We envision an improved quality of life and sustainable development, in Africa through enhanced research and education.
Our Core Values
Our core values are:
- Team work
- Result oriented
Information skills for researchers are key in research development. ITOCA undertakes capacity building for academic and scientific communities in Africa through:
- Outreach and marketing of relevant ICT tools and programs.
- Providing customised program consultancy and support for universities, government departments, communities of practice, NGOs and research institutions.
- Assisting institutions to develop and formulate grant proposals for information programmes.
- Providing tailored training for information resource programs such as TEEAL, AGORA, HINARI and OARE for specific organisations and groups.
- Partnering with International organisations working in research development.
- Undertaking marketing research and programme evaluation studies in ICT programmes.
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.
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. This is achieved through:
- Undertaking and funding outreach programmes in ICT and related activities
- Holding institutional and national training workshops, seminars and capacity building programmes
- Assisting benefiting institutions develop ICT programmes and seek funding internationally to implement these programmes
- Provide technical support to implemented programmes at participating institutions
- Through access to up-to-date, internationally published scientific literature, developing countries stand to benefit in terms of improved research and development programs which lead to increased food production and food security.
- ITOCA provides vehicles aimed at bridging the digital divide between the developed and developing countries in the fields of health and agriculture and related sciences
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 four major programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa: TEEAL, AGORA, HINARI and OARE funded through grants from Cornell University, FAO, WHO, and CTA of Netherlands.
Meet The ITOCA Team
- Chipo holds a Bachelor of Business Management and Information Technology and is currently studying for a Master of Information of Technology with the Universty of Pretoria. She joined ITOCA in 2008. Chipo has experience in coordinating, facilitating and developing training materials for a portfolio of training programmes including Monitoring and Evaluation and Information Literacy; Research4Life and TEEAL. She is also responsible for the system administration within ITOCA.
- Chipo is also the Africa representative for Partnerships in Health Information (Phi), an organisation that strives for improved health care through partnerships between health libraries, library associations and other agencies with information services. She is also the Coordinator for the Association of Health Information and Libraries in Africa (AHILA), an association that supports access and use of reliable health information and encourages the professional development of health information specialists.
Prof. Bamidele Fawole
Dele is the ITOCA Representative in West Africa. He has done outreach and training work for the TEEAL program in West Africa for the past six years and has visited virtually all countries in the sub-region.
Dele obtained his B. Sc. (Agric.) (Hons.) degree in 1972 from the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria. He proceeded to Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, U. S. A. for postgraduate studies immediately after graduation from UI and he obtained the M. S. (Plant Pathology) and Ph. D. (Plant Nematology) degrees in 1975 and 1977, respectively. He is currently a Professor of Nematology in the Department of Crop Protection and Environmental Biology at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
ITOCA is headed by an advisory Board constituted by international professionals who are passionate about ICT for development work in Africa.
- Mr Jon Gregson, Development Dreamers (UK) – Board Chair
- Mr Gracian Chimwaza, ITOCA (South Africa)
- Ms Elizabeth Dodsworth, CABI (UK)
- Mr Jonah Mungoshi, Floodtide (Zimbabwe)
- Prof Willis Oluoch-Kosura, University of Nairobi (Kenya)
- Prof Derek Law, (UK)
- Prof Patrick Ngulube, University of South Africa (South Africa)
- Ms Mary A. Ochs, Cornell University (USA)
- Dr Daisy Selematsela, National Research Foundation (South Africa)
- Prof Fanuel Tagwira, Purdue University (USA)