Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), and co-funded under Horizon 2020 (Contract 723240) IST-Africa is a strategic collaboration between the International Information Management Corporation IIMC (Ireland) and Ministries and National Councils responsible for Innovation, Science and Technology adoption, policy and research in 18 African Countries (Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda).
IST-Africa directly supports Innovation, Science and Technology aspects of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership and the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024).
IST-Africa activities include:
- Monitoring ICT-related research and innovation activities across IST-Africa partner countries to Inform policy and identify cross-border collaboration opportunities - see Research Reports
- Coordination of national Innovation ecosystem stakeholders to formulate research and innovation priorities and activities addressing socio-economic challenges
- Raising awareness of opportunities for EU-Africa research and innovation cooperation under Horizon 2020 including Horizon 2020 Workshops, disseminating calls for proposals and help desk support
- Hosted by IST-Africa Partner Countries since 2006, IST-Africa Week showcases international research collaboration and African Information Society, ICT and Innovation Adoption, Policy and Research Developments and Success Stories.