ITOCA is aimed at providing, promoting and building capacity for scientists, researchers and information professionals on the use of electronic resources in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Established in February 1999, ITOCA’s main thrust is providing the research and academic communities with access to up-to-date affordable access to published scientific scholarly literature and develop required relevant skills.
We envision an improved quality of life and sustainable development, in Africa through enhanced research and education.
To build capacity amongst the research and education communities in the latest information tools and advocate for the adoption of new technologies that drive development in Africa.
Many agricultural and medical libraries in developing countries have not received any academic journals in over ten years. Other such libraries have been destroyed by war or economic and/or political havoc. Without access to current scientific information, scientists and doctors struggle – to keep up with advances in science and technology, to publish their own findings in peer-reviewed journals, to update their teaching curricula, to find funding, and in many other areas.
The demand for access to scientific literature in developing countries has gone unfulfilled for many years, and has led to the isolation of a generation of scientists from their peers.
Currently, the organisation runs six major programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa: TEEAL, AGORA, HINARI, OARE, ARDI and GOALI funded through grants from Cornell University, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and UN agencies (FAO, WHO, UNEP and ILO).
Information skills for researchers are key in research development. ITOCA undertakes capacity building for academic and scientific communities in Africa through: