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IST-Africa Initiative (2012 - 2013) - Regional Impact of Information Society Technologies in Africa (IST-Africa 2012-13)
Start date: Oct 1, 2011, End date: Jan 31, 2014 PROJECT  FINISHED 

IST-Africa (2012 - 2013) is a strategic collaboration between 1 European partner and 18 African Ministries and National Councils responsible for ICT /STI adoption, policy and research representing North Africa (Egypt, Tunisia), Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Botswana, Swaziland, Malawi), East Africa (Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Ethiopia), West Africa (Senegal, Ghana) & Central Africa (Cameroon).The main objectives of IST-Africa (2012 - 2013) are to: Support Information Society & ICT R&D dialogues and increase cooperation between EC, AUC, EU & African MS and key regional organisations; Support work of European Expert Group & implementation of 8th Africa-EU Strategic Partnership; Organise events synchronised with dialogue meetings, providing input on common R&D priorities and strengthening EU-Africa research links; Identify and analyse African ICT research priorities and provide recommendations for future Africa - EU co-operation; Strengthen cooperative research links between European and African organisations to establish strategic partnerships; Support development of NCPs in partner countriesIST-Africa (2012 - 2013) will: Organise 2 Thematic Working Group Meetings; Facilitation of 2 informal Dialogue Meetings of European Expert Group (hosted by EU Member States or EC) to support EC; Organise 2 Ministerial level research conferences in Africa and meetings with RECs & other Regional stakeholders; Engage with national and regional African S&T/ICT Stakeholders to identify research priorities; Organise FP7 Training Workshops in new Partner Countries (Ethiopia, Tunisia, Swaziland, Malawi) to create awareness about Calls, validate priorities, inform recommendations; Organise 2 IST-Africa Workshops at European conferences to highlight African research capacity; Maximize regional impact by engaging with relevant Technology Platforms and publishing content
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