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The need for engineering capacity is widely recognized across the African continent. Many African countries have produced development plans that identify goals and strategies to this end. IEEE, through its Board of Directors–endorsed IEEE in Africa Strategy, recognizes the opportunity to assist in cultivating greater engineering capacity to advance technology and innovation. The IEEE in Africa Strategy has identified five focus countries (Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zambia) under three broad goals for expanded IEEE engagement:

  • Goal 1: Support engineering education and workforce development
  • Goal 2: Build a sustainable community of IEEE members and volunteers
  • Goal 3: Support government policy development and increase opportunities for IEEE to serve as a resource for engineering capacity development

With almost 6,000 IEEE members and 15 IEEE Sections and sub-Sections across the 54 countries of Africa, IEEE is poised to deliver on these goals to enhance capacity on the continent.



The details* around the above three goals are:

Goal 1:  Support Engineering Education and Workforce Development

Expanded Access to IEEE Xplore®
IEEE Virtual Events Program in Africa
IEEE/UNESCO African Conference Scholarship Program
Equipment and Laboratory Expansion Program
IEEE/UNESCO African Distinguished Visitor Program
Short Courses for New Engineering Graduates
Developing Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Africa
Expanding Access to,, and
Promoting Inter-university partnerships

Goal 2: Building a Sustainable Community of IEEE Members and Volunteers

Strengthening Local IEEE Entities and Building Collaborations
Engagement with National and Regional Professional Societies
Volunteer Leadership Development Program
African Student and Young Professionals Congress
Supporting African Innovation, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and Entrepreneurship
Support for Standards Development in Africa

Goal 3: Government Policy Support and Increasing the Visibility of IEEE as a Resource for Engineering Capacity Development

Negotiation of a Partnership with AU/NEPAD
Revitalization of IEEE Partnership with UNESCO on Education in Africa
Outreach to the Smart Africa Alliance

*These are 2017/2018 goals and may be subject to change.


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Featured events:

Workshop: Introduction to Systems Modelling with Universal Modelling Language (UML) at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in Kumasi, Ghana
10-15 August 2017 (five-day workshop)
Lecturer, Roozbeh Mehrabadi from The University of British Columbia

Lecture: IEEE sponsored keynote lecture for the Engineering Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ESTE) conference, organized by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST)
16-18 August 2017
Lecturer, Roozbeh Mehrabadi

Workshop: Real-time and Parallel Computing workshop: Introduction to Operating Systems principles, Real-time concepts and programming in multi-process environment
at Makerere University, in Kampala, Uganda
21-24 August 2017 (four-day workshop)
Lecturer, Roozbeh Mehrabadi

5th IEEE Middle East Student and Young Professional Congress (MESYP): 1-4 August 2017, Tunisia
MESYP is an international IEEE congress that brings together engineering students and young professionals in order to provide technical enrichment and a cultural exchange. MESYP is organized by the IEEE INSAT Student Branch, where more than 200 participants from the Middle East and North Africa will gather for a professional and cultural new experience. IEEE President and CEO Karen Bartleson is scheduled to be a featured speaker.

The Africa SYP Congress will take place at Baze University, Abuja, Nigeria, 8-10 September 2017. Africa SYP Congress Scholarship applications are being accepted through the IEEE African Conference Scholarship Program. Download Africa SYP Scholarship Conference Application (PDF, 176 KB).

For more information about the Africa SYP, please email Engr. Abdullateef Aliyu (PMP)®, MSc.(ICT), CQIA, SMIEEE at

The IEEE East Africa Students and Young Professionals Congress (EASYP) will take place at the prestigious Kenyatta University, located on Nairobi, the capital city and economic hub of East Africa. Students and YPs from Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, and other countries in East Africa will gather to gain technical enrichment, cultural exchange, and help to secure growth potential for long-term IEEE community building in East Africa. The proposed date is 5-8 October 2017. For more information, please email Anita Mekwunye at

Cape Town, South Africa, 18–20 September 2017
IEEE’s flagship conference in Africa, IEEE AFRICON 2017 provides a platform for academic and industry professionals from all over the world, to share ideas, to present their latest research, and to network.

AFRICON Scholarship Applicants are being accept through the IEEE African Conference Scholarship Program.

IEEE Virtual Events Program in Africa Update
The IEEE Virtual Events Program is targeted at the community of technologists and technology students in Africa who are interested in having access to IEEE content. Content is provided through a combination of in-person sessions and on-demand access. The program is sponsored by the IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Activities in Africa and produced by IEEE Meetings, Conferences & Events (IEEE Technical Activities).

Download the IEEE-Virtual-Events-Program-in-Africa-2016 infographic (PDF, 1 MB)

The next IEEE Virtual Event Program in Africa will take place in Q4. More information to follow.



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IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Activities in Africa

The IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Activities in Africa (AHCAA) was appointed by IEEE President Karen Bartleson to begin the implementation of the strategic business and operational plans defined in the Strategy for IEEE in Africa.

The Committee’s efforts in 2017 will focus on the specific technologies, projects, and geographies approved by the IEEE Board of Directors at its November 2016 meeting. It is understood that the Committee will provide primary oversight for most of these projects, and that a small number of projects will receive oversight from other organizational units of IEEE, with the committee providing secondary support.

Download the AHCAA charter (PDF, 123 KB)


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Get involved

IEEE has 15 IEEE Sections and sub-Sections across the 54 countries of Africa. Contact them directly to get involved in their activities. 

Find IEEE Africa Sections and sub-Sections (XLSX, 12 KB)

Connect to IEEE in Africa on Facebook


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