5th AfIGF to Hold in South Africa

The 5th African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF 2016) will be jointly organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on October 16-18 in Durban, South Africa. AfIGF is usually held at least one month prior to the global IGF.

The Conference will deliberate among other major themes on inclusive development, digital transformation of Africa, Internet governance in Africa and how to build a gender balanced and truly inclusive multi-stakeholder model.

AfIGF aims to be a platform for an inclusive multilateral, multi-stakeholder and multilingual discussion on issues pertinent to the Internet in Africa in general and Internet Governance issues in particular. Specific objectives include increasing awareness and building capacity on Internet Governance for African users. The forum also aims to strengthen the multi-stakeholder dialogue model for Internet Governance in Africa through regional and national forums and ensure a multi-stakeholder representation of all parts of the continent.

This is in addition to facilitating national and regional exchanges and interactions between countries and regions in the continent, facilitating the participation of African stakeholders in AfIGF and other appropriate regional and national Internet Governance Forums and promoting access to information and knowledge.

The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a platform for multi-stakeholder policy dialogue on prevailing and emerging issues on Internet governance ecosystem. The IGF mandate was extended for ten years by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 2015. IGF aims at fostering the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and the development of the Internet, thus facilitating content development and access to information and knowledge. Africa’s contribution to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) process has led to the formation of the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) in September 2011.

Source: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.