[AfrICANN-discuss] FW: EuroAfrica-ICT quarterly e-Newsletter

Anne-Rachel Inne anne-rachel.inne at icann.org
Tue Apr 3 14:47:14 SAST 2012

FYI –sorry for duplicates

[http://euroafrica-ict.org/files/2012/03/Banner_bordeaux.jpg]January - March 2012

Dear colleague,

In this new edition of the EuroAfrica-ICT quarterly e-Newsletter, we are very pleased to inform you that a new phase of the EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative started in January 2012, with the launch of the EuroAfrica-P8 project. Defined in full continuity with the previous projects, EuroAfrica-P8 will span over 24 months (2012-2013) with the aim of strengthening ICT research and policy links between Africa and Europe under the 8th Strategic Partnership<http://www.africa-eu-partnership.org/science-information-society-and-space>.

If you wish to receive daily updates on the EuroAfrica-ICT initiative, follow us on LinkedIn<http://www.linkedin.com/groups/EuroAfrica-Cooperation-on-ICT-Research-2892844?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr> and Twitter<http://twitter.com/#!/EuroAfrica_ICT> until the next n'letter!

Should you have any thoughts or comments, please click here<mailto:info at euroafrica-ict.org> and share them with us!

Best regards,

The EuroAfrica-P8 Partnership



Official launch of the EuroAfrica-P8 project
The kick-off meeting of the newly launched EuroAfrica-P8 FP7 project ('Supporting policy dialogues and cooperation with Africa to enhance ICT cooperative research links between Europe and Africa in the framework of the 8th Africa-EU Strategic Partnership’ – GA #288309) took place on January 25-26, 2012 in Nice, France. Part of the International Relations Unit’s portfolio of the European Commission’s DG INFSO (Call FP7-ICT-2011-7), the EuroAfrica-P8 Project is defined in full continuity with and builds upon the substantial results obtained and the significant momentum created by three previous projects: START (2006-2007), EuroAfriCa-ICT (2008-2009) and EuroAfrica-ICT.org (2010-2011).

Upcoming EuroAfrica-ICT events


Next Euro-African FP7/ICT awareness workshop
Date: June 13-14, 2012
Location: Maseru, Lesotho


2012 Euro-Africa Cooperation Forum on ICT Research
Date: November 6-7, 2012
Location: Lisbon, Portugal

European Commission - FP7 ongoing Calls for Proposals

Below is a selection of open Calls for Proposals, related to the main areas of interest to the EuroAfrica-ICT community:

Information Communication Technologies (ICT)


 *   FP7-ICT-2011-9 (ICT Call 9)
 *   FP7-ICT-2011-C (FET Open)

Marie Curie Actions


 *   FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IAPP (Marie Curie Industry-Academia Partnerships and Pathways)
 *   FP7-PEOPLE-2012-CIG (Marie Curie Career Integration Grants)
 *   FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IOF (Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowships for career development)
 *   FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IIF (Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships)

The full text of the calls is available in the Participant Porta<http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/fp7_calls>l<http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/page/fp7_calls>

Upcoming Events


2nd CAAST-Net stakeholder Conference
Date: April 24-25, 2012
Location: Dakar, Senegal
Organiser: Ministry of Higher Education and Regional Academic Centres and Scientific Research


IST-Africa 2012
Date: May 9-11, 2012
Loca tion: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Organiser: IST-Africa initiative EU-funded project


TERENA Networking conference
Date: May 21-24, 2012
Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Organiser: Trans-European Research and Education Networking Association (TERENA)


e-Learning Africa 2012
Date: May 23-25, 2012
Location: Cotonou, Benin
Organiser: ICWE GmbH



African Union Research grant: open call 2012
The African Union Commission is seeking proposals for research focusing on the following thematic priorities articulated in Africa’s Science and Technology Consolidated Plan of Action (CPA) and its Lighthouse Projects: (a) Post-harvest and Agriculture, (b) Renewable and Sustainable Energy, and (c) Water and Sanitation in Africa. The programme is financed through the Financing Agreement between the European Commission and the ACP Group of States under the ACP Research for Sustainable Development Program of the 10th EDF Intra-ACP Envelop. Deadline: April 20, 2012.


14th Africa-EU Joint Task Force Meeting
The fourteenth meeting of the Africa-EU Joint Task Force (JTF) was held on March 8-9, 2012 in Brussels, Belgium. The opening plenary session was co-chaired on the EU side, by Mr. Nicholas Westcott, Managing Director of the Africa Department of the European External Action Service (EEAS), and Mrs. Francesca Mosca, Director, DG Development and Cooperation in the European Commission. On the African side, the meeting was co-chaired by Ambassador John Kayode Shinkaiye, Chief of Staff in the Bureau of the Chairperson of the AU Commission. The meeting was also attended by the AU rotating Presidency represented by his Excellency the Ambassador of Benin, European and African co-chairs of the Joint Expert Groups (JEGs), the European and the Pan-African Parliaments, Civil Society from both continents, Senior Officials of the two Commissions and the EEAS, as well as representatives from the Member! States, the African Regional Economic Communities, the African Development Bank and the European Investment Bank.


Internet speed rank in Africa
Ghana has been ranked number one in Africa as the country with the highest Internet speed, according to the latest global internet speed report released March 5, 2012 by US-based, Ookla. Ookla is the global leader in broadband testing and web-based network diagnostic applications, and its report was based on millions of recent test results from Speedtest.


The AU summit adopted the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)
African Heads of State endorsed the launch of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), a multi-billion dollar initiative that will run through 2040. In a statement at their 18th summit held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on January 30, 2012, the Heads of State approved the implementation of the recommendations in the study on PIDA presented to the summit. The study was a joint initiative of the African Union, the African Development Bank and the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordination Agency. Endorsement by the AU summit will now be followed by more detailed planning on the actual implementation of PIDA.


Call for proposals: INTRA-ACP academic mobility scheme
The call for proposals for the “Intra-ACP academic mobility scheme” has been published by the European Commission on February 10, 2012. This call aims at aims to strengthen cooperation between higher education institutions (HEIs) in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific in view of increasing access to quality education that will encourage and enable students to undertake postgraduate studies, and to promote student retention in the region along with mobility of staff (academic and administrative) while increasing competitiveness and attractiveness of the institutions themselves. Deadline for submissions: May 10, 2012.

About the EuroAfrica-ICT initiative

 *   The EuroAfrica-ICT initiative has been developing since 2006 with the aim of strengthening ICT research and policy links between Africa and Europe under the 8th Strategic Partnership<http://www.africa-eu-partnership.org/science-information-society-and-space> by:

Encouraging African participation in EU-funded programmes (ICT Theme)
Supporting the implementation of the '8th Africa-EU Strategic Partnership' and the JEG8 activities
Building a community to strengthen EU-African collaborative research

 *   Partnership: CERT<http://www.cert.nat.tn/?lang=EN> (Tunisia) / CSIR<http://www.csir.co.za/> (South Africa) / ESMT<http://www.esmt.sn/> (Senegal) / Fraunhofer<http://www.fraunhofer.de/en/.html> (Germany) / IICD<http://www.iicd.org/> (The Netherlands) / KICTB<http://www.ict.go.ke/> (Kenya) / KTH<http://www.kth.se/en> (Sweden) / MCIT<http://mcit.gov.eg/> (Egypt) / Sigma Orionis<http://www.sigma-orionis.com/about.php> (France) / UMIC<http://www.english.umic.pt/> (Portugal) / VTT<http://www.vtt.fi/?lang=en> (Finland)



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