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 new Africa Council was approved by the MGA Board in June 2018, and it will be a major step toward the long-term stability and sustainability of IEEE’s support of African engineers. The Council includes all African Sections and Sub Sections that wish to participate, and will ultimately become the focus for much of IEEE’s engagement on the continent. The transition is currently underway.

During the current year, the Committee hopes to shift most of its work on community building to the Council. 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 Valencia, Spain.

Transform Africa Summit 2018

Transform Africa Summit 2018

IEEE has 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.” At Transform Africa 2019, IEEE hosted the private Summit luncheon for the heads of state and regulators and ministers, in conjunction with NEPAD (New Partnership for Africa’s Development), the economic development program of the Africa Union. The outcome of the meeting allows IEEE and NEPAD to provide value as partners to the meet the needs of the SAA’s in the space of public policy and other areas identified by the SAA members.

Workshop on Entrepreneurship for Scientists and Engineers

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

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)

2019 IEEE in Africa Program Highlights

Virtual Events Program

  • The Virtual Events Program that enables IEEE members and other stakeholders to access technical information from IEEE conferences and workshops without having to travel large distances or face other related challenges. The program serves over 1000 African engineers annually – a major step forward from the singular IEEE biennial flagship event. Recorded content provided by IEEE Societies is delivered to groups of engineers at multiple locations.  The presentations are enhanced by the participation, on line, of the original presenter, as well as a discussion leader at the point of delivery.  The program has drawn the interest of the Africa Virtual and E-University, a flagship project of the African Union that will offer studies to students in the 54 member countries through the Open Distance and e-Learning model.  Plans are underway for four virtual events in 2019 – two from IEEE PES and two from Engineering 4 Change, which are being coordinated by the Africa Council for an expanded audience.

Distinguished Lecturer Program

  • Worked with participating technical Societies to enable Visiting Experts to provide local stakeholders with unique first-hand access to the latest technical information. Three  Distinguished Lecturer tours (13 events) were held in Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda, with speakers from Signal Processing Society and a Lightning expert.  Over 300 engineers participated in these talks.

Short Courses for Engineers

Industry-led short course on wireless telecommunications Kampala, Uganda Jan 2019

  • Collaborated with the IEEE Communications Society, and local telecommunication companies (Airtel Uganda, MTN Uganda, Sombha Communications and Voitech Solutions) to conduct a two-week hands-on training workshop on Wireless Communications Technologies and Solutions in Kampala, Uganda.  The workshop targeted recent Electrical/Electronic and Telecommunications Engineering graduates, final year engineering students and new recruits in the local telecommunications industry. The equipment used for the workshop was provided by telco equipment vendors, while experienced engineers at the telcos served as course instructors.   The course was substantially oversubscribed (80 admitted vs. 40 planned).  Immediate outputs included a petition for the formation of a Communications Society Chapter in Uganda, proposals for industry-funded follow-on events, and 29 new IEEE members. Industry regulators, Uganda Communications Commission and the National IT Authority participated as observers.
  • Another event was held in Kigali, Rwanda in early September.

IEEE Lab Equipment Program

  • Assisted in addressing the availability of up-to-date teaching equipment that is key to training engineers. AHCA sought to build a partnership that would bring together the capabilities to upgrade lab equipment. The first pilot project (Pilot 1) is almost complete, providing Copperbelt University in Zambia with four teaching stations for courses in ac transmission and power electronics – equipment choices made by the faculty at Copperbelt.  Seeding Labs is managing the project for IEEE and Festo Didactic, a leading provider of equipment for technical education, provided the equipment.  Several volunteers from IEEE-PES, who are familiar with the circumstances at Copperbelt, are providing technical guidance.  The equipment will be commissioned in October. Festo Didactic will provide training, with the assistance of local IEEE volunteers. AHCA and Seeding Labs are continuing planning Pilot 2, which is expected to provide equipment for a communications teaching laboratory at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.  Makerere university faculty are currently identifying needed equipment.  

IEEE Communities in Africa

IEEE Africa Sections and Sub Sections

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. 

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