About WAIGF - West Africa Internet Governance Forum

Tuesday 31 August 2010

Internet governance is the development and application by Governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet [1]

The West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) is a project that aims to promote Internet Governance issues in West Africa through a multi-stakeholder process. The Project is run by a consortium led by the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA). Other members of the consortium include AfriNic, Panos West Africa, the IISD, APC, ISOC and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). The project has received support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA).

Run in 8 countries (Ghana, Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Gambie, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Togo), the initiative plans activities like online discussions, surveys and national face to face forums.

Dakar 2010 is the third edition of the regional meeting and we are looking forward to WAIGF 4 already, as the Initiatives pour la Gouvernance de l’Internet en Côte d’Ivoire (IGICI) has already expressed its willingness to host the regional face to face forum in 2011.

The final communique of Dakar 2010 meeting can be downloaded here.