WACREN is the West and Central African Research and Education Network. Incubation of the regional network started at AfNOG 2006 and at the Regional Workshop on Research and Education Networks organised by the Association of African Universities (AAU) in Accra in November 2006. The need to build organizational and technical capacity within constituent NREN countries was identified as a requirement for a viable network.
A regional consultative meeting held in November 2009 as a pre-event to the Open Access Conference 2009. The AAU was given the mandate to identify a Task Team to coordinate activities of working groups to produce documents for the establishment of the RREN .
Following the meeting of representatives of 11 countries in West Africa and Central Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Gabon, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo) in initiative of Research and Education Networking Unit (RENU) of the Association of African Universities (AAU), it was taken to the establishment of the first Board of Directors of WACREN, composed of nine (9 ) members and presided by Professor Tiemoman KONE.
The WACREN's vision is a World-class infrastructure and services for the West and Central African Research and Education community for development.
The WACREN's mission is To build and operate a world class network infrastructure, develop state of the art services, promote collaboration among national, regional, international research and education communities and build the capacity of the REN community.
The objectives of WACREN is the promotion and establishment of interconnections between national research and education networks in West and Central Africa to form a regional research and education network , the interconnection of this network with other regional and continental networks, and the provision of services aiming at fostering collaboration between research and education institutions in the region as well as between them and peer institutions at continental and international levels.
WACREN is governed by a Board of Directors.