Digital Inclusion Project for Sub-Sahara Africa (CALL-20)
The Digital Inclusion project for Africa is an initiative which seeks to deliver a number of e-services by taking advantage of new technologies which are more cost effective and easy to deploy. The project seeks to enable participating countries in Sub-Sahara Africa to scale up new and on-going Multi Purpose Community Telecentres/ICT (MCT/ICT) projects by taking advantage of cloud based technologies to connect schools and communities in rural Africa. The broad objective of the project is to put in place a pragmatic and scalable digital inclusion platform based on Cloud computing in order to significantly increase the current low Internet penetration rate of Sub-Sahara Africa from an average of approximately 13 % to 20%. The project will localize and deploy a Digital platform which could provide free-of-charge social services such as e-Education, e-Government, e-Skills and e-Health) as well as minimal chargeable e-Commerce services (such as e-Payment and e-Microcredit) customized in local languages and cultures.
ICT Policies, Legislative and Regulatory Harmonization in Sub-Saharan Africa (CALL-08)
The project ”ICT Policies, Legislative and Regulatory Harmonization in Sub-Saharan Africa” aims at building on the platform and dynamism created in the region by the ITU-EC “Support for Harmonization of the ICT Policies in Sub-Saharan Africa” (HIPSSA) project. It will support further the African Union (AU), the Regional Economic Communities (RECs)/Regional Organizations (ROs) and respective countries of Sub-Saharan Africa to develop and promote use of harmonized ICT policies and regulatory guidelines for the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) market in the region as well as building human and institutional capacity in the field of ICTs through a range of knowledge transfer measures.
This project will address new ICT policy and regulatory challenges facing the beneficiary countries – reflecting the continuous changes in the ICT Sector - with the goal of strengthening and expanding enabling ICT environment encouraging investments in ICT infrastructure, applications and services to serve national priorities for socio-economic development in line with the objectives of the World Telecommunication Development Conference ((WTDC) Hyderabad,2010), the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
This project will in particular respond to the request of the Third Conference of African Ministers in charge of Communication and Information Technologies (CITMC-3) held in Abuja, Nigeria in August 2010 … “request the AU Commission to: … work with the ITU and with all the development partners to continue activities on harmonization of policy and regulations in Africa based on the platform created by HIPSSA project in order to implement the remaining components of the Reference Framework adopted by the CITMC-2” (Abuja Declaration).
In close collaboration with the RECs/ROs and respective countries, this project will (a) prepare regional Guidelines for harmonized ICT policies, legislation and regulatory framework, (b) provide direct assistance to requesting countries for transposition at national level of these Guidelines as well as those prepared under the HIPSSA project (for requesting countries having not completed the process) and (c) provide related human and institutional capacity building.
This project will bring together governments, regulators, service providers, civil society, private sector, regional and international organizations/institutions involved in ICTs in the region.
Institutional support on the ICT dispute settlement mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa (CALL-09)
Over the last two decades, most of the Governments of Sub-Saharan Africa have embarked on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) policy and regulatory reforms recognizing the need to create better conditions to properly deal with the new issues brought by convergence in the ICT sector.
The “Institutional support on the ICT dispute settlement mechanisms in Sub-Saharan Africa” project aims at building on the platform and dynamism created in the region by the ITU-EC project “Support for Harmonization of the ICT Policies in Sub Saharan Africa” (HIPSSA) and is designed to support African countries among the ACP Group of States to move into the convergence era with updated regulatory and legal framework, and, in particular, with appropriate skills within their bodies involved in ICT dispute settlement (the Judiciary as well as the Regulatory Authority, the Ministry having competence in ICT dispute settlement and, if any, the Ombudsman), hereinafter referred as “Dispute Settlement Bodies” to handle disputes in the ICT sector. It will provide responses to challenges that beneficiary countries will face during implementation of new harmonized ICT environment.
It will address the need for building human and institutional capacity of these bodies (with particular attention to improve speed, efficiency and effectiveness of dispute resolution) through a range of targeted training, education and knowledge sharing measures as well as through the development of specific tools, with the goal of fostering an enabling and competitive environment conducive to necessary investments in ICT infrastructure, applications and services.
This objective is in line with the objectives of the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS), the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC 10) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Mise en place de Départements TIC et renforcement du réseau de Centres d'excellence pour l'Afrique (CALL-21)
Ce projet s'inscrit dans le cadre des initiatives régionales pour le renforcement des capacités humaines et Institutionnelles des Centres de formation P&T existant d’une part et des centres d'excellence pour l'Afrique francophone et anglophone d’autre part pour la période 2010-2013. Les principaux objectifs seront les suivants:
a) Renforcer les capacités des Centres de formation existant par la création d’unités informatiques et des nouvelles technologies afin d’augmenter les capacités humaines par des activités intensives de formation en TIC.
b) Appuyer les centres d’Excellence pour compléter leurs infrastructures TIC et renforcer leur leadership dans le domaine des TIC, du NGN et de la transition analogique vers le numérique.
c) Faire en sorte que le concept de formation englobe au-delà de la formation traditionnelle, la formation à distance en vue d’augmenter le volume des cadres formés et diversifier les types d’enseignement.
d) Diversifier et consolider le concept de Centre d'excellence, à la lumière de l'expérience et de l'autorité acquises par les noeuds existants au cours de la Phase 1 et 2 dans tous les Universités accueillant des Centres de formation à l’Internet.
e) Créer un projet de renforcement de capacités à partir des 4 volets suivants. Afin de tirer le maximum de synergie de profit pour les Pays :
-Harmonisation des politiques et de la réglementation pour l’intégration des marches africains des Télécommunications et TIC
-Développement de l’infrastructure du large bande, interconnexion régionale et le service universel
-Migration de l’analogique vers le numérique de la TNT
Support for transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in Sub-Saharan Africa (CALL-10)
The project “Support for transition from analogue to digital broadcasting in Sub-Saharan Africa” is designed to assist African countries among the ACP Group of States in smoothly transitioning from analogue to digital broadcasting through the development and promotion of harmonized guidelines (policy and regulatory, economic, market and business development, and technologies and networks issues), the development of roadmaps for this transition and the development of a toolkit for broadcasting policies and regulations, as well as through human and institutional capacity building.
The project will address the regulatory, political, technological and economic challenges which the beneficiary countries will face when implementing this transition. It will bring together Sub-Sahara African governments, regulators, service providers, civil society, private sector, regional and international organizations dealing with broadcasting.
Wireless Broadband Network in Africa (CALL-01)
The project “Wireless Broadband Network in Africa” aims at providing low cost digital access for schools and hospitals, and for underserved populations in rural and remote areas in the selected African countries by development and implementation of wireless broadband connectivity and ICT applications.