InterAfrican Dimensions

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  1.   1.  InterAfrican Organisations.
  2.   2.  Cross-border languages
  3.   3.  Regional dynamics

The Africa is divided into over 50 countries, but there are many factors - linguistic, socio-cultural, political, economic, environmental, etc. - that cross borders and link or unite regions or the whole continent. Some of these are essential to account for in discussing localisation and multilingual ICT in Africa, and policies, standards, and resources to support them.

This page summarises some of these factors with links to parts of the wiki that deal with them.

1.  InterAfrican Organisations.

The Organisations section provides a list and links to brief descriptions about organisations, agencies, institutions, and companies that are involved in localisation, language or ICT work in more than one country. These include international as well as interAfrican organisations.

Some of the key official regional organisations include:

2.  Cross-border languages

Many language communities are found in more than one country. Often these are significant in terms of their use and role in regional socio-cultural and economic activity. Localisation activity for a cross-border language in one country can benefit by communicating and considering collaboration with speakers of the same language in other countries.

This wiki includes a list of cross-border languages compiled by Dr. Ben Elugbe (1996). Individual language profiles give information on the country or countries where each language is spoken.

3.  Regional dynamics

In any continent or world region, it is possible to consider subregions in terms of their languages, socio-cultural affinities, political unions, economic activity, and history. Such regional dynamics may be useful as background for localisation efforts.

Selected regional information is given on some pages on this wiki: