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Title Best of both worlds? Indian government launches the Pan-African E-network in Ethiopia in the name of philanthropy and profit
Author The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education


Ethiopia has been selected as the first country to benefit from the pilot phase of the Pan-African E-network Project, a joint initiative between the Indian government and African Union (AU) to develop ICT infrastructure across the continent. Under the initiative, the Indian government will donate US$1 billion to connect 53 African countries through satellite and fibre optic network to promote tele-medicine and tele-education programmes. The project is at “an advanced stage of implementation” in Ethiopia, and South Africa, Mauritius and Ghana have also been short-listed for the pilot phase. The e-network initiative is being heralded by the local press as the largest infrastructure project in Africa's history, and the e-education and e-medicine programmes are particularly expected to extend ICT infrastructure to certain rural communities and under-served areas. This announcement came during the recent ‘International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training’ in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and follows a major India-Africa trade summit in Accra, Ghana, dubbed as the ‘Making India a Partner of Choice’ meeting. What are the details behind the e-network project, and what might be the rationale behind India’s growing ambitions to become involved in African higher education? What are other recent examples of educational initiatives being spearheaded by India on the continent, and might South-to-South co-operation become increasingly premised on financial rather than philanthropic grounds as trade opportunities in Africa grow?

Date 15/06/2006
Region(s) Asia, Africa
Countries India, Pan-Africa
Theme(s) Technology
Topic(s) Distance Education, Regulation

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