iMENTORS Newsletter - Issue #229/01/2013
EditorialProject newsRelevant newsUpcoming Events


Dear reader,

Welcome to the second issue of the quarterly iMENTORS newsletter!

iMENTORS is a FP7 e-infrastructure capacities project co-funded by DG CONNECT. Launched in April 2012 by Stockholm University and Gov2u, the project will map all e-infrastructures of the past five years in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), in the objective of providing valuable insights on the gaps and progress made and to enhance the coordination of international actors involved in information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives in the region.

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Project news

Want to participate in an online community of practice?

iMENTORS is in the final phase of building the online virtual observatory platform. The public database will be launched in February 2013. The ultimate objective of iMENTORS is to form a vibrant online community of practice made of international actors and practitioners exchanging of up-to-date knowledge and information through online social interactions and dedicated spaces for online collaboration, and encourage the community to adopt and update the platform on its own. Read more

Euro-African collaboration on ICT research

Louis Papaemmanuel, Business Development- Brand & Product Manager of eGovlab and project director of iMENTORS, presented iMENTORS project at the 2012 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT. He explained how iMENTORS builds on the results of previous EU-funded projects and follows the conclusions of international conferences on the need to provide tools in support to policy development and programme implementations, by creating more networking opportunities between the various stakeholder groups involved in the developments of e-infrastructure. Read more

Real life good practice cases

The iMENTORS team has submitted a case for iMENTORS at is a portal created by the European Commission which offers a new service for the professional community of e-Government, e-Inclusion and e-Health practitioners. Read more

Relevant news

Africa: A Story of Growth

Often, strong economic growth is tied to an equal level, if not higher, technology growth. Foreign Direct Investment remains high in Egypt, Nigeria, Congo (Dem. Rep.), Congo (Rep.), Ghana, and Algeria. Development assistance and official aid received by Tanzania, Sudan, and Mozambique remain high on a per capita basis. Read more predictions

What lies in store for African Internet in 2013? What are your predictions for 2013?
  • Regional collaboration. The Central African Backbone project is one example of how nations with fewer resources are building ICT infrastructure.
  • Creation of Internet Exchange Points with the support of the Internet Society and African Union will be key in reducing end-user access costs.
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UNESCO: Monitoring Research and Development
Science and technology is one of the main drivers of economic growth. Given the rapid pace of technological change, governments need reliable and precise data on research and development. The UNESCO Institute for Statistics has produced a series of guidelines and documents to better reflect the situation in developing countries.

50% increase in foreign direct investment in sub-Saharan Africa
A boom in sub-Saharan Africa is attracting business talent from the rich world. Anemic growth in the rich world has made sub-Saharan Africa an attractive destination for money and its managers. Will most of Africa will be middle-income by 2025?

Infrastructure and skills challenges hold back Zim’s ICT sector
A draft policy framework report on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Zimbabwe has identified inadequate communications infrastructure, inadequate ICT facilities and skills as some of the major challenges the sector is facing. Read more

Upcoming Events


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iMENTORS is a project Co-funded by the European Commission's DG CONNECT under the 7th Framework Programme