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SPIDER is a national resource center within the field of ICT for development (ICT4D), which has its node at the Royal institute of Technology (KTH), in Stockholm, Sweden. The ultimate objective of SPIDER supported projects and activities is poverty reduction through the deployment and promotion of ICT within priority areas such as health, education and governance. To this aim, SPIDER coordinates a network of experts from all sectors and collaborates with universities, governments, NGOs and the private sector.  Our vision is a world where place of birth and economic status do not determine the access to information, communication and education.

"ICT4D helps poor and marginalized communities in Africa and elsewhere to use the potential of ICT to improve the quality of their lives. ICT offers vast opportunities for socio-economic development by using modern technology to address urgent needs in health, education, agriculture and other sectors that impact directly on the livelihoods of the poor. Bringing together African and European experts will enhance the possibilities of making full use of the potential of ICT4D to promote development. SPIDER works in support of reduction of poverty by coordinating a network of experts from universities, governments, NGOs, and the private sector in support of this effort."
Dr Afzal Sher, Director, SPIDER

The Canon Foundation for Scientific Research aims to provide support for scientists from developing countries in the physical sciences, engineering and biotechnology fields in order to promote expertise development, technology transfer and innovation that will improve academic and industrial infrastructure and capability.

"Information and communications technologies have a vital role to play in regional, organisational and personal development. The Canon Foundation for Scientific Research is delighted to support the EuroAfrica ICT Forum, and wishes the organisers and participants every success with this important event." 
Dr Steve Jones, Scientific Advisor, Canon Foundation for Scientific Research

The Sharing Knowledge Foundation fosters a dialogue between scientists from Europe and those from MENA (Middle East North Africa) and African countries. Its goal is to act towards the realization of concrete projects of Sustainable Development contributing to the reduction of disparities and imbalance between nations. In particular, the Foundation considers the Internet in its most advanced forms - Computation Grids - as the tool of choice for the development of the Centres of Excellence emerging on the African continent and for their integration into the international arena. The Foundation considers developing Internet in Africa to the level of the other regions of the world, the most urgent priority.

"In December 2007, the Montpellier workshop "Internet and Grids for Africa", organised by "Sharing Knowledge Foundation" and "Institut des Grilles du CNRS" advocated  a pilot programme for Grids to be implemented at a regional level in order to offer African scientists the technical resources needed to fulfil their research programmes. The first grid in sub-saharan Africa,  has been set-up in July 2008 at University Cheikh Anta Diop (Dakar, Senegal) and successfully linked to the EGEE European Grid. This is a breakthrough that should soon be followed by South Africa and other African countries."
Robert Klapisch, President and Founder, Sharing Knowledge Foundation

eLearning Africa is the largest international conference on ICT for development, education and training on the African continent. This year’s conference will be held in Dakar, Senegal from May 27-29, 2009. Every year the conference gets bigger and draws in more and more participants from Africa and beyond. 832 people attended our first event in Addis Ababa in 2006, whereas 1502 came to last year’s conference in Accra. Our delegates come from a range of different disciplines, backgrounds and sectors, and are passionate about the opportunity that new technology offers to bring real social progress to Africa through education.

"At ICWE we believe in the huge benefits that ICT can bring to education. We established eLearning Africa to create a platform for experts, policy makers, decision takers and practitioners from Africa and beyond to connect, discuss and learn. Since our first event in Addis Ababa, eLearning Africa has grown into the largest and most important conference on ICT for education on the African continent. It has played a significant role in accelerating the transfer of knowledge and expertise. Delegates from more than 90 countries attend this annual event, creating an important new community of experts dedicated to developing and contributing to a host of exciting projects in Africa. This year in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, eLearning Africa will once again highlight the latest developments, examine new ideas and offer participants a unique opportunity to join this important community. I hope you will join us in Dakar from May 27-29, 2009."  
Rebecca Stromeyer, Managing Director ICWE