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.


At the June board meeting, the IEEE Board of Directors approved the motion to form the Africa Council. The Africa Council will be the IEEE body to share initiatives and activities with IEEE members across the continent; to collaborate with national associations, institutions, and industry; to establish partnerships; and over time, to take over and own the activities initiated by the IEEE Board Ad Hoc Committee on Africa. Upon approval of the formation of the IEEE Africa Council, the council will continue to implement programs of the strategy for IEEE to assist in building engineering capacity in underserved African nations. The first meeting of the Africa Council was hosted by the Tunisia Section in conjunction with the Section’s 10th anniversary (see link below). The following people were proposed and nominated to serve on the council: Gloria Chukwudebe, Council Chair; Habib Kammoun, Council Secretary; Shaun Kaplan, Council Treasurer; and Raphael Onoshakpor, Chair Council Committee Member responsible for elections. These are interim positions, and an election will be held following the council’s next meeting, scheduled to take place at the October Region 8 meeting in Belgrade, Serbia.

The IEEE Future Innovations Summit was organized on the occasion of the 10th anniversary celebration of the IEEE Tunisia Section. It will be an opportunity to celebrate together the great success of the IEEE Tunisia section, established on June 2008.

Read about the Summit


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.

Eric Nizeyimana, Participant at the IEEE-EAIFR-ICTP Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda 2018

Dr. Gudula Basaza, Speaker at the IEEE-EAIFR-ICTP Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda 2018

Ebinezer Mugisha, Participant at the IEEE-EAIFR-ICTP Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda 2018

Lilian Nabuleje, Participant at the IEEE-EAIFR-ICTP Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda 2018

Theophile Tuyishimire, Participant at the IEEE-EAIFR-ICTP Workshop in Kigali, Rwanda 2018

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/Conference Travel Subsidy Program
Equipment and Laboratory Expansion Program
IEEE/Distinguished Visitor Program
Short Courses for New Engineering Graduates
Developing Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Africa
Expanding Access to Pre-university Electronic Resources

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

Building a Sustainable Community of Volunteers: Engagement with National and Regional Professionals
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

Partnership with Africa Union/NEPAD
Revitalization of IEEE Partnership with UNESCO on Education in Africa
Partnership with Smart Africa Alliance

*These are 2017/2018 goals and may be subject to change.
IEEE Ad Hoc Committee on Africa

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)

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)

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