Following in the footsteps of the first two phases of the project, AfricaConnect3 adopts a regional approach adapted to the various geographical, cultural and organisational contexts of the African regions and their different stages of NREN development, as well as their sources of funding and long-term prospects.

AfricaConnect3 is structured in three geographical areas corresponding to each REN. The local NRENs grouped under each region are involved in the delivery of the project in their respective regions.

Regional partners

Partners: UbuntuNet Alliance

The UbuntuNet Alliance (UA) is the implementing partner for Eastern and Southern Africa. Involved NRENs are in Botswana, Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Partners: WACREN

The Western and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) is the implementing partner for Western and Central Africa. Involved NRENs are in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Togo. Ongoing initiatives include Senegal and Gabon.

Partners: ASREN

The Arab States Research and Education Network (ASREN) is the implementing partner for North Africa. Involved NRENs are in Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

In the implementation of their activities, the African RENs will liaise with their own constituencies (member NRENs) while also seeking to maximise synergies across regions in the different areas (deployment of connectivity, capacity building, and open science cloud). This is expected to foster collaboration between R&E communities in Africa as well as in Europe, potentially leading to further opportunities under EU programmes such as Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe.

GÉANT is working collaboratively with the partners and acts in a consultative capacity to advise the project on network management, service development, capacity building and specific end-user outreach. Given its strong network expertise, GÉANT will also play a critical role in further promoting knowledge transfer to its African partner organisations.

The UbuntuNet Alliance, WACREN, ASREN and GÉANT collaborate closely to ensure consistency in the project’s implementation and to exploit synergies.

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