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WAIGF - The West Africa Internet Governance Forum - Dakar, August 23 - 25, 2010

The West Africa Internet Governance Forum - WAIGF is now moving away from being an event to being a project. The Project is run by a consortium led by the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa - FOSSFA Other members of the consortium include AfriNic, Panos West Africa, the IISD, APC, ISOC and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) The project has received support from the Open Society Initiative for West Africa - OSIWA

This is the third edition of the regional meeting and we are looking forward to WAIGF 4 already, as the Intiative de Governance de la Côte d'Ivoire IGICI has already expressed its willingness to host the regional face to face forum next year.

The Forum is billed at the Hotel Sofitel Teranga of Dakar. Internet Society, Senegal Chapter or ISOC.SN is the organiser and we are happy to have received full backing from the Minster of Information Communicationa nd Technology. That is for the event

The project itself plans to host at least 8 national forums. In preparation for these, national IGF lists are being established and discussions have kicked off on those lists. The Project will support one national resource person for at least one year. Most of these are .. well you guessed right - Diplo Alumni. So who do we have as resource persons so far that are Diplo Alumni:
Ben Akoh
Judy Okite
Emmanuel Edet - Nigeria
Nahmsath Yabouri - Togo
Godfred Ahuma, + Charles Amega Selorm - Ghana
Abdullai Kamara - Liberia
Poncelet Ileleji - Gambia
Sahr Gborie - Sierra Leone
Idrissa Martial Bourgou - Burkina Faso


The domain name http://www.waigf.org has already been registered and will soon come alive. A web designer has been contracted to begin work.

Back to the event. ICANN is giving support. OSIWA is supporting the participation of 20 international participants and IGICI plans to support some from Côte d'Ivoire too. Certainly, AfriNic will be supporting some people too. Then we cannot forget the national Telco and the national regulatory authority in Senegal.

Participants are not only coming from West Africa. We have them from all over the world. So if you want to come we are happy to receive you. Dakar is a nice place to be and lots of places to visit.

So what can you do:
  1. Hike to Dakar - on foot, by camel or donkey back, by road, by sea or by flight!
  2. Join any national discussion group - https://lists.waigf.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi
  3. Volunteer to moderate for the outstanding countries not yet covered
  4. Subscribe to the general team list - http://lists.apc.org/mailman/listinfo/waigf-team
  5. Support the Regional meeting itself - this year, next year or any other year
  6. Tweet about the meeting on #waigf and follow remotely on the same hashtag
  7. Give us a shout on this address: logistics at waigf dot org for logistical issues

Okay.. this is my first blog post here.. and it is already getting too long. I should sign off now!

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