AEDIB|NET – African European Digital Innovation Bridge Network
The AEDIB|NET project is the first step of a broader approach for the African-European collaboration on digitalisation and innovation. The project being launched under the broader political initiative AEDIB. Initiated by EU Member States (France, Belgium, and Germany) and the European Commission to the EC’s Digital 4 Development Hub (D4D).
The vision is to strengthen digital innovation ecosystems in Africa and connect them with European innovation ecosystems to shape a single African European market for digital innovation. Establish and strengthen African Digital Innovation Hubs (ADIHs) along the thematic, technological and entrepreneurial challenges Smart Cities, Climate Smart Agriculture and Digital Trade with pan-African outreach and create virtual marketplaces for digital innovation in Africa. Twelve consortia from all over Africa have been selected to become one of these DIH. Scroll through the selected DIHs on the left to learn more about the sectors they work in and how they plan to support their local innovation ecosystem.
In order to realize this vision and these objectives, AEDIB|NET is working in four different areas:
1. Foster dialogue between digital policy makers and innovators across Africa and Europe by strengthening pan-African policy dialogue and reinforcing new formats of intercontinental collaboration.
2. Strengthening digital and entrepreneurial skills including for vulnerable groups, youth and women by establishing a Digital and Entrepreneurial Skills Academy.
3. Establish and strengthen African Digital Innovation Hubs (ADIHs) along the thematic, technological and entrepreneurial challenges Smart Cities, Climate Smart Agriculture and Digital Trade with pan-African outreach and create virtual marketplaces for digital innovation in Africa.
4. Establish a network of ADIHs and European DIHs, engage start-ups and ICT professionals, investors and diaspora and facilitate inter-continental innovation collaboration.
Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, AEDIB|NET brings together a network of strong partners from the European and African digital innovation ecosystem: pan-African policy actors and digital policy think tanks, support organizations for African start-ups as well as the leading entrepreneurship platform providers and business angel network facilitators.