Enhancing Regional dialogue on Internet Governance in Southern Africa

By Dumisani Moyo | July 30th, 2013

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) e-Africa Programme seeks OSISA support to work on three related areas in 2013-2014 – namely the establishment of national internet governance forums in at least ten countries in southern Africa, co-convening the 2013 edition of the Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) in Angola, and establishment of a formal training programme on Internet Governance at Wits University. Overall, the project aims to strengthen the capacity of SADC member states to participate in regional, continental and global dialogues on Internet development and Internet governance and thus help them shape effective and enabling national ICT policies. It builds on the successful launch of the SAIGF in 2011 which was supported by several organisations, including the OSISA Media and ICTs Programme.

The main purpose of the project is to contribute to regional integration and the expansion of Africa’s Internet economy through structures and processes that facilitate efficient development and governance of Africa’s Internet resources.
Specific objectives are to:
• Facilitate the development of regional and continental policies by strengthening existing African policy processes;
• Facilitate the establishment of (new) national Internet Governance policy processes linked to regional, continental and global processes;
• Promote the development of African expertise and African capacity building initiatives in Internet Governance;
• Raise awareness on Internet Governance issues and promote good practice in Internet Governance in Africa;
• Contribute to building regional consensus on Internet Governance issues and facilitate African contribution to and participation in, the global discourse on Internet Governance

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