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.
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.
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 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)