African Leadership in ICT Workshop Report published
The AUC, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Finland and GeSCI have embarked on a three-year partnership to build the capacities of future and potential leaders in ICT in Africa. The ALICT Program is one of the concrete developments achieved under the 8th Partnership (Science, Information Society and Space) of the first action plan of the Africa-EU strategy whose objective is to bridge the digital and scientific divide within African countries and between Africa and other regions. The ALICT program will address leadership capacities on evidence-based policy making and inter-ministerial strategic planning for ICT and knowledge based social and economic development in Africa. A curriculum and a multi-stakeholder knowledge exchange platform will be developed to train and build the capacity of 150 future and potential leaders and policy makers in Ministries of ICT, S&T , Education, and Human Resources Development in Southern and Eastern Africa.
On December 14th – 16th a high level regional consultation workshop with key policy, research and ministry official stakeholders was held in Nairobi, Kenya, to help establish the parameters for the ALICT capacity building conceptual framework. The specific objectives of the workshop were:
•To share a synthesis of inter dependencies between the pillars of the KS as well as the key challenges and opportunities for development towards Inclusive “Knowledge Societies”.
•To exchange ideas and explore issues on ‘how’ topics for building awareness and leadership capacities on the Knowledge Society themes and issues.
•To explore through case studies how some countries are making progress towards building Inclusive “Knowledge Societies”.
•To share views and ideas on the choices and parameters for the ALICT framework and strategy.
We have just published a very comprehensive report of the proceedings of the workshop which include links to four thematic knowledge society papers commissioned by GeSCI and stakeholder presentations from key organizations (including UNECA and the African Union). The report is available for download on the GeSCI site at http://gesci.org/strategic-documents.html