20 March 2017
Over the past year the World Bank has worked to produce a comprehensive report on the status of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs) in Africa, which covers the story of their development to date and highlights the key role NRENs play in enabling innovation and advancing science and education. At GÉANT we have supported this work together with our African regional partners: ASREN, WACREN and the UbuntuNet Alliance.
The report – now published in the World Bank’s Open Knowledge Repository – aims to provide guidance to governments, institutions, and development partners on how to approach the provision of advanced ICT services to the higher education and research community in Africa, and how the World Bank can best support this. This is very timely in light of the Africa-EU partnership summit taking place later this year.
Report author Michael Foley of the World Bank said,
“Hopefully, this World Bank report can support the advocacy efforts of practitioners on the ground as they seek government and institutional backing in the establishment, or further growth, of their local and regional research and education networks, which are key to inclusion in global academic activity.”
Cathrin Stӧver, Chief Collaboration Officer, GÉANT adds,
“We are delighted to see this report published and would like to thank Michael Foley for his excellent and invaluable work. The report provides the perfect backdrop to the upcoming WACREN conference to be held in Abidjan on 30-31 March and reminds us that NRENs are crucial in delivering the digital agenda of the Africa-EU partnership.’’
The below map is a visual summary, as of June 2016, of the status of the NRENs of Africa and of their regional and international connectivity to other RENs. Each country is colour coded according to region and the shading from dark to light reflects their level of development according to the Capability Maturity Model described in the report.
Additional information on each country can be found in the report.