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Previous and current EU funded projects have investigated and nurtured e-Infrastructures in Africa, many of which have had significant involvement from the Sci-GaIA consortium partners. These projects have made significant steps towards the development of African e-Infrastructures with, for example, the development of Certification Authorities and Identity Federations by several African NRENs, the first Science Gateway demonstrator deployed to show how African communities of practice can use these technologies for science, and similar activities geared to student projects to create Science Gateway developers of the future. These activities strengthen and support policy dialogue and cooperation between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa on ICT research and e-Infrastructures.


Sci-GaIA builds on the results of many e-Infrastructure flagship projects:

  • Teaming-up for exploiting e-Infrastructures’ potential to boost RTDI in Africa (eI4Africa) 2012 – 2014
  • Coordination and Harmonisation of Advanced e-Infrastructures (CHAIN) 2010-2012
  • Coordination and Harmonisation of Advanced e-Infrastructures for Research and Education Data Sharing (CHAIN-REDS) 2012-2015
  • Promoting African European Research Infrastructure Partnerships (PAERIP) 2011-2013
  • Exploiting Research Infrastructures potential for Boosting Research and Innovation in Africa (ERINA4Africa) 2009 – 2011
  • Supporting the development of cooperation on e-Infrastructures with Africa (eI-Africa) 2009-2011
  • Exchange Programme for e-Infrastructure Know-How (EPIKH) 2009-2013


In addition, the project consortium significantly contributed  in the following key projects supporting the development of ICT in Africa, strengthening the cooperation between Europe and Africa, and improving the interconnection of research communities:

  • Connecting research communities across sub-Saharan Africa (AfricaConnect) 2011-2015
  • Global Linkage Over Broadband Links (GLOBAL) 2008-2010
  • Feasibility Study for African – European Research and Education Network Interconnection (FEAST) 2008-2009
  • Supporting policy dialogues and cooperation with Africa to enhance ICT cooperative research links between Europe and Africa in the framework of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership (EuroAfrica-P8) 2012-2014
  • Supporting the development of cooperation on ICT research with sub-Saharan Africa (EuroAfrica-ICT) 2008-2009