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:
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.
Transform Africa Summit 2018
Pictured: Past-President Bartleson signing MOU with Dr. Hamadoun Toure, Executive Director of Smart Africa Alliance
IEEE established an agreement to work with the Smart Africa Alliance, an intergovernmental organization led by the Heads of State of 24 African countries working together to create a “Single African Digital Market.” Co-sponsored, participated in, and exhibited at the Alliance’s 2017 and 2018 annual Transform Africa Summit meetings.
Workshop on Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers
An intensive, one-week “Workshop on Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers” (a boot camp) in Kigali, Rwanda, to support technologists in Uganda and Rwanda who want to start companies. Sixty aspiring entrepreneurs were accepted into the Workshop from 144 applicants. Similar workshops had previously been sponsored in Ghana and Kenya.
Watch the videos below to hear feedback from some of the participants and speakers.
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 TryEngineering.org, TryComputing.org, and TryNano.org
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.
The IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Africa (AHCA) is responsible to the IEEE Board of Directors for carrying out the three-year Strategy for IEEE Assistance in Building Engineering Capacity in Under-Served African Countries, adopted by the Board in November 2016, and commonly known as the IEEE in Africa Strategy.
Download the AHCA charter (PDF, 123 KB)