Information and Communication Technologies and Management of Natural Resources and Local Development in Africa

This project has the double objective of supporting an action-research project on participatory geographic information systems (P-GIS) for local development in Africa, and laying the basis for a collaboration platform on information and communication technology (ICT) and natural resources management in Africa. More and more, P-GIS is being put forward as tool for development. But, a review of the literature reveals little on the role of P-GIS in local development in Africa. The first component of the project will therefore allow Enda-Lead francophone Africa to develop a pan-African research-action program on the transformative and/or catalyzing role of P-GIS in development. The second component aims to devise a strategic, coherent approach for Acacia programming on local development and management of natural resources. This component will be carried out through a pan-African workshop that will culminate in the identification of channels for collaboration in order to establish the necessary synergies. Acacia works with African partners to help countries in Africa apply (ICTs) to social and economic development.

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Start Date

Monday, December 29, 2008

End Date

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


18 months

IDRC Officer

Thioune, Ramata Aw

Total funding

CA$ 326,700


North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Project Leader



Environmental Development Action in the Third World

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