Connectivity Africa

Connectivity Africa is one of three Canadian initiatives in response to the 2002 "G8 Africa Action Plan and the Digital Opportunity Task Force.


"Connectivity Africa is implemented by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. The initiative supports research, development and innovative uses of ICT applications for African development. Priority sectors include education and health.

"Connectivity Africa is managed by IDRC though its offices in Ottawa, Cairo, Dakar, Nairobi and Midrand, South Africa. It operates in parallel with IDRC’s Acacia Initiative, which supports ICT research and initiatives to empower sub-Saharan African communities."

"Connectivity Africa programme guidelines flow from the priorities identified by the Digital Opportunities Task Force and the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) framework..."

Its 4 core goals are:

  • Innovation in the use of ICT
  • African Regional ICTs
  • Research and Development in African ICTs
  • Partnerships and networks