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.
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 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)