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  • African education successes in focus at eLearning Africa conference

    For Asia Kamukama, innovation means a four-by-four with solar panels strapped to the roof, the boot containing all the equipment needed for a fully-functional ICT classroom. She is Executive Director of the Maendeleo Foundation, an organisation that makes computers available in areas of Uganda where there is no electricity or broadband Internet.

    While infrastructure in the equatorial region is underdeveloped, it does have a key advantage: plentiful, reliable sunlight. Mobile solar classrooms, an ever more common sight trundling along the potholed roads of rural Africa, show that the creative use of an abundant resource can overcome disadvantages.

  • African EduWeek conference to discuss ICT in classroom

    The annual African EduWeek conference will this year host key sessions on the incorporation of ICT and technologies into the classroom and learning process in a bid to improve educational practices.

    Following from the release of the South African matriculation (matric) examination results yesterday, the organisers of the event said the current quality of education is questionable, and both teaching and learning methods need to be reassessed.

  • African gov'ts resolve to improve governance, build human capacity and empower citizens through ICT

    Unlocking the gaps in ICT development in Africa through partnership and collaboration

    Leaders in ICT development in Africa today joined some 130 stakeholders in Maputo at the 4th annual e-Governance Africa Forum organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) in collaboration with Mozambique’s Ministry of Science and Technology, to propose solutions to the numerous challenges facing African governments in their efforts to develop and deploy information and communications technologies to improve government service delivery, build capacity and skill sets, and ensure citizen empowerment.

  • African goverments lagging behind in ICT

    Imported social and economic programmes have failed to enhance African countries' rate of industrialisation and there is need to realign present local policies with regards to ICT-driven strategies.

    This came out of the ongoing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Africa conference in Harare this week.

    African countries have seen decades of imposed structural adjustment policies that have failed to raise industrialisation levels on the continent.

  • African governments get behind Africa's domain name

    Government ministers attending the recent Innovation Africa Digital (IAD) Summit in Ethiopia, this week pledged their support for the ZA Central Registry's (ZACR) bid to become the dotAfrica Registry Operator. The ZACR is a non-profit company based in South Africa, and is the administrator of the popular CO.ZA domain name space.

    "The drive towards Africa's very own Top Level Domain (TLD) continues to gather momentum and we need the support of all African governments and the broader community as that momentum gathers further steam," said Koffi Fabrice Djossou, who presented the ZACR's case for dotAfrica at the Summit.

  • African Health Ministers asked to define e-health framework

    Vice President John Dramani Mahama, on Wednesday called on African Ministers of Health to define an e-health framework to review policies and strategies for the achievement of major health goals that will extend beyond the Millennium Development Goals. He said the framework should also take into consideration the needs and resources of Africa and ensure that the continent deployed e-health solutions for the sake of the people.

    The Vice President made the call at the opening of a two-day United Nations (UN) Africa Regional Ministerial meeting on e-Health, in Accra on Tuesday.

  • African ICT development to accelerate through CPCIF

    The Convergence Partners Communications Infrastructure Fund (CPCIF), an infrastructure fund that is dedicated solely to the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in Africa, was launched this week by Convergence Partners.

    With a first close of $145 million, it is one of the largest African based infrastructure funds, notwithstanding its single sector focus.

    CPCIF, which has a targeted final close of $250 million, aims to invest in communications infrastructure and related services and technologies across sub-Saharan Africa. It expects to generate significant returns for investors, while also enabling ICT- driven socio-economic development.

  • African ICT job opportunities high, skills lacking

    A new survey published on Tuesday reveals that as telecom jobs in Africa booms, the continent still lacks skilled workers, calling on universities and governments to do more to boost the output of telecom and IT specialists in Africa.

    The 2012 Telecommunications Survey, carried out by global Amrop executive search group member, Landelahni Business Leaders, highlights the skills gaps in the African ICT sector.

  • African ICT leaders seeking ideas in Estonia

    Estonia is clearly punching above its weight when it comes to e-services, African ICT leaders attending the Tallinn e-Governance Conference 2017 told daily Postimees.

    One of the conference's highest-ranking guests was African Union Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, effectively the counterpart of European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society Andrus Ansip, Postimees wrote.

  • African Internet exchange project aims to keep traffic local

    Goals include reducing costs and increasing connectivity between African countries, with 8 nations under way

    Eight African countries have begun setting up Internet exchange points as part of an ambitious project by the Internet Society and the African Union Commission, aimed at improving interconnectivity between countries and reducing connectivity costs.

  • African leaders commit to improve public service delivery through ICTs

    Aiming to accelerate social, economic and political development through e-Governance

    The 5th annual e-Governance Africa Forum, attended by some 150 delegates from twenty countries spread across the world, especially Africa, ended today in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with both public and private sector stakeholders resolving to intensify all efforts to improve governance and service delivery through the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs). Organised by the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO), and hosted by the Government of Cameroon through its Ministry of Posts and Telecoms and the Telecommunications Regulatory Board (TRB), the conference was under the theme “Governance, Service Delivery and Democracy through the use of ICTs”.

