The establishment of Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) has been funded by US-based Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Australian Government. The Australian Government has committed to providing the technical and operational expertise from Digital Earth Australia (DE Australia). Through the establishment phase, we will institutionalize the DE Africa program in Africa, and staffing for the program based in Africa will increase over the next three years. A key objective is to leverage the existing capacity across Africa and work with partner institutions to maximize the potential impact of the program.
Digital Earth Africa will provide a routine, reliable and operational service, using Earth observations to deliver decision-ready products enabling policy makers, scientists, the private sector and civil society to address social, environmental and economic changes on the continent and develop an ecosystem for innovation across sectors.
Digital Earth Africa (DE Africa) will process openly accessible and freely available data to produce decision-ready products. Working closely with the AfriGEO community, DE Africa will be responsive to the information needs, challenges and priorities of the African continent. DE Africa will leverage and build on existing capacity to enable the use of Earth observations to address key challenges across the continent.