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.

DID YOU KNOW?
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.

 

Infrastructure is Africa’s top priority. With low levels of intra-regional economic exchange and the smallest share of global trade, Africa is the least integrated continent in the world....

The world of Information Society / Communication and Information Technologies IS/CIT is rapidly changing not only in Africa but globally as well. The Information Society Division (ISD) at the AUC, the e-Africa Programme within the NPCA and the ICTs, Science and Technology Division (ISTD) of...

The Ministers responsible for information and communication technologies (ICTs) and / or Telecommunications from Member States of the African Union in Eastern and Southern Africa agreed on the Policy and Regulatory Framework for NEPAD ICT Broadband Infrastructure For Eastern and Southern Africa...

Case Studies

This report is part of a wide community informatics feasibility Study which was conducted in 4 Africa regions(Central, East, South and West) .It was commissioned to help operationalise the above CTA strategic goal, and hence to get a clear understanding of the role Community Informatics(CI) can...

Communique

The Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) was held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1 - 3 September 2011....

The 2nd Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF), a high level multistakeholder platform to address emerging issues on Internet Governance in SADC, was convened from 5th to 7th August 2013 in Luanda Angola. The SAIGF which was convened by SADC Secretariat in conjunction with New...

The Internet Governance and ICT Policy Workshop was held on 19 and 20 October 2010 and the participants resolved to initiate the steering process for the establishment of a Southern African Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) to ensure the participation of Southern African people in...

The Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum 2014 (SAIGF-14) was convened from 17th to 19th September 2014 in Lilongwe, Malawi. This high level multi-stakeholder event on emerging issues on Internet Governance (IG) in SADC was hosted by the Government of Malawi.

Policy Briefs

This is the second of a series of issue papers produced for the SAIGF. This is the second paper dealing with the “emerging issues” theme. Cloud computing was the topic of the plenary (main session) on Emerging issues at the 5th Annual Internet Governance Forum in 2010, but still continues to be...

Access and diversity was one of the themes of the Sixth Annual Meeting of the IGF in Nairobi and has always been a significant theme at IGF meetings. The discussion was focused around internet access as a human right. The main question was "Internet as a basic human right: What...

Policy Report

This study includes an overview of the context for agricultural and rural development (ARD), with a specific interest in agricultural research and development (R&D) and ICT initiatives, with the aim of understanding the gap to be filled by a community-oriented framework for grassroots policy...

The study focused on identifying the most appropriate strategy for implementing a community informatics framework, by taking into account the current state of play and the needs and issues presented by various stakeholders and actors in the ICT4D and ARD sectors. The report establishes the...

This is the third paper in a series of papers prepared for the Southern African Internet Governance (SAIGF) forum that serve as an introduction to the themes to be discussed at the 6th Annual Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi 2011. The papers are structured to reflect the themes of the IGF,...

This study examines and explores a Community Informatics (CI) approach as a framework to engage all the stakeholders including the rural citizens in development agenda. The study analysis the policy processes and how they can be enabled to engage the top-down and bottom up policy processes. In-...

This is the fifth of a series of papers prepared for the Southern African Internet Governance (SAIGF) forum that serve as an introduction to the themes to be discussed at the 6th Annual Meeting of the Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi 2011. These papers are intended to provide an introduction...

This study includes an overview of the context for agricultural and rural development (ARD), with a specific interest in agricultural research and development (R&D) and ICT initiatives, with the aim of understanding the gap to be filled by a Community Informatics (CI) framework for...

This is the first of a series of papers prepared for the Southern African Internet Governance (SAIGF) forum that serve as an introduction to the themes to be discussed at the 6th Annual Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi 2011. The papers are structured to reflect the themes of the IGF, which...

This study includes an overview of the context for agricultural and rural development (ARD), with a specific interest in agricultural research and development (R&D) and ICT initiatives, with the aim of understanding the gap to be filled by a community-oriented framework for grassroots policy...

Publications

Highlight the need for decentralized solutions Raise awareness and understanding of decentralized energy options Explore the conditions and inputs needed for their successful deployment Propose a process for incorporating decentralized solutions in national Action Plans ...

Toolkits

The Ministers responsible for information and communication technologies (ICTs) and / or Telecommunications from Member States of the African Union in Eastern and Southern Africa agreed on the Policy and Regulatory Framework for NEPAD ICT Broadband Infrastructure For Eastern and Southern Africa...

The world of Information Society / Communication and Information Technologies IS/CIT is rapidly changing not only in Africa but globally as well. The Information Society Division (ISD) at the AUC, the e-Africa Programme within the NPCA and the ICTs, Science and Technology Division (ISTD) of...

13 December 2017
This cooperation will allow NEPAD Agency and SIF to exchange knowledge and experience on infrastructure project preparation standards and Infrastructure data management.
11 December 2017
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Can Regional Integration Help Africa Realize Its Economic Potential?
28 January 2016
The success of economic development in Africa may hinge on a question of scale—thinking at the regional, rather than the national or continental, level. Ibrahim Mayaki talked with Yale Insights about...
NEPAD mobilizes funds forregional infrastructure – Ibrahim Mayaki
26 January 2016
Africa Renewal’s Franck Kuwonu caught up with NEPAD's CEO at the UN headquarters in New York, where he was attending high-level meetings, to talk about the state of the proposed regional...
Africa has seen a robust growth in Internet access and usage over the past few years and is now ready to take advantage of the social and economic opportunities that the Internet has to offer. “I am...
Contact:

Dr Towela Jere

Email: towelaj@nepad.org

Tel: +27 11 256 3600

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