  • African leaders endorse ICT to cut poverty

    African leaders have unanimously agreed to improve access to information communication technology (ICT) to address the continent's development shortfalls and cut poverty by 2012.

    The African leaders gathered in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, yesterday (29 October) at the 'Connect Africa Summit' — convened by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) — to discuss ways of ensuring better access to ICT.

  • African leaders urged to foster digital transformation in public sector

    This year’s Pan African Digital Initiative Summit & Expo, themed ‘Infrastructure Protection, Cybersecurity, and Connectivity as Growth Drivers in the Digital Age, has in attendance the influential players in the African information and communications technology (ICT) markets as speakers.

    The event was organised by TechTv in partnership with the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), the Association of Licenses Telecoms Operators of Nigeria (ALTON), the Nigeria Data Protection Commission, Zoho Technologies, and others to explore how the widespread deployment of digital technology infrastructure is both creating opportunities for socio-economic development and causing the rise of attacks, both physical and cyber. The consensus among experts is that digital transformation, combined with a rapid explosion of technologies, has paved the way for greater vulnerabilities and newer forms of threat to enterprises.

  • African ministers and ICT pledge for vibrant internet Ecosystem

    The information society which encompasses information and communication technologies, including Internet, medias, broadcasting and postal services, represents one the most vibrant social and economic activities of this century”.

    It is against this backdrop among others that, African Ministers of Communication and Information Technologies gathering today 3rd September 2015 in Addis Ababa in their first ordinary session of the Specialized Technical Committee on Communication and ICT (STC-1 CICT) will discuss the significant strides and innovation in societal transformations in the last decade.

  • African nations agree to satellite project

    A critical mass of countries are signing on to a plan for India to invest 1bn in the Pan-African e-Network satellite project

    A critical mass of countries are signing on to a plan for India to invest 1bn in the Pan-African e-Network satellite project, a joint initiative with the Africa Union aimed at developing the region’s ICT infrastructure.

    The African Union last year entered into an agreement that calls for the Indian government to supply funds for the project. The Indian government will finance the project over a period of five years through a grant to the African Union. Ethiopia for example, has been given a grant of2,13m from India for the project.

  • African nations agree to US$1 billion Indian satellite project

    A critical mass of countries are signing on to a plan for India to invest US$1 billion in the Pan-African e-Network satellite project, a joint initiative with the Africa Union aimed at developing the region's information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure.

    The African Union last year entered into an agreement that calls for the Indian government to supply funds for the project. The Indian government will finance the project over a period of five years through a grant to the African Union. Ethiopia for example, has been given a grant of US$2.13 million from India for the project.

  • African nations embrace e-learning, says new report

    Many countries in Africa including Zambia, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and South Africa are running school connectivity projects

    Most African countries have embraced technology in education, according to the eLearning Africa 2012 report, the first significant attempt to provide a snapshot of how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and better connectivity are believed to be changing the face of education in Africa.

    The report by eLearning Africa, an organization based in Germany, is based on a detailed survey of almost 450 education professionals across the continent. The report, launched by Benin Minister of Communication and Information and Communication Technology Max Ahouéké in Cotonou, Benin, last week at the eLearning Africa conference, shows that 71 percent of those surveyed are now using ICT enhanced learning in their classrooms and 48 percent use mobile phones for education.

  • African nations need to better utlise emerging technologies

    African governments are failing to take advantage of technological advances that can improve the delivery of services to their citizens despite the growth in mobile and information and communications technology (ICT) across the continent, United Nations experts told a meeting in Ethiopia.

    “Such developments have not helped Africa to come to the forefront of e-government development,” said Richard Kerby, Inter-regional adviser on e-government for the UN Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM).

  • Africans Change the Face of Mobility

    Mobile money transfers, payments, how to charge customers and e-health are some of the areas where the rest of the world can look to Africa for inspiration.

    "The Africans are using their mobile phones in a very entrepreneurial way, because it's their lifeline, and small businesses depend on them," said Pertti Johansson, president Middle East and Africa region at Qualcomm.

    The first service Johansson mentioned is mobile payments and transfers. M-PESA ("M" for "mobile" and "PESA," the Swahili word for "money") in Kenya is the most famous such system in Africa, with about 2 million users a year after its launch.

  • Africans choose e-learning

    E-learning in Africa? Maybe in 10 years’ time, the pessimists would argue. Guess what? E-learning has already become a useful tool to support education in Africa and a priority for the continent. ICT in education is making strong progress and leading a new generation of African students to better jobs’ opportunities.

    African governments, private companies and international donors are investing in ICT for education across the continent. Why? As Paul Jhin – CEO of UN Global Initiative on computer for Schools stated: “Our studies revealed that countries that have the more computers will perform better and improve their economic developments compared to those that have less.”

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