Descriptions: About AfricaConnect2
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AfricaConnect2 – Connecting the research and education communities across Africa.
an EU-funded pan-African connectivity project that aims to support the
development and consolidation of high-capacity regional internet
networks for R&E across Africa and their interconnection with the
pan-European GÉANT network, creating a continental gateway for
collaborative research and education across and beyond Africa.
The AfricaConnect2 project aims to support the creation and consolidation of national and regional research and education (R&E) networks across Africa that provide access to dedicated, high-capacity internet connectivity and offer a gateway to global R&E collaborations through their interconnection with the pan-European GÉANT network.
Building on the achievements of AfricaConnect, its predecessor project, and EUMEDCONNECT, which created regional networks for R&E communities in Eastern and Southern Africa and Northern Africa respectively, AfricaConnect2 sets out to embark on a pan-African mission, thus contributing to sustainable development and a more inclusive Information Society across the whole African continent.
Whilst the connectivity boost will improve the lives of millions of Africans through advanced research and education, it will equally benefit collaborative scientific research the world over, in areas such as climate change, biodiversity, crop research, malaria and other infectious diseases.
The total budget for AfricaConnect2 is €26.6m for a period of 3.5 years, with €20m contributed by the European Commission's
Directorate-General International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO). The remaining funds (€6.6m) are being provided by the African partners on the basis of a cost-sharing model.