Though Africa is still playing catching with the world in terms of getting connected to the Internet, the next phase of participation on the international information superhighway is already catching-on this parts. More African content is getting online everyday, as published by Africans and non-Africans. Today 25th November 2010 marks another milestone in the quest for putting African information online. A new website has launched. It is aptly named Africa Portal, and aims to be an authoritative knowledge resource for Africa. In the words of its owners:
The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) today announces the launch of the Africa Portal.
The Africa Portal is an online knowledge resource offering researchers and opinion leaders a forum to share their insights on Africa and publish their work on pressing areas of concern to policymakers and the public. It aims to fill the gap in accessibility to research and information on policy issues on the continent.
A key feature of the Africa Portal is the online library collection holding over 2,500 books, journals, and digital documents related to African policy issues. The entire online repository is open access and available for free full-text download. A portion of the digital documents housed in the library have been digitized for the first time as an undertaking of the Africa Portal project.
The project is a collaborative undertaking between CIGI, Makerere University in Kampala, and the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg.
The web portal already highlights contemporary African issues like Climate Change, Migration, Health, Food security, Energy, Conflict Resolution. It also maintains a contact directory of experts including prominent scholars and practitioners with expertise in African policy issues. The portal also features an Events calendar, sharing short summaries of upcoming summits, elections, conferences, workshops, lectures and other events that deal with African policy issues.
Africa Portal is located at www.africaportal.org