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.