APC/FOSSFA report to OSIWA on the West African Internet Governance Forum

Thursday 31 March 2011

The West African Internet Governance Forum 2010: Report on the West African IGF participation at the 5th Internet Governance Forum, Vilnius, 14-17 September 2010

Report submitted to the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) by
the Free and Open Source Software Foundation of Africa (FOSSFA) Compiled by the Association for Progressive Communications - November 2010

Introduction and Summary

This report covers progress made by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) as the lead Project Action Coordinator of the West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) initiative. It begins with a general overview followed by an overview of the actvities during the reporting period. Attached as Appendix A provides a list of national country coordinators.

The first regional West Africa IGF (WAIGF) event consisted of a one-day discussion held in Saly Portudal, Senegal, in 2008. It focused on developing the capacity of participants on global internet governance issues. A second event was held in Accra, Ghana, in 2009 in which a
number of countries participated. In spite of the success of these events the process was largely separated from the global IGF as there were no structured linkages between the two fora. The third meeting of the West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WA-IGF) was held in Dakar in August, 2010, with the theme “Promoting the multi-stakeholder model for the development of the Internet in Africa” and with a specific plan of action for linking to the global IGF that was held in Vilnius, Lithuania in September 2010. One of the outcomes of the 2010 WAIGF was a call for more proactive government engagement in a multistakeholder internet policy processes which are currently predominantly spearheaded by civil society. Participants also called for increased participation of countries and their stakeholders in West Africa at the global forum.

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