The ECOWAS Commission, serving as the Secretariat for the West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF), in collaboration with the Government of Senegal, is planning to host the 16th edition edition of the WAIGF from 11 to 12 July, 2024. Preceding the WAIGF, the 7th West African School on Internet Governance (WASIG) is scheduled to take place online from May 20 to June 20, 2024, followed by an in-person session in Dakar, Senegal from 07 to 10 July, 2024.

Curriculum:

The program is designed as a one-month certified online course followed by a three-day intensive learning session in Dakar, Senegal. It aims to introduce participants to Internet governance from both a global and West African perspective. The format features fireside chats with experts in the field and opportunities for participation in the West Africa Youth IGF and WAIGF in Senegal. Participants who successfully complete the training will receive certificates. The key areas covered by the program include:

  • Evolution of the Internet and history of IG
  • Mapping of IG processes and actors
  • Classifications of IG issues (infrastructure, legal, economic and development) from African contexts
  • In-depth analysis of opportunities and challenges of emerging issues ( Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Cybersecurity, Digital economy, Human rights)
  • A digital policy practicum

Application Requirements

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 form and submit it before 15th May, 2024.

Method of Application

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Application Deadline: 15th May, 2024.

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