AfriSIG 2020 – alumni network building and enrichment

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Information Society Division of the African Union Commission (AUC) and Research ICT Africa (RIA) are pleased to announce that the eighth annual African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG) will take the form of an online programme aimed at building networking among AfriSIG alumni and giving them the opportunity for deeper engagement in a few key current topics in internet governance in Africa.

AfriSIG 2020 will be open only to the more than 400 AfriSIG alumni and will take place on 23 November, immediately prior to the African Internet Governance Forum (AfIGF) which will take place from 25 to 27 November 2020. Through AfriSIG’s partnership with the AUC, trainers trained as part of the AUC’s Policy and Regulation Initiative for Digital Africa (PRIDA) programme will also be invited to participate. PRIDA is a joint initiative of the African Union (AU), the European Union and the International Telecommunication Union which, among other objectives, aims at building the capacities of AU Member States in the Internet Governance space.

The overall goal of AfriSIG is to develop a pipeline of leading Africans from diverse sectors, backgrounds and ages with the skills to participate in local and international internet governance structures and shape the future of the internet landscape for Africa's development. Since its inception which was inspired by the European Summer School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG), AfriSIG has significantly contributed to the expertise in internet governance on the continent.

AfrISIG2020 will consist of two tracks: one-day AfriSIG alumni enrichment programme and reunion and networked AfriSIG alumni participation in the African IGF and the global IGF.

AfriSIG Alumni Enrichment Programme and Reunion

An independent study of AfriSIG's impact on its participants since its inception in 2013 has just been completed. It is clear that alumni value the School itself enormously, but also that being part of the alumni network is in itself one of the most important components of the AfriSIG experience.
AfriSIG will take advantage of the window offered by the pandemic, to focus 2020 on strengthening this network through three online sessions to be held on 23 November 2020.


08.30 to 09.00 UTC: Opening and orientation

09.00 to 10.30 UTC: Session 1 - Digital equality paradox / The 4th industrial revolution: Does it provide renewed focus on ICT for development or is it a distraction? Presented by Alison Gillwald, Research ICT Africa

10.30 to 11.00 UTC - BREAK

11.00 to 12.30 UTC Session 2 - Financial services for the poor in Africa: Is mobile money the solution? Presented by Daniel Mwesigwa, CIPESA

12.30 to 13.30 UTC: Session 3 - AfriSIG alumni reunion and PRIDA trainers reunion in two parallel sessions. This will include a debrief discussion on the global IGF for those who participated in it.

13.30 to 15.00 UTC: Session 4 - 5g in Africa: An in-depth look at the pros and cons. Presented by Steve Song and Peter Bloom

15.00 to 15.15 UTC: Closing


To register for AfriSIG 2020 by following this link.

Follow the School on Twitter for daily updates: @afrisig #AfriSIG2020

See also: African School on Internet Governance: Tracer study of seven rounds of AfriSIG (2013-2019)


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