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ERAfrica conference was held in Pretoria

Group picture of the ERAfrica meeting in Pretoria - Source: M. Weissgram

Group picture of the ERAfrica meeting in Pretoria - Source: M. Weissgram

A three-day conference "Developing African-European Joint Collaboration for Science and Technology (ERAfrica)" was held in Pretoria, South Africa on 16 – 18 September 2014. The conference was focused on the future cooperation of the ERAfrica consortium and the presentations of the funded ERAfrica projects by the respective project coordinators.

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ERAfrica: A new model for Europe-Africa research cooperation

Africa-EU Cooperation:

A comprehensive article about ERAfrica was published on the 'Africa-EU Strategic Partnership' website:

Cooperation with Africa in the field of science, technology and innovation has strengthened in recent years. Yet this research is still often funded out of development cooperation budgets, in which case the final word rests with external donors. Hence the growing interest in Africa for research activities that are financed in line with Africa’s own strategies and priorities. The European Union’s ERAfrica (European Research Area Network for Africa - Developing African-European joint collaboration for Science and Technology) project is a response to this concern. It facilitates the networking of European and African research donors and encourages joint calls for proposals to promote long-term cooperation between EU Member States and /or associated countries and African countries.

ERAfrica operates within the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (8th partnership) with the European Commission acting as catalyst in providing funding of 2 million euros under the 7th Framework Programme for Research (2010-2013). It has thus extended to the African continent the family of geographical ERA-Nets (European Research Area Networks) that already operate between the EU and Russia (ERA.Net RUS), India (New INDIGO) and Korea (KorA-Net), among others.

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ERAfrica Joint Call

Booklet "ERAfrica - The projects" 

Screenshot ERAfrica- The projects

The ERAfrica consortium and its group of funding parties meet at the closure conference in Pretoria from 16.-18 September 2014.

Booklet "The Joint Call – A First Appraisal"

The ERAfrica Group of Funding Parties met in Bad Honnef, Germany, on 5-6 November 2013.


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Decisions to fund ERAfrica projects taken

The funding Agencies agreed to fund 17 projects

more Networks

An overview of several other relevant networks


A Network for the Coordination and Advancement of Sub-Saharan Africa-EU Science & Technology Cooperation


Dr. Jean Albergel
ERAfrica Coordinator
IRD representation for Southern Africa
Postnet Suite 164, Private Bag X844, Silverton
Pretoria 0127
South Africa

Mabatho Ndwandwa
ERAfrica Acting Regional Coordinator
Department of Science and Technology
Private Bag X894
Pretoria 0001
South Africa

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