The West Africa Internet Governance Forum

Monday 30 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.

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.