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After a flurry of sessions over the last few days, I was looking for a session to attend on the last afternoon of the IGF.

Grace Githaiga of the African IGF invitied me to attend the African IGF Session that was being held that day.

What I experienced at that session was inspiring, challenging and reaffirming.

The reports from the panelists covered the state of the IGF process from an African context and while panelists appealed for greater involvement of other African countries and National IGFs, the discussions indicated that there is a genuine interest and active community engaged in IGF issues.

The questions from the floor spoke to the strength of the multistakeholder approach and the general IGF processes and the ability of using this community to address local issues.

Coming from St. Kitts where there is no cuurent discussion on a national level as it relates to Internet Governance issues, the African IGF sessions inspired me to work on getting this discussion going. Grace has already sent me a copy of the research "An assessment of the Kenya Internet Governance Forum".

Grace sometimes it is said that no good deed goes unpunished, so watch out you will be receiving emails from me with questions on your experiences in sustaining national discussