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Date of this Version

October 2006

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Africa’s universities and research centers have a unique role to play in knowledge production and dissemination as drivers of knowledge-based development. To this end, they need to be locally established and socially connected in order to draw fully from the society while feeding back the products of knowledge. Problems identified are the high cost of Internet access, partial realization of campus networks in the universities, ineffective configuration of platforms and the lack of reliable and permanent source of power. Regulatory bodies have been set up for the organization and production of contents which will serve for development support, and the Association of African Universities (AAU) with the support of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) have taken up the challenges of plotting a path that captures the synergies, a roadmap to increased bandwidth, resources and knowledge networking for Africa’s knowledge centers.