One of the project tasks (T3.4 – Lighthouse demonstrators) aimed at activating consortia of mixed African, EU and other stakeholders to deliver five project proposals for implementation of high quality lighthouse/flagship demonstrators illustrating the return on investments in ICT for research and education.
The consortia and projects have been selected, formed and focused in close cooperation with policy-makers and considering regional, national and local ICT and poverty alleviation strategies and implementation plans.
The method used has been to form public-private partnerships (PPP): local communities teaming up with research and higher education institutions play important roles as drivers of the involvement of private sector via social businesses and pre-commercial procurements. The objective has been to stimulate policy and regulatory dialogue leading to local support for development projects by “midwifing” at least five projects involving high quality demonstrators, in different regions in Africa. The resulting projects mainly involve the Horn of Africa, the East African Community member states and their closest neighbours, and West Africa.
Projects were identified using a bottom-up approach within the “6 Focus Areas for Joint Africa-EU Research” identified by the EuroAfrica-P8 project consortium (Health, Environment and Energy, Learning, Agriculture, ICT Infrastructure and Government Services). A starting point has been cross-cutting issues in the health, education and local administration sectors, including environment monitoring and support to local entrepreneurs, often farmers. Examples of development projects discussed include ICT infrastructure in general, information systems for secure distribution and monitoring of the use of drugs, telemedicine consultations between healthcare units in the referral chain, strengthening of local support for e-Learning, local planning and budgeting of ICT for healthcare and education, environment monitoring and development strategies for the establishment of sustainable ICT markets where there is demand but no commercial supply.
A complete report on this task can be downloaded here.