Internet Governance in Africa

The Future of the Internet and how the Internet is governed in Africa is a critical one. How we manage this precious, global resource directly impacts our economic and social opportunities far into the future.

The success of the Internet is rooted in the way it was built and able to grow: an open platform for innovation and sharing of ideas. It is this openness that has defined the Internet from the outset and has enabled it to become such a strong tool for positive change through new ideas and services that make a real difference to people all around the world.

Internet Governance – What is it?

Internet governance is the development and application of shared principles, norms, rules, decision-making procedures, and programs that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.”

Internet governance involves a wide range of topics and issues and reflects importance of understanding the internet, and ensuring that politics do not drive poor decisions.

IG issues broadly covers:

  • Open access to governance
  • Network security and stability
  • Responsible manangement of critical Internet resources


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Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

The Internet Governance space in Africa has been very active during the WSIS process with regional meetings held from 2002 to 2005 in Bamako, Accra, Addis Ababa, Cairo, Johannesburg, Douala and Tunis. Moreover, within the IGF global initiative, Africa has hosted IGF in Egypt (2009) and in Kenya (2011).




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Africa Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF)

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:

  • To increase awareness and build capacity on Internet Governance for African users to ensure that all stakeholders are well prepared for contribution and interaction.


  • To put in place a coordinated African process for dealing with Internet governance issues on the continent and to promote use of African languages in the cyberspace. Ect

“Internet Governance is not just a political matter but is rather an economic matter. These issues of Governance are not resolved we will continue being disadvantaged “ – Communications Minister Cwele