On 8th March 2011, Google announced that they have made three grants through the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund of Tides Foundation. Amongst the grantees is the Nigeria ICT Forum. A $500,000 grant has been made to support efforts in improving access to internet infrastructure in tertiary education institutions in Nigeria. The Nigeria ICT Forum is an initiative of the Nigeria Caucus ( a joint meeting of the Vice – chancellors and ICT Coordinators ) of the six Partnership Nigerian Universities. Its mandate is to develop ICT-based capacity for strengthening Research and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs ), facilitate and nurture collaboration between HEIs, to cultivate a favourable policy environment, develop, utilise and sustain ICT networks, services and shared resources consistent with institutional roles as focus for development.
I am indebted to NUANCE – newsletter of the UbuntuNet Alliance – March 2011 issue for this information.