• Executive Director of ITOCA, Dr. Gracian Chimwaza is the new Chair of Research4Life Executive Council

    Changing of the guard at Research4Life, July 2022: After 2 years as Chair of the Research4Life Executive Council, Ylann Schemm hands the ceremonial partnership bell to the new Chair, Gracian Chimwaza, Executive Director of ITOCA, Read More.

  • ORCID Partners with ITOCA to bring awareness to the unique persistant digital identifier (an ORCID iD) to Africa


    is a not-for-profit organization that enables transparent and trustworthy connections between researchers, their contributions, and affiliations by providing an identifier for individuals to use with their name as they engage in research, scholarship, and innovation activities.

    ORCID's work is open, transparent, and non-proprietary. They are guided by the principles of privacy and researcher control, and the vision of identifier-enabled research information infrastructure.

  • ITOCA has turned 23!!

    We have had twenty-three exciting years providing, promoting and building capacity for scientists, researchers, practitioners and information professionals on the use of electronic resources and digital tools in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

    We would like to extend our gratitude to all our partners, clients and staff for their support.

    Happy 23rd anniversary ITOCA!

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Who We Are

ITOCA (Information Training & Outreach Centre for Africa) is a capacity building organisation aimed at enhancing information and communications technology (ICT) skills for scientists, researchers, librarians/ information specialists, academics and students focusing on the African continent.


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Formerly, TEEAL Africa Office, the ITOCA learning centre was established in February 1999 as a marketing and support office for Cornell University's Albert R. Mann Library TEEAL (The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library) programme for Africa. Now, ITOCA spearheads programme support for Research4Life (AGORA, Hinari, OARE, ARDI and GOALI) and TEEAL in the region.

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