Internet Society Signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA)

January 2011

The Internet Society and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA) sign a memorandum of understanding to work together to develop ICT (information and Communication Technology) in Africa by creating an enabling environment for Internet development, promoting the development of local content and enhancing the capacity of African ICT specialists to deal with Internet-related technical and policy issues.

NEPAD is a program adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2001. Its overarching objective is to enhance Africa’s growth and participation in the global economy by accelerating economic cooperation and integration among African countries. The NEPAD NCPA was established to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of continental and regional programs and projects, mobilize resources and partners in support of the implementation of Africa’s priority programs and projects, conduct and coordinate research and knowledge management, monitor and evaluate the implementation of programs and projects, and advocate for the African Union (AU) and NEPAD vision, mission, and core principles.