Smart4Africa Observatory

Observatory – 2017 first edition – To join the panel, please contact Edgar Brault ( – Tel : +33 1 49 57 05 05 






Tactis is a French consulting company, leader on the market of digital transformation of territories and smart city consultancy.  Following the launch of the first Smart City Observatory in France, Tactis has created Smart4Africa Observatory in 2017.


Smart4Africa aims at identifying, analysing and highlighting the most significant « Smart City » initiatives in Africa. « Smart Villages » projects will be also be included withtin the scope of the study to grasp development opportunities for villages affected by rural exodus.

Technology drives the improvement of connectivity within urbanized societies. African cities take part of this trend by continuously seeking to establish new urban systems and technologies, such as m-payment and drones.

As such, the Observatory  Smart4Africa will idendify the most promising trends and innovation perspectives in fields of ICTs, energy, transportation, environment, economic development and security within a first panel of 30 countries,


The African continent has experienced a significant demographic shift and is expected to reach 4 billion inhabitants by 2050. Africa’s rate of urbanization soared from 15% in 1960 to 40% in 2010 and is projected to go beyond 60% in 2050. In 2025, more than 600 million of Africans will be living in cities. This growth demonstrates a need for better urban management, especially since over 60% of urban African residents live in informal settlements.

Objectives of Smart4Africa

  • Identify the degree of maturity of technological foundations  (« smart base ») in Africa and analyse how African national and regional contexts are likely to foster transformation and innovation  within the continent
  • Establish a diagnosis of innovative projects currently in place
  • Analyse leading public (States, International organizations, local authorities…) and private actors (companies, investors, NGO…) engaged in smart city projects
  • Understand opportunities for partnerships between territories and actors towards innovation
  • Foster information exchange and build on experiences and good practices
  • Boost innovation and knolewdge within African societies


Smart4Africa is an annual survey conducted with a panel of public, private and civil society actors in more than 30 African countries.

The observatory will rely on a mix-methods methodology, using an online survey, qualitative interviews, a collaborative web platform, workshops and seminars materials…

If you wish to get involved in the Observatory, please contact


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