OBREAL Global has partnered with the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Office of the Central Africa and Great Lakes region, as well as with the Association of African Universities (AAU), the African and Malagashy Higher Education Council (CAMES) and the Network for experts in engineering training in Central Africa and the Great Lakes region (RIEFAC), to coordinate and implement the project PRICNAC (Promotion of Research, Innovation and Digital Culture in Central Africa), a four year initiative funded by the ACP Innovation Fund. The project aims to build capacity for research and innovation in Central Africa and align it to sustainable regional development. It will essentially award grants to consortia of universities, industry, researchers and NGOs to carry out ‘micro-projects’, tackling issues related to innovation, entrepreneurship, digital literacy and research related to indigenous populations. The AUF will serve as the lead of this initiative, and also coordinates a similar initiative for West Africa.
The consortium launches the project on the 28th of January with its first internal consortium meeting, which will serve to map the project context and activities and to identify key synergies with sister initiatives.