The presence of a strong National Research and Education Network (NREN) can have a major impact on the social and economic development
in a country. The AfricaConnect (www.africaconnect.eu) projects are creating international high capacity Internet networks for supporting NRENs in Africa. WACREN is the West and Central African Research and Education Network (www.wacren.net) whose 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 NREN community. The TransAfrican Network Development project (TANDEM) aims to help WACREN to achieve its goals and to be able to participate in the forthcoming AfricaConnect2 project. In turn this will help WACREN to lead the development of strong NRENs in countries across the region. This will in turn make it possible for African researchers and educators to work with their peers around the world and collaborate on international projects towards the socio-economic development in West and Central Africa. A major step towards this is to understand what research and education network services are needed by end users (students, researchers, academics) of NRENs and RREN in West and Central Africa region. The TANDEM survey will provide these inputs.