Consulting Services

IIMC provides strategic consulting including Policy Analysis, Base line Studies and Feasibility Studies to commercial and government clients in the areas of

  • Collaborative Open Innovation and Living Labs
  • ICT4D
  • ICT Entrepreneurship and Innovation Spaces
  • eGovernment, eHealth, eInclusion, eSkills

Members of IIMC's team also have extensive experience working as business and technology experts for both national and internationally funded research and innovation programmes. Clients include

  • European Commission (DG CONNECT, DG Research)
  • European Science Foundation
  • National Research Foundation - South Africa
  • Research Council of Norway
  • Vinnova (Swedish Innovation Agency)
  • World Bank

Recent Studies

IST-Africa Guide to National ICT Initiatives and Research Priorities provides an overview of the current ICT Initiatives, Research Capacity, mapping of thematic priorities and research capacity in the context of the ICT-39 H2020 Call and updated mapping of research priorities under Horizon 2020 in Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda. This is a valuable reference report to assist in identifying partners for inclusion in ICT-39 Proposals. Published by IIMC, January 2016, ISBN No: 978-1-905824-47-2. 

The IST-Africa Guide to ICT and Innovation-related Bilateral & Multilateral Cooperation Initiatives provides an overview of bi-lateral and multi-lateral cooperation with Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda. Published by IIMC, January 2016. ISBN No: 978-1-905824-48-9 

IST-Africa Report on Innovation Spaces and Living Labs provides definitions of Innovation Spaces and Living Labs, an overview of operational Innovation Spaces and Living Labs supporting ICT and Innovation related activities in IST-Africa partner countries and an Innovation Landscape map. Published by IIMC, January 2016. ISBN No: 978-1-905824-49-6

IST-Africa Horizon 2020 Guide is designed to support newcomers to Horizon 2020 to better understand the structure, rules and expectations. Chapter 1 provides a short introduction to Horizon 2020, the role of International Cooperation including insights into African participation under FP7 and Horizon 2020 to date and summarises the key differences between FP7 and Horizon 2020. Chapter 2 provides more details in relation to Research Areas, Participation Rules, Funding Instruments and African participation under initial calls of Horizon 2020. Chapter 3 provides insights into a number of preparatory steps that need to be considered prior to preparing a proposal for submission under Horizon 2020. These include identification of relevant research areas and calls, identification of complementary partners and correct funding instrument. Published by IIMC, January 2016. 

During November - December 2015, IIMC in cooperation with mHealth4Afrika partners undertook a baseline study and needs asssessment with a mix of semi-urban, rural and deep rural health clinics in Northern Ethiopia, Western Kenya, Southern Malawi and Eastern Cape, South Africa to inform the co-design of the alpha version of mHealth4Afrika.

During Q4 2012 – Q1 2013, IIMC was responsible for a World Bank study focused on Open Innovation Platforms, Entrepreneurship and Living Labs in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

IST-Africa Guide to National ICT Policies provides an overview of National ICT policies in Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. Published by IIMC, April 2012, ISBN No: 978-1-905824-31-1

During Q3 2011 - Q1 2012, IIMC undertook a consultative study on existing and emerging Living Labs in Africa and developed a Roadmap to support the Evolution of Sustainable Living Labs and Living Lab Networks in Africa. Supporting the Evolution of Sustainable Living Labs and Living Labs Networks in Africa was published by IIMC in January 2012, ISBN No: 978-1-905824-28-1

During 2009 – July 2010, IIMC was responsible for the co-creation and validation of a National eSkills Plan of Action for the Department of Communications, South Africa:

  • Researched and analysed a wide range of national and line ministry policy documents related to the role of ICT, STI and skills in socio-economic development. Worked closely with eSkills Institute, Department of Communications and key government, business, education and civil society stakeholders to author Draft National eSkills Plan of Action;
  • Facilitated and co-organised a series of Consultation Meetings with Key Stakeholders from government, industry, research and civil society. Designed and role-played interactive scenarios with Panellists before National eSkills Summit designed to engage key stakeholders in adapting findings & validating National eSkills Plan of Action;
  • Designed the methodology and organised three-day eSkills Summit (26 – 28 July 2010, Cape Town) for 300 invited participants. Programme consisted of Plenary Panel Sessions featuring senior multi-stakeholder representatives, Scientific Papers, Case Studies, Technology Snippits and Workshop Sessions, complimented by facilitated Working Groups, who contributed to adaptation and finalisation of the draft Plan of Action.

Following this extensive consultation process, the National eSkills Plan of Action was approved by the South African Cabinet and is now being implemented across South Africa. 

Previous Assignments

Previous Assignments included:

  • Content audits
  • Designing classification systems based on international standards
  • Functional and technical specifications for complex publishing systems
  • Developing workflow and content policy
  • Analysis and evaluation of innovative IST focused research
  • Organising and delivering research, community building and training events
    Technical coordination and writing for multi-stakeholder research proposals
  • Developing marketing and positioning strategies for distributed communities
    Providing strategic support to academic and research conferences
  • Design, editing and publication of conference proceedings on CD-ROM
  • Interactive workshops focused on knowledge management in organizations
  • Interactive workshops focused on participation in European funded research