Africa Technology Assessment Platform
The African continent has become an important destination and, in some cases, testing ground, for new technologies. Now technological change is accelerating on the continent. Sectors from agriculture and health, to finance and energy, are being upturned by a wave of automation, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, big data, synthetic biology and geoengineering.
While these technologies are often presented uncritically as being beneficial to Africa’s development, they have the potential to disrupt and threaten ecosystems and the communities that depend on them. New technologies require careful assessment and interrogation, a process that should be undertaken by Africans themselves.
The Africa Technology Assessment Platform (AfriTAP) brings together African civil society groups, social movements, independent scientists, lawyers and media professionals working together to assess the implications of new emerging technologies on the continent. AfriTAP aims to enable Africans to choose their future pathway and assert control over new technologies and the continent’s technological advancement
Working as a decentralised, pan-African network, oriented toward civil society, local communities and government, AfriTAP monitors, scans and analyses emerging technologies along with their impact on biodiversity, conservation, food sovereignty, climate change and other issues, with a view toward enabling social movements to organise together. It challenges current narratives on technology, promoting an alternative framing that emphasizes protecting, preserving and promoting indigenous and peasant knowledge, customs and technologies.
UPDATES FROM THE REGION
What’s new with technologies in Africa? Newsletter #3
An AfriTAP newsletter, February 2023 AfriTAP presents our third newsletter! This newsletter highlights developments in new technologies in Africa, in the areas of geoengineering, agriculture, genetic technologies and digital technologies. We hope you find this useful....
What’s new with technologies in Africa? Newsletter #2
An AfriTAP newsletter, June 2022 AfriTAP presents our second newsletter! This newsletter highlights developments in new technologies in Africa, focusing on climate and geoengineering, agriculture and food, genetic technologies and digital technologies. It also...
What’s new with technologies in Africa?
An AfriTAP newsletter, December 2021 AfriTAP presents our first newsletter! This newsletter highlights developments in new technologies in Africa, in the areas of climate, geoengineering, agriculture, genetic technologies and digital technologies. We hope you find...
Job opportunity: AfriTAP Network Guide
The AfriTAP / PEMTAfrique network is looking for a professional networker and project guide based in Africa who is bilingual in French and English. Overview AfriTAP / PEMTAfrique is a new civil society platform bringing together allies from Africa to support the...
The COVID-19 Pandemic and its impact
The COVID-19 Pandemic which has been with us since November 2019, has affected and impacted us in different ways. It has impacted on our food system, science and technology. There has been lots of speculations as well as right information embedded in the different...