Cooperation with West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) for developing the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in African higher education institutions


The project emerged from a cooperation plan initiated in 2006 jointly by UNESCO and UEMOA, which aimed at developing the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support the ongoing reform of higher education in the UEMOA Member States, and to boost the ICT capacities of the West African Universities.

The cooperation was formalized with an agreement signed on 11 February 2011 between the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova and Mr Soumaïla Cissé, the President of the Commission of UEMOA. 

The main activities of the project focus on:

  • Development of physical and virtual infrastructures of ICT and telecommunications;
  • Provision of equipment, hardware and SaaS (Software as a Service) platforms; and
  • Capacity building in the use of ICT to support quality teaching and learning, research and university governance

The project is led by the Director of the UNESCO Office in Bamako, Mali (Cluster Office for Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali and Niger), who works in close collaboration with UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector and Education Sector. For further information you may contact UNESCO Office in Bamako at bamako(at)

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