The First West African School of Internet Governance

Call for applications for the First West African School on Internet Governance

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is one of the Regional Economic Communities (RECs) of the African Union comprising the following fifteen countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo with a total area of 6.1 million km2  and a population of nearly 370 million inhabitants.

As the Secretariat for West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF), ECOWAS with the WAIGF Team plans to organize the 10th edition of the West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF) from 26 to 27 July 2018 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. The WAIGF will include, for the first time a West African School on Internet Governance (WASIG) to be organized from 23 to 25 July 2018.

The WASIG’s main objective is to build capacity of West African stakeholders on Internet Governance (IG) issues in general and in particular on prevailing and emerging issues in West Africa. The capacity building and awareness raising exercises on Internet Governance will ensure that the participants are well prepared to contribute at the national, regional, continental and global levels of the IG process.

The school is structured as a three day (3) intensive learning program covering the following:

  • History of the Internet
  • Internet policies and regulations and lessons for West Africa
  • The Internet governance debate and multistakeholderism
  • Critical Internet resources
  • Cybersecurity, Sustainable Development Goals and emerging issues
  • Internet governance and social issues
  • A practical exercise on a key Internet Governance issue affecting West Africa

Stakeholders from West Africa are invited to apply. Prospective candidates should 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
  • Government offices and Regulatory agencies
  • Security and Defence forces
  • Academia and technical community
  • Archives, Libraries and Documentation centres
  • Civil society
  • Private Sector
  • Parliament
  • Media
  • West African regional institutions, etc

Women and youth are particularly encouraged to apply.

WASIG has limited funding from ECOWAS and partners such as Google and Facebook. In this context only a limited number of successful applicants will be provided sponsorship to cover:

  • Air travel (Economy class ticket or road travel)
  • Accommodation (The WASIG policy is that participants will share rooms, however participants may stay in a single room without sharing provided that they will cover the additional cost directly).
  • Meals (food or its cost is provided during the training days)

In view of the limited number of available scholarships, self-funded participants are strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates are kindly requested to complete the online form and submit it by 30th June,  2018. For further information on WAIGF and WASIG, please visit the website