The Meraka Institute facilitates national economic and social development through human capital development and needs-based research and innovation, leading to products and services based on Information and Communication Technology. The Institute supports regional initiatives under the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), collaborating with ICT organisations through staff and student exchange, and the establishment of co-operative programmes. In addition, the Meraka Institute leverages international science and technology collaboration and establishes global links to international programmes to contribute to and take advantage of international efforts in redressing the Digital Divide.
The Meraka Institute addresses three critical areas: Human capital development in ICT (Information Communication Technologies) forms a critical thread throughout the Institute’s activities and ensuring continued development, growth and sustainability. Second, the innovation in ICT leading to applications that address development challenges facing South Africa, the Continent and the developing world thereby directly contributing to addressing the challenges faced by the second economy. Third, advanced technical research enabling indigenous ICT leadership, through a critical mass of high quality research and development.
The CSIR contributes to case study and use case specification, earth observation for health monitoring and application deployment.. The CSIR is located in South Africa and plays an important role by conducting validation pilots locally. The CSIR has identified use cases in South Africa to test and evaluate the components developed for a Spatial Information Infrastructure (SII) with regard to their usability and applicability.
The CSIR has a strong background in user-oriented design and development, and contributes their experience in cholera research. As the leading institution in Earth Observation research and development in South Africa, the CSIR work on new technologies for the SII and its deployment and brings in its distinct perspective as a non-European country.