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EU-Africa projects and initiatives
ENRICH IN AFRICA TEAM

Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by Steinbeis 2i in Germany, ENRICH in Africa works with key partners and advisors from the innovation landscape of Europe and Africa. Together we address the needs for capacity development of incubators, accelerators, and entrepreneurs in both regions.

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AEDIB: African European Digital Innovations Bridge

The AEDIB will establish a Pan-African network of Digital Innovation Hubs, which provide SMEs access to the tools, knowledge and networks to take advantage of digital opportunities. Across the African and European continents, dynamic local digital innovation networks are on the rise, with innovation and tech-hubs at their core.

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Digital for Development (D4D) Hub

D4D Hub is a global multi-stakeholder platform marks a turning point in the EU’s international partnerships to support a human-centric digital transformation. The D4D Hub bundles the multitude of digital initiatives by European actors for unparalleled coordinated impact.

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Make-IT Alliance: We offer our members the opportunity to become part of an international network that promotes technology entrepreneurship in developing and emerging countries.

Each member of the Make-IT Alliance signed the Declaration of Intent (DoI). With the DOI, the Partners recognize that exceptional value can be created by combining their strengths, resources and networks.

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Policy and Regulation Initiative for Digital Africa (PRIDA)

The "Policy and Regulation Initiative for Digital Africa" (PRIDA) is a joint initiative of the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), that enables the African continent to reap the benefits of digitalization by addressing various dimensions of broadband demand and supply in Africa and building the capacities of AU Member States in the Internet Governance space. It is supported by the EU-funded Pan African Programme.

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Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership

The Africa-Europe Innovation Partnership aims to support and connect innovation and technology incubators and accelerators in tapping into new markets, find their trusted partner across the Mediterranean as well as build new perspectives, knowledge and networks. Incubators, accelerators and technology transfer offices play a key role in fostering development of innovative enterprises.

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The AfriConEu project envisions to essentially strengthen and reinforce the digital innovation ecosystems in Africa by targeting existing Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and supporting them through capacity building and networking activities.

African DIHs are playing a central role in the development of digital entrepreneurship and by raising their capacities to tackle the challenges they face they will be more effective in driving digital innovation forward.

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HUBiquitous Project: Paving the Foundation for Disruptive Technologies in Tomorrow's Digital Innovation Hubs

HUBiquitous is an Innovation Action aiming at creating a joint Africa-Europe Startup & Innovation Ecosystem for long-term collaborations and partnerships. The project has the ambition to increase the technology level and capacity building of 30 local DIHs/TechHubs in 5 African countries.

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WAZIHUB

WAZIHUB project aims to set up a free African IoT & Big Data Ecosystem Directory and invites you to take part in this effort.

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Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs)

Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) are trade and development agreements negotiated between the EU and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and regions. The EU’s trade relationship with ACP countries is governed by the Cotonou Partnership Agreement signed in 2000 between the EU, its Member States and ACP countries. As this comprehensive political, economic and development partnership is expiring in 2020, the Parties are currently negotiating a successor agreement (the so-called ‘post-Cotonou’ agreement).

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African projects and initiatives
The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)

The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a free trade area, outlined in the African Continental Free Trade Agreement among 54 of the 55 African Union nations. AfCFTA is the largest in the world in terms of participating countries since the formation of the World Trade Organization.

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AFFORD

The African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) is an international organisation established in 1994, with a mission “to expand and enhance the contributions Africans in the diaspora make to African development” The AFFORD family currently has offices in Sierra Leone and Belgium, Europe.

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European projects and initiatives
Smart Specialisation Platform

The thematic platforms offer a structure to exploit synergies across partnerships and across sectors. These platforms are joint initiatives, managed and coordinated by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), with the support of several EC's Directorates-General including Regional and Urban Policy (REGIO), Agriculture and Rural Development (AGRI); Energy (ENER); Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) and Research and Innovation (RTD). It includes a "yellow pages" of Digital Innovation Hubs in Europe.

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The European Technology Platform ALICE

The European Technology Platform ALICE is set-up to develop a comprehensive strategy for research, innovation and market deployment of logistics and supply chain management innovation in Europe. The platform will support and assist the implementation of the EU Program for research: Horizon 2020. ALICE is based on the recognition of the need for an overarching view on logistics and supply chain planning and control, in which shippers and logistics service providers closely collaborate to reach efficient logistics and supply chain operations.

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DIHNET.EU: EU supports the collaboration among Digital Innovation Hub Networks across Europe

The DIHNET.EU project enables the coordination of European, national and regional initiates directly supporting the digital transformation and Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs). The project aims to create a sustainable pan-European network of networks, with a focus on regional DIHs.

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ISHARE:Uniform, simple and controlled way of sharing data

iSHARE is a uniform set of agreements or scheme that enables organizations to give each other access to their data.

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German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

Today, our lives are much more interconnected with those of people living on other continents than ever before. We have many advantages because of that.

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ISHARE:Uniform, simple and controlled way of sharing data

iSHARE is a uniform set of agreements or scheme that enables organizations to give each other access to their data.

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French Development Agency

The Agence Française de Développement (AFD) Group funds, supports and accelerates the transition to a fairer and more sustainable world. Focusing on climate, biodiversity, peace, education, urban development, health and governance, our teams carry out more than 4,000 projects in France’s overseas departments and territories and another 115 countries. In this way, we contribute to the commitment of France and French people to support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNCDF

UNCDF was created in 1966 by the UN General Assembly. It is an autonomous, voluntarily funded UN organization, affiliated with UNDP.

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Logistics initiatives, projects and organizations
Dutch Institute for Advanced Logistics

The Netherlands has been playing a significant role in world trade for many centuries and has gained extensive experience when it comes to transport and logistics.

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Fondazione SpeedHub: A hub for developing innovation

Speedhub offers the following services in order to promote the request for innovation in the manufacturing sector. These services are intended to be the gateway for companies towards “Industry 4.0” revolution.

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Innovation Lab

The Internet of Things and Industry 4.0 are creating fundamentally new forms of services and interactions between people and technology in a networked economy – the so-called hybrid economy. Innovative technologies are being developed and tested in this context at the Innovationlab Hybrid Services in Logistics in Dortmund – in cooperation with companies as well. One focal point of the Innovationlab’s work lies in the question of how to design and organise responsible and target-oriented ways for people and technology to interact in shared networks.

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Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC)

Zaragoza Logistics Center (ZLC) is a research and educational institute affiliated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Zaragoza (UZ). Specialized in logistics and supply chain management, ZLC is the Spanish center of the MIT Global SCALE Network, an international alliance of 6 leading research centers dedicated to the development of supply chain excellence through innovation.

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Airbus BizLab

Airbus BizLab is a global aerospace business accelerator where startups and Airbus intrapreneurs speed up the transformation of innovative ideas into valuable businesses. The Airbus BizLab has developed a “hybrid” concept to closely collaborate with startups while allowing smaller organizations to better understand needs and ways of working of large groups.

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The European Technology Platform ALICE

The European Technology Platform ALICE is set-up to develop a comprehensive strategy for research, innovation and market deployment of logistics and supply chain management innovation in Europe. The platform will support and assist the implementation of the EU Program for research: Horizon 2020. ALICE is based on the recognition of the need for an overarching view on logistics and supply chain planning and control, in which shippers and logistics service providers closely collaborate to reach efficient logistics and supply chain operations.

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Logistics in Practice - Fraunhofer IML

Plan logistics – guarantee mobility – design the future.

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