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The AEDIB|NET project is the first step of a broader approach for the African–European collaboration on digitalisation and innovation. The project being launched under the broader political initiative AEDIB. Initiated by EU Member States (France, Belgium, and Germany) and the European Commission to the EC’s Digital 4 Development process (D4D).

Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme and coordinated by GIZ in Germany, AEDIB|NET brings together a network of strong partners from the African and European innovation ecosystem with the ambition to:


the ecosystem actors by developing a supportive innovation policy framework for innovation, building capacity of marginalised groups and enhancing digital and entrepreneurship skills via Digital Entrepreneur Skills Academy.



Digital Innovation by establishing African Digital Innovation Hubs, Digital Hub Lab, online marketplaces with virtual communities and investor networks. The ADIHs will focus on four topics: Climate Smart Agriculture, Smart Cities, Digital Trade and Clean Tech.



Start-ups, SMEs, DIHs, diaspora and others African and European ecosystem players in trans-continental partnerships to facilitate inter-continental collaboration and the creation of a common digital innovation ecosystem.


Consortium Partners

African Business Angel Network

Growing a pan-African network of Angel Investors


a network organization that supports 400 innovation centers across 52 African countries.


CIVITTA is a leading independent management consultancy in Emerging Europe

Digital Africa

The accelerator of African digital talents

EBAN – European Business Angels Network

Driving Successful and Responsible Angel Investing in Europe

EBN – European Business & Innovation Centre Network

We are on a mission to connect, and support economic & sustainable development in EU regions - and beyond.


Belgian development agency executes the Belgian governmental cooperation.

Expertise France

Projects, solutions, impacts.


The AEDIB|NET project will establish ADIHs with 4 technological focuses, which have been pre-identified as digital innovation priority

Cities and Communities of all sizes can become smart utilizing digital technologies to improve the quality of life of their citizens, harnessing ICT to absorb information and communicate with innovators and other communities.

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Digital trade refers to digitally enabled, or digitally delivered, trade in goods and services. Digital trade accounts for a growing share of (international) trade, happening across all sectors of the economy. It refers to both the digitalization of international trade, as well as the overall growth of e-commerce.

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A cooperation between African and European digital innovation ecosystems to address global warming and the preservation of our natural environments can result in very important outcomes, and a specially interesting area for the development of digital innovations and solutions.

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Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) includes a range of proven and innovative practices that increase productivity, strengthen climate resilience and reduce agriculture’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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