Category: 2023

WAIGF 2023 Call for Workshop Proposals

All stakeholders are invited to submit proposals for workshops at the 2023 Annual Meeting of the West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) through the workshop application e-form. The deadline is 17 March  2023, 23:59 UTC.

Five Themes in the WAIGF ‎‎2023 Programme

The WAIGF 2023 programme will be organized according to the following seven themes:

  • Cybersecurity and Trust 
  • Data Governance 
  • Emerging Technologies and Innovation 
  • Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Media and Content 
  • Rights and Freedoms 
  • Universal Access and Meaningful Connectivity 

After reviewing inputs from the WAIGF 2023 call for issues, the themes above were decided on during the WAIGF 2023 First Open Consultations.

The IGF’s thematic inputs and stocktaking processes are open to everyone, with a combined 286 submissions received this year. The overarching theme of WAIGF 2023 is “Building Economic Resilience and Digital Sovereignty in West Africa”. 

WAIGF 2022 Workshops

WAIGF 2023 will be organized in a hybrid format allowing for equitable online and onsite participation. Proposals should be designed to take this hybrid meeting approach ‎into account; 

Proposers are invited to make submissions under the following themes:‎

  1. Cybersecurity and Trust 
  2. Data Governance 
  3. Emerging Technologies and Innovation 
  4. Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change
  5. Media and Content 
  6. Rights and Freedoms 
  7. Universal Access and Meaningful Connectivity 

It is important that the organizers of the proposed workshops prepare their proposals clearly aligned to one of the themes described above. However, it is even more important that the description of the sessions show a specific and completely focused approach to the chosen theme, considering that for this year, this characteristic will be considered as one of the main evaluation criteria when choosing the proposals that will be included in the WAIGF 2023 programme.

West African School on Internet Governance Scholarship

The ECOWAS Commission as the Secretariat for the West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) along with the WAIGF Team plan to organise the 15th edition of the West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) from 25 to 26 May 2023. To precede the WAIGF is the 6th West African School on Internet Governance (WASIG) to be organised from 22 – 24 May 2023.


The school is structured as a three (3) day intensive learning program intended to introduce participants to Internet governance (IG) from the global and West African perspectives. The format will include fireside discussions with experts in the field and participation in the Policy and Regulation Initiative for Digital Africa’s (PRIDA) virtual training platform. Certificates will be issued to participants who successfully complete the training. The key areas covered by the program are:

  • Evolution of the Internet and the history of Internet Governance
  • Mapping of Internet Governance processes and actors
  • Classifications of Internet Governance issues (infrastructure, legal, economic and development) from African contexts
  • In-depth analysis of opportunities and challenges of emerging issues (cybersecurity, digital economy, human rights) from the West African context
  • A practical exercise on a key Internet Governance issue affecting West Africa

Applications: Stakeholders from West Africa are invited to apply. Prospective candidates should ideally be involved as key actors or decision-makers in Internet governance or ICT policy processes. They should also be able to contribute now or soon to IG activities or/and processes within their institutions, countries, continent and globally.

Candidates should be from all stakeholder groups including:

  • Youth and Women groups
  • Civil society
  • Private Sector
  • Media
  • Government offices and Regulatory agencies
  • Security and Defence forces
  • Academia and technical community
  • Archives, Libraries, and Documentation centers
  • Parliament
  • West African regional institutions, etc

Women and youth are particularly encouraged to apply. Spaces are limited. Candidates are kindly requested to complete the online form and submit it by 1st April, 2023. For further information on WAIGF and WASIG, please visit the website – “

Call for Issues -West African Internet Governance Forum 2023

The West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) invites Internet Stakeholders to submit issues for discussion at the 2023 forum.

We welcome submissions on a wide range of topics related to internet governance, including but not limited to:

  • Cybersecurity and online safety
  • Access to and affordability of the internet
  • Digital economy and e-commerce
  • Digital rights and freedoms
  • Internet infrastructure and connectivity
  • Digital inclusion and bridging the digital divide
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Internet governance policy and regulation

Please submit your issues via the online submission form on the WAIGF website by February 11, 2023. Selected issues will be discussed during the forum, which will take place in May 2023.

We look forward to your contributions and participation in shaping the future of the West African digital ecosystem.