The iMENTORS team has submitted a case for iMENTORS at is a portal created by the European Commission which offers a new service for the professional community of eGovernment, eInclusion and eHealth practitioners.


Case Abstract

iMENTORS is the most comprehensive e- infrastructures data map of Sub-Saharan Africa. Launched in April 2012 by Stockholm University and Gov2u iMENTORS is the only e-infrastructure mapping project to date that aims at covering all e-infrastructures of the past 5 years in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

E-infrastructures are networked tools, data and resources that support a community of researchers, broadly including all those who participate in and benefit from research.

The overall objective of EU co-funded project is to enhance the coherence and effectiveness of international actors involved in e-infrastructures development projects and initiatives in SSA. The aim is provide valuable insights on the gaps and progress made in the region. This will enhance the coordination of international actors involved in information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives in SSA.

A unique platform will be created, aiming to provide policy support and networking functions to improve the coordination of international cooperation in this field. The project builds on the results of previous EU-funded projects and follows the conclusions of international conferences on the need to provide tools in support to policy development and programme implementations, by creating more networking opportunities between the various stakeholder groups involved in e-infrastructure developments. In this framework, the project seeks to involve those who have a direct stake in the development of e-infrastructures in the region to ensure that the proposed solution will rest on stakeholder input and feedback.

The project will:

  • Provide policy support by identifying and monitoring all on-going e-infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, and perform benchmarking, impact assessments
  • Enhance aid coordination and collaboration by providing insight on e-infrastructure development projects and through the platform’s collaborative features (knowledge sharing) for development of new e-infrastructure development projects
  • Promote of e-infrastructures of common interest to Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa through extensive dissemination activities (workshops, conferences, communication).

iMENTORS is a project co-funded by the European Commission’s DG CONNECT under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).