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IEEE in Africa

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 event:

Transform Africa Summit 2017: 10–12 May 2017
Transform Africa Summit 2017, hosted by His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, was honored to be invited to join in this most prestigious summit, where IEEE President Karen Bartleson shared the stage with heads of state to speak about the power of women and the IEEE commitment to Africa. The 2017 Summit featured the unveiling of key action documents: the Africa Smart City Blueprint, outlining the plan toward achieving the Smart Africa goal, and the Africa Smart Women and Girl initiative, presented by the First ladies of Africa highlighting the crucial role women and girls play in Africa’s digital transformation agenda.

Other events:

Karen Bartleson Public Lecture at University of Rwanda: 8 May 2017
Ms. Bartelson, President and CEO of IEEE, will address female engineering graduates and undergraduates at the University of Rwanda Nyarugenge Campus, where she will share her experiences from over 35 years in the engineering industry, including the challenges and opportunities she has faced and key lessons learned.
Karen Bartleson and NzomoKenya Outreach: 15–18 May 2017
An executive-level delegation led by IEEE President Karen Bartleson is traveled to Nairobi, Kenya. The purpose of this industry outreach is to engage Kenya’s technology leaders, explore current and emerging issues of mutual interest, and determine how IEEE, as a major producer of technical information and educational activities, can better serve members, professionals, and the public.  The outreach visit was facilitated by the IEEE Kenya Section. Shown in the photo are President Karen Bartleson and Eng. Martin Nzomo, Chair, IEEE Kenya Section.

IEEE Power & Engineering Society (PES) PowerAfrica Conference: 27–30 June 2017
IEEE PES offers this premier international forum on advances in the development and deployment of technologies and business models that are realizing Africa’s energy future. This year’s conference will emphasize the emerging opportunities to leverage ICT to build solutions for both on-grid and off-grid systems across the continent that are economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable. The role of current and future regulations, investment frameworks, and policies will also be addressed. 

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.

IEEE AFRICON 2017 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.

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)



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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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