CIPESA to Host Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa In Ghana, Calls for Applications

Dr. Wakabi Wairagala, Executive Director, CEPESA
Dr. Wakabi Wairagala, Executive Director, CIPESA

The Collaboration for International ICT Policy in East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) will host Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) in collaboration with Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) in Accra, Ghana on September 26 to 28, 2018

The annual convening will brings together key stakeholders in the Internet governance and online/digital rights environment from the continent and beyond to deliberate on developments, challenges, opportunities and ways of improving the Internet ecosystem in Africa.

The 2-day interactive capacity building workshop on Internet Freedom and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a wider project working to support civil society organisations across Africa to engage with the UPR process through research, capacity development and developing tools to support internet freedom advocacy.

CIPESA has therefore called for applications for sponsorship from persons interested in participating in the programme.

Successful applicants will work together with other applicants on interactive projects with the guidance of on ground trainers and mentors. Applicants will be introduced to the UPR process, learn how to leverage different moments during the UPR timeline for advocacy, practice gathering and analysing data and creating infographic material to campaign around key issues relating to internet freedom, and create a practical advocacy plan that advocates can implement to follow up on recommendations made in the periodic reviews.

Successful applicants who attend the workshop will also have the opportunity to apply to attend a DATA4CHAN.GE (D4C) workshop in 2019 where they will develop data driven advocacy campaigns that support independent research or organisations’ UPR objectives.

The call is open to individuals who are interested in and preferably have experience in human rights advocacy and are active in the following countries: Angola, Ethiopia, Gambia, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe. Applicants must have knowledge of Africa’s ICT sector and its role in development and governance. Participants must ensure availability for the duration of the workshop as well as for FIFAfrica – 4 days excluding travel.

Applications close on July 31, 2018.

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