AfricaConnect3, the third phase of the AfricaConnect project, recently held a Finance and Procurement Workshop at the GÉANT offices in Amsterdam. This workshop brought together the four Regional Research and Education Networks (RRENs) involved in the project: UbuntuNet Alliance, WACREN, ASREN, and GÉANT.

The primary goal of AfricaConnect3 is to continue the efforts of its predecessor projects in providing advanced and reliable internet connectivity to support education, research, and learning communities across Africa. The project is co-funded by the European Union and implemented locally by regional organizations, namely UbuntuNet Alliance, WACREN, ASREN, and GÉANT. Together, they aim to connect Africa to unlimited possibilities.

The three-day workshop, held from 12th to 14th June, focused on key aspects of the AfricaConnect3 project, particularly contract management, best practices in procurement and finance. The participants engaged in in-depth discussions regarding the procurement of connectivity in Africa, communication visibility, compliance, and fraud management. By sharing their experiences and insights, the core team driving the implementation of AfricaConnect3 aimed to enhance collaboration and knowledge exchange.

The workshop provided a unique opportunity for the participants to come together and strengthen their understanding of the project’s objectives and strategies. Recognizing the value of such gatherings, it was agreed that similar workshops would be organized annually on a rotational basis. This commitment to regular knowledge sharing ensures that the project’s implementation remains effective and aligned with the evolving needs of the African research and education communities.

Fifteen participants attended the workshop, representing the collaborating organizations and bringing diverse perspectives to the discussions. Their active involvement and engagement contributed to the success of the workshop and its potential for future collaboration and progress.

Overall, the Finance and Procurement Workshop held by AfricaConnect3 partners in Amsterdam served as a crucial platform for knowledge sharing, fostering collaboration, and refining strategies to achieve the project’s overarching goal of connecting Africa to limitless opportunities. Through continued efforts and partnerships, AfricaConnect3 aims to empower African research and education communities with enhanced internet connectivity, thereby driving innovation, knowledge creation, and socio-economic development across the continent.

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