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Memorandum of understanding between eI4Africa and iMENTORS

A memorandum of understanding (MoU), a document describing a bilateral agreement, was signed between eI4Africa and iMENTORS indicating an intended common line of action. The two projects have a common interest in a close cooperation in order to achieve their respective objectives and promote the adoption of consolidated standards in the e-Infrastructure with the ultimate aim of boosting RTDI (Research, Technology Development and Innovation) in Africa.

iMENTORS is a one-stop-shop data warehouse on all e-infrastructure development projects of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The objectives of the project are to:

•    Create a virtual observatory, acting as one-stop-shop data warehouse providing up-to-date information on all e-infrastructure related development programmes and initiatives of the past 5 years in Sub-Saharan Africa to promote the effectiveness and coherence of national and EU research policies and international cooperation in the field of research infrastructures.
•    Develop a community of practice for support to policy development and programme implementation by creating a social hub facilitating interaction and knowledge sharing, to improve collaboration among different stakeholder groups, and offer them opportunity to create synergies and plan future projects.
•    Build and maintain a strong stakeholder ecosystem around the iMENTORS project, which will ensure long-term viability of the project and will enhance the development of e-infrastructure in Sub Saharan Africa.

The objectives of the eI4Africa project are to:
•    Define and implement a structured multi-channel outreach strategy to support the development of African national and regional research and education networks (NRENs/RENs), build cooperation between Euro-African NRENs, RENs and user communities. Raise awareness at policy level on the benefits and value of research and education networks. Promote and strengthen Euro-African collaborative research on e-Infrastructures and their applications;
•    Produce a state-of-the-art study of e-Infrastructure application uptake in Africa to identify who are early adopters of e-Infrastructures (providers) and which user communities are early beneficiaries (consumers) of e-Infrastructures;
•    Select existing flagship demonstrations from other continents and illustrate their relevance to the African context in order to stimulate policy dialogue on e-Infrastructures;
•    Stimulate targeted policy and regulatory discussions, including (but not limited to) cross-border connectivity and affordable access to infrastructures by organising awareness raising flagship African e-Infrastructures application demonstrations.

Activities which will be undertaken in common by the two projects are listed in the MoU. The Project Coordinators, or people in charge of the two projects nominated by them, will maintain regular contact to discuss any managerial matters related to the cooperation described in the MoU.

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