ITOCA is aimed at providing, promoting and building capacity for scientists, researchers, practitioners and information professionals on the use of electronic resources and digital tools in Africa . 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 Scientific Technical and Medical (STM) 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 and scientists 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 ITOCA runs six major programmes across African countries: AGORA, Hinari, OARE, ARDI, GOALI and TEEAL funded through partnerships with several international organisations such as the the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), UN agencies (FAO, WHO, UNEP, WIPO and ILO) and Cornell University.
Digital skills for researchers are key in research and development. ITOCA undertakes capacity building for academic and scientific communities in Africa and other regions through: