The New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD)

Logo nepadThe New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) is a programme of the African Union (AU) adopted in Lusaka, Zambia in 2001. NEPAD is a radically new intervention, spearheaded by African leaders to pursue new priorities and approaches to the political and socio-economic transformation of Africa. In February 2010, the 14th AU Assembly established the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NEPAD Agency) as a technical body of the African Union. The core mandate of the NEPAD Agency is to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of regional and continental priority programmes and projects and to push for partnerships, resource mobilisation and research and knowledge management.

The NEPAD e-Africa Programme drives and delivers NEPAD’s ICT development agenda, built on 4 pillars: ICT Infrastructure, Enabling Environment, Capacity Building, and ICT Applications and Services.  Currently, the e-Africa Programme has projects in ICT Broadband infrastructure, ICT4E (NEPAD e-schools) and Internet Governance with future projects planned in Community Informatics (for Agriculture and Rural Development), workforce development and ICT indicators.