Deadline for submission of abstracts: 30th June 2015 

Information Africa Organization provides a regional platform for professional communication and understanding of the significance of KM for innovation. It gives a voice to KM on a regional scale and follows the developments in KM, promoting its practical implementation within the Africa.

Papers presenting innovative projects, experience, initiatives or services with a strong collaborative cross-border or regional dimension are preferred. Papers should reflect the 2015 conference theme “Knowledge Management and Innovation: Transforming Africa through Knowledge”.
THEME: Knowledge Management and Innovation: Transforming Africa through Knowledge

Sub theme 1: Knowledge Management and the Economy

  • Economic value of data and data management for research
  • K-Economy, k-community and k-enterprise
  • Public policy for the knowledge economy
  • Entrepreneurship and business models of the knowledge based economy
  • Education sector in the knowledge economy
  • Ethical considerations of the knowledge economy

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Written by Maina Waruru from the University World News – Africa Edition

The East African Credit Accumulation and Transfer project undertaken by higher education authorities in the region’s five countries has entered a fifth phase, with experts agreeing on minimum standards for psychology, counselling, community development, developmental studies and social work programmes.

The harmonisation initiative is meant to ease the movement of students from one university to the other across the countries of the East African Community. It is also part of a quality assurance initiative that was started in 2007 before picking up pace in 2010.

Experts in the above disciplines started deliberations at a meeting in Nairobi on 13 February, and benchmarks for the four courses were agreed.

During previous phases, minimum standards were developed for human medicine, basic sciences, engineering, agriculture, business studies and information technology, computer science, bachelor of education with options in arts, science, primary, special needs and early childhood, bachelor of laws and masters in business administration.

Professor David Some, chair of Kenya’s Commission for University Education, or CUE, told University World News: “This process has involved not just the universities and commissions for higher education, but employers too under the auspices of the East African Business Council and the Inter-University Council for East Africa.”

Employer input had been sought to ensure the relevance of training offered across the region as well as the employability of graduates within the unified East African trading bloc.

“Ultimately the harmonisation will also bring all five member countries – Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania – even closer to the desired goal of faster regional integration,” Some said.

It will also mean that lecturers will be able to move freely from one country to the other to teach.

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AdesinaIn power shift, Nigeria’s Adesina wins thrilling continental battle for AfDB presidency | Mail & Guardian Africa.

NIGERIA’S Akinwumi Adesina was Thursday elected new president of the African Development Bank  (AfDB) in a thrilling vote that saw major heavyweights from North Africa and southern Africa were stripped away early in the opening rounds.

The dapper bow-tie wearing Agriculture and Rural Development minister will be a popular choice with the Africanist policy community, but will also provide a major boost for Nigeria’s flagging geopolitical ambitions, with a new president set to be sworn-in on May 29.

He has widely heralded innovations in hugely improving his country’s often-precarious food security position, but was not as steeped in finance as some of his rivals, the majority of who were all serving or former finance ministers.

He however had arguably the most impressive academic credentials.

The vote

Three candidates had been left in the nerve-wracking race to head the 50-year-old bank.

Adesina, Cape Verde’s Cristina Duarte and Kordje Bedoumra of Chad were the only contestants still standing by early evening on Thursday, as AfDB governors sought a successor to Donald Kaberuka, who will have served the maximum two terms.

A winning candidate needs at least 50.01% of both the regional and non-regional votes. The latter are members who are not from Africa and wield 40% of the vote. They include the US, China, Japan and a raft of European countries and were brought in in 1982 to help boost the capital base of the bank which was at the time starved of cash.

Nigeria has the highest voting power of the bank’s members, ahead of the United States.

Sierra Leone’s Foreign Affairs minister Samura Kamara, who as finance minister led his country’s reconstruction effort, was the first to fall in the opening round, though few eyebrows would have been raised at his early exit, given his region had propped up three other stronger candidates.

But the identity of the next candidate to be eliminated was more surprising, as Ethiopia’s Sufian Ahmed tumbled out. His country’s finance and economic development minister, he had been one of the heavy-hitters expected to at least make the final rounds of voting.

Mali’s Birama Side lasted longer than forecast by analysts, becoming the third candidate to be knocked out.

Tunisia’s Jaloul Ayed was next, as North Africa lost a chance to head the bank for a third time.

The bank’s sixth president, Omar Kabbaj, is credited with instituting reforms that set the bank on its current path, while Kaberuka cemented its place as the continent’s premier development financier.

Zimbabwe’s Thomas Sakala, a former AfDB insider, tumbled out next. He had come in on the backing of southern Africa, but his bid run into headwinds when it was revealed that he had been a benefit of “primaries” which is perceived to be against bank rules.

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