COVID-19 Smart Development Hack

COVID-19 has placed a heavy burden on developing countries unravelling enormous social and economic consequences. Therefore, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) together with the European Commission and  “Team Europe” partners including other EU member states, tech companies and civil society are calling out the global hackathon #SmartDevelopmentHack. We invite you to become part of this mission.

The AAU and the RRENs Call for strengthening of campus network infrastructure for African Higher Education Institutions to cope with COVID-19 disruptions

Accra, 6 April 2020 - Amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, many academic and research communities have resolved to work remotely for health and safety reasons. This situation has proved the importance of building strong communications infrastructures for higher education and research institutions, able to support advanced services delivered through high-speed telecommunications networks.



In view of the growing global concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and our deep concern for the health and safety of our Conference stakeholders, WACREN has postponed WACREN 2020.

Register for WACREN 2020. Come and join us in the lively Cotonou!

It’s open now; you can register for the WACREN 2020 Conference and the Annual General Meeting slated for March 19 and 20 in Benin chief city – Cotonou. 

There are many exciting things about this year’s event; one of which is, WACREN would commemorate its 10th anniversary. Also, we will officially announce the new NRENs that are now connected to the WACREN backbone, giving the academic community in these countries access to unlimited knowledge for unlimited possibilities. 

Stakeholders of research and education network (REN) across the WACREN region and beyond will gather around the theme ‘Digital Transformation for Development’. Participants are expected to be enlightened as various presenters share research data, experiences and knowledge on topics related to the theme for the event.

Please see the General Schedule for the week of momentous events, beginning from Sunday, March 15 through Friday, March 20, 2020.

Participants will have the opportunity to participate in a number of fun and exciting social events. Each event offers a unique opportunity to experience some of the local culture and network with fellow attendees.  

Where is it happening?
Hotel Golden Tulip Le Diplomate Cotonou is the venue for the Conference. The negotiated room rate at Golden Tulip is 90,000 FCFA (approximatively 140 EUR or 150 USD), for bed and breakfast.

Please send mail to quoting WACREN 2020 to make a reservation.

Alternative hotels

Here is a list of alternative hotels you can chose from for your accommodation:

-        Azalai Hotel Cotonou. Negotiated room rate: 74,500 FCFA. Contact:,

-        Novotel Hotel Orisha Cotonou. Negotiated room rate: 95,000 FCFA.

-        Ibis Cotonou Hotel. Negotiated room rate: 51,590 FCFA.

These recommended hotels are close to the airport and provide free transfers.   

How do I change my money?
Forex bureaus, as well as ATMs, are available at the airport and may be in these hotels.  Banks are generally open only from Monday to Friday (8 am – 4 pm) and Saturday morning, but ATMs are accessible 24/7.

What about travel requirements?

WACREN and the local host advise all potentials participants to take personal responsibility for their travel arrangements, including Visa application to travel to Benin.

See how you can apply for Benin Visa here -

If you hold a passport from an ECOWAS country, you don’t need a visa to enter Benin.

Quick links:

·      You can get important info on workshops here

Lively Cotonou is getting ready for you! Register now. Share the news with others.


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