African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG)

      The African School on Internet Governance (AfriSIG), an initiative founded by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), is a multistakeholder training initiative that aims to give Africans from diverse sectors and stakeholder groups the opportunity to gain knowledge and confidence to participate effectively in internet governance processes and debates nationally, regionally and globally. It contributes towards increasing the diversity, extent, quality and effectiveness of African participation in internet governance by creating a space that promotes multistakeholder learning and dialogue. Currently AfriSIG is co-convened by APC, the African Union Commission and Research ICT Africa.

      The vision of AfriSIG is to contribute to the development of inclusive and transparent internet governance on the continent of Africa, and a strong global internet governance praxis directly influenced by African perspectives and good practice.

      AfriSIG also responds to the challenge of inadequate participation by African and women stakeholders in the internet governance sphere, building knowledge across stakeholder groups and Africa's sub-regions by fostering dialogue towards mainstreaming African and women’s perspectives to global internet governance.

      The specific objectives of AfriSIG are to:

      • Strengthen existing capacity of a diverse range of stakeholders in the field of IG in Africa, across all sectors, with a specific emphasis on mainstreaming women’s rights, sexual rights and youth.

      • Provide a safe and accommodating environment for new entrants to the field, particularly non-traditional actors from the women’s and sexual rights sectors, to increase their knowledge on IG.

      • Bring together people from government, civil society, business and other stakeholder groups to interact and build common ground around a public interest-oriented approach to IG.

      • Promote intergenerational, cross-sector and cross-issue engagement and collaboration in the spirit of multistakeholder participation as articulated in the African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms.

      • Foster critical debate in a multistakeholder forum on IG issues from an African, Southern and gender perspective.

      • Provide opportunities to identify and develop African positions on current issues in internet policy and governance.

      • Give participants hands-on experience in IG processes through a practicum that involves role playing a current topic in multistakeholder negotiations, and by co-locating AfriSIG with a significant IG event in which they can participate immediately following the School.

      • Strengthen the capacity of actors in the African IG field to integrate gender perspectives.

      • Increase the participation and influence of women’s rights and sexual rights stakeholders in IG processes and outcomes in Africa.

      • Encourage local to global learning and application of skills and expertise.

      Previous AfriSIGs:

      To date, there have been six Schools:

      1. The first was held in Durban, South Africa, on 10-12 July 2013.

      2. The second was held in Bel Ombre, Mauritius on 21-25 November 2014.

      3. The third was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 1-5 September 2015.

      4. The fourth was held in Durban, South Africa, on 11-15 October 2016.

      5. The fifth was held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on 28 November-2 December 2017.

      6. The sixth was held in Zanzibar, Tanzania, on 11-16 October 2018


      The partners associated with this project can be placed into the following five categories:

      • Governments 

      • Intergovernmental agencies 

      • Civil society 

      • Private sector 

      • Technical community


      For more information on the initiative, photos and materials, please visit


      Project team 
      Anriette Esterhuysen South Africa
      Koliwe Majama Zimbabwe
      Eunice Mwesigwa South Africa
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