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The Project is now focusing on identifying organizational entities within or outside of universities managing Research Infrastructures (RIs).



A RI can be a supercomputer, a telescope, a laboratory or any other resource that is shared among researchers. RIs play an increasingly important role in the advancement of knowledge and technology.

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IST-Africa, a project coordinated by the International Management Commission (IIMC) of Ireland, brings together the national ministries or government agencies in 18 African countries responsible for information and communications technology (ICT) or science, technology and innovation (STI) research and policy.
This past week, iMENTORS (also funded under FP7) has been busy recording the IST-Africa project and related FP7 projects.

 

 

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According to an article published on the African Development Bank Group, the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved on Friday, October 18 a US $12.5-million equity investment in the Kibo Fund II. This contribution will allow the Fund to provide access to finance and capacity building to an underserved market of outward-looking small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and mid-market African firms, particularly in low-income and fragile states within various sectors in Africa, thereby boosting income generation and job creation.

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Accoridng to an article published on The African Business Review, Africa suffers from a critical shortage of infrastructure. Its infrastructure coverage lags behind other developing countries, with power deficits presenting the biggest infrastructure challenge. The infrastructure deficit prevents Africa from reaching its full economic potential.

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iMENTORS has been busy recording and mapping information on all participating entities and the connections between them.  ERAfrica is a new entry!

ERAfrica is an EU-funded project with the ambition of creating a "European Research Area Network" for the African continent.

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According to an article published on Ventureburn, the 2013 Africa Summit (#AfricaSummit), hosted by the Omidyar Network in Mauritius, took place last week on 2 October where delegates from around Africa assembled to discuss the Accelerating Entrepreneurship in Africa report compiled by the philanthropic foundation established by Pierre Omidyar, in partnership with global strategy consulting firm, Monitor Group, and published in April this year.

 

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The Richest People In Africa 2013

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According to an article published on VENTURES AFRICA, the combined fortune of Africa’s 55 billionaires is $143.88 billion. The average net worth of the members of this exclusive club is $2.6 billion, while the median age of the richest people in Africa is 65 years.

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According to an article published on Ventureburn, the winners of the 2013 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) has been announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony held in Mauritius by the African Leadership Network (ALN) on Thursday, 3 October.

There’s a total number of five winners (from 12 nominees) all ranging from different industries such as technology, manufacturing, social development and agriculture.

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According to an article published on VENTURES AFRICA, Sub-Saharan Africa has witnessed dramatic growth in ICT access the past few years – and whilst being the fastest growing region for e-infrastructure development, lack of accurate knowledge on past and current development projects creates uncertainties that hamper the effectiveness of investments.FireShot-Screen-Capture-094---Map---www_imentors_eu_map_html.jpg

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Athina Vrakatseli, project Dissemination and Sustainability leader, demonstrated how the iMENTORS platform optimizes donors' ICT4D interventions in Africa during the training and final meeting that EuroRIs-Net+ organised on 16-17 September, in Athens. Click here to see the presentation

 

iMENTORS demonstration:

 

Stakeholders were impressed by the project. The demonstration was followed by a discussion on the timeline of the project and data collection.

 

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The iMENTORS project underwent its 1st periodic review on September 9th by the European Commission and independent experts. The project received the highest grade- excellent- and it is on good track to achieving its objectives. The iMENTORS team is engaged with incorporating the recommendations and is highly pleased with the outcome of the review.

 

 

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Athina Vrakatseli, project Dissemination and Sustainability leader, will demonstrate how the iMENTORS platform optimizes donors' ICT4D interventions in Africa during the training and final meeting that EuroRIs-Net+ is organising on 16-17 September, in Athens.
iMENTORS went live and is one step closer to becoming the most comprehensive crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa! Register and create your profile on the platform. Do not forget to send us your feedback on the beta version of the platform! Check out the map now: www.imentors.eu/map.html

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eResearch Africa 2013 - ICT enabling Research

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The Association of South African University Directors of Information Technology (ASAUDIT) is organising the first eResearch Africa Conference 2013 on October 6-10, 2013 at the Southern Sun Newlands Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa.

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Louis Papaemmanuel, Project Director of iMENTORS, SU, presented today iMENTORS at the UNESCO HP-BGI meeting

He demonstrated how the iMENTORS platform optimizes donors' ICT4D interventions in Africa. Stream it live: http://bit.ly/tqMX1H

The UNESCO-HP Brain Gain Initiative fosters cooperation across borders among students, academics and scientists from Africa and the Arab States, and helps strengthen research capacities of higher education institutions in the two regions.

 It was an opportunity to meet and exchange with partners (representatives from 19 projects, in 14 countries), as well as with stakeholders in the two regions. The activity served as well to highlight the projects' achievements and to reflect together on the way forward.01-graphic.jpg

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We are happy to present you the fourth edition of the quarterly iMENTORS newsletter.Discover more about the project and its related activities with our Newsletter!Timeline-facebook-Cover.jpg

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We are very excited to announce that the beta version of the iMENTORS platform has just gone live and is taking one step closer to becoming the most comprehensive crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa! Users can now register and create individual profiles on the platform and begin exploring our database and visualize it using our map tool. We will continue to enrich our database with new layers of data and visualisations as we progress towards our objectives.

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The eastern and southern Africa region waited long for the deployment of the reliable regional data communication e-infrastructure that is now coming online through AfricaConnect and the expansion of the UbuntuNet network.  With burgeoning youthful population and low access rates to higher education in eastern and southern Africa, the potential for improvements in education delivery through creative use of new information technology resources is endless. In addition, the network presents many possibilities in research, including enabling regional and global collaboration  for researchers in addressing issues of national and regional significance. In both, NRENs are perceived as key players nationally. The annual UbuntuNet-Connect conference provides the appropriate forum to showcase progress in research and education networking in Africa.

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iMENTORS goes live and is one step closer to becoming the most comprehensive crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa! Register and create your profile on the platform. Do not forget to send us your feedback on the beta version of the platform!

Co-funded by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), iMENTORS www.imentors.eu is designed to enhance the coherence and effectiveness of international actors involved in e- infrastructures development projects and initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa. iMENTORS launched in April 2012 by Stockholm University and Gov2u is a web-based platform serving as a knowledge repository for sharing and aggregating data on e-infrastructure projects throughout sub-Saharan Africa.

Check out the map now: www.imentors.eu/map.html

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iMENTORS goes live and is one step closer to becoming the most comprehensive crowdsourcing map on ICT infrastructures in Sub-Saharan Africa! Users are now able to register and create their profile on the platform and start sharing their knowledge and data directly on the map.

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According to an article published on VENTURES AFRICA, Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that the Open Data Platform (ODP) – which increases data accessibility – is now operational for the entire African continent.

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