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Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Africa E-Governance Academy Validation Meeting

Draft Program for Regional Meeting The Africa E-Governance Academy Validation Meeting
Accra, Ghana
April 16-18, 2008
Theme: A key for strengthening Public and Civil Society institutions in ECOWAS countries/Une
solution au renforcement des institutions Publique et civiles des ├ętats de la CEDEAO
Time Session Participant
Day 1
Opening Session
Chair: TBC
9.00-9.45 Opening Remarks Minister of
Communication,
Ghana
Dr. Nana Tanko,
OSIWA
Raul Zambrano,
UNDP
Chantal Uwimana,
TrustAfrica
Ramato Molo, IDRC
9.45-10.10 Coffee Break
Session 2: The Academy Concept
Exiting Initiatives and country perspectives. 10 minutes maximum per presentation. Brief and
upbeat
Chair: TBC
10.10-10.30 Opening Remarks and Expectations Pierre Danjinou
Ben Akoh
10.30-10.40 A consolidated African regional resource on eGovernance –
eGovAfrica Portal. Place, values and benefits.
Pierre Danjinou
10.40-10.50 A Local Governance Approach. Linking a regional initiative to a
local project. LOGIN
Tim Waema
10.50-11.10 The eGovernance Academy – Estonia. Experiences, Best
practices and pitfalls. Structure, statures, mandate, scope.
Hannes Astok
11.50-11.10 Executive Masters Programme in eGovernance – the Ecole
Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne experience. Relevance,
Teething process and Setup issues. Pitfalls and best practices
Gianluca Misuraca
11.10-11.40 Discussions 1
Session 3: The eGovernance Academy Framework for West Africa/Africa
Chair: TBC
11.40-12.20 Country Perspectives – Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, Cape Verde
(10 minutes each)
Country
Representatives
1
12.20-12.40 A Synthesis of other west African country experiences Ken Lohento
12.40-12.50 Possible African interests in eGovernance, a replication of
global best practices
Raul Zambrano
12.50-13.20 Private sector interventions – Public private partnership models.
Concrete structures for progress. (10 minutes each)
Cisco, IBM
13.20-14.20 Lunch
14.20-15.00 The eGovernance Academy - West Africa. Presenting a one
stop shop for eGovernance in West Africa
Claude Lishou
15.00-15.50 Discussions All
15.50-16.00 Coffee
Session 4: Breakout sessions – Nitty Gritty
Chair: TBC
16.00-17.00 Group 1: Content, Scope, Activities and mandate of the
eGovernance Academy
What should the academy be involved with? Research,
Consultancies, Capacity building, Mentoring, etc.What is its
scope? What should it not do in the light of existing initiatives?
Who is it responsible to? Government, CSOs, etc? Is it open?
Should it be a target to all?
What is its mandate?
What is its scope?
What is the vision and the mission of the Academy
Should it cover all of Africa or be limited to West Africa? How
should it expand if its immediate scope is just regional?
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
Johanna Awotwi
16.00-17.00 Group 2: Partnership Models and Funding Mechanisms.
Public Private partnerships. Donor funding and relations
Regional institutions such as the ECOWAS, AU, UNECA,
NEPAD eAfrica Commission. Ownership models and
propositions for partnership selling points to African
Govenments
Should this partnership cover regional or continental
institutions? What are the roles of RECs?
Ginaluka Misuraka
2
Should membership cover country commitments and support?
The participation of country memberships. What is expected of
academic institutions? What also may be required of private
sector institutions? What will be their commitments to the
academy?
The advantage and benefits that the academy can provide to
the member countries, organisations and different structures.
We shoujld also think through what role that these institutions
should play to the academy as well.
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
16.00-17.00 Group 3: Structures – Governance, Academy.
Board composition and function, Technical Committee,
Management, Institutional Organisation. Management team
composition. Organisational chart.
How many members should any of these groups have?
The advantage and benefits that the academy can provide to
the member countries, organisations and different structures.
Conversely, we shoujld also think through what role that these
institutions should play to the academy as well.
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
Where should it be based? What are the criteria for selection a
suitable location.
Hannes Astok;
Chekou Ly
17.00 Day 1 Close




Day 2
Session 5: Final Session
Chair: TBC
9.00-11.00 Group 1: Content, Scope, Activities and mandate of the
eGovernance Academy
What should the academy be involved with? Research,
Consultancies, Capacity building, Mentoring, etc.What is its
scope? What should it not do in the light of existing initiatives?
Who is it responsible to? Government, CSOs, etc? Is it open?
Should it be a target to all?
Johanna Awotwi

What is its mandate?
What is its scope?
What is the vision and the mission of the Academy
Should it cover all of Africa or be limited to West Africa? How
should it expand if its immediate scope is just regional?
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
9.00-11.00 Group 2: Partnership Models and Funding Mechanisms.
Public Private partnerships. Donor funding and relations
Regional institutions such as the ECOWAS, AU, UNECA,
NEPAD eAfrica Commission. Ownership models and
propositions for partnership selling points to African
Govenments
Should this partnership cover regional or continental
institutions? What are the roles of RECs?
Should membership cover country commitments and support?
The participation of country memberships. What is expected of
academic institutions? What also may be required of private
sector institutions? What will be their commitments to the
academy?
The advantage and benefits that the academy can provide to
the member countries, organisations and different structures.
We shoujld also think through what role that these institutions
should play to the academy as well.
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
Ginaluka Misuraka
9.00-11.00 Group 3: Structures – Governance, Academy.
Board composition and function, Technical Committee,
Management, Institutional Organisation. Management team
composition. Organisational chart.
How many members should any of these groups have?
The advantage and benefits that the academy can provide to
the member countries, organisations and different structures.
Hannes Astok;
Chekou Ly

Conversely, we shoujld also think through what role that these
institutions should play to the academy as well.
Think of a budget in mind. What are the budget lines that the
activities in this group would require? or rather budgetary
implications for activities in this group?
Where should it be based? What are the criteria for selection a
suitable location.
11.00-11.20 Coffee Break
11.20-12.20 Plenary: Working Group Presentations (20 minutes per group)
12.20-13.30 Discussions
13.30-14.30 Lunch
14.30-16.00 Recommendations and Action Plan
16.00 Day 2 Close


Day 3
Closed Sessions: Partners and Donor Sessions
UNDP, CODESRIA, IDRC, PANOS/CIPACO, TrustAfrica,
UNESCO, OSIWA, UNECA, AU, ECOWAS, eGA, Others TBC
Way forward
Collaboration mechanisms

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