convention on Cyberspace Security and Protection of Personal Data was adopted by the AU Summit in June 2014, following five years of work since the 2009 Oliver Tambo Declaration by Ministers responsible for ICTs that called for such a convention. The NEPAD Agency contributed to the development of the convention in collaboration with other partners in 2015 will work on promulgation and ratification of the Convention.

 

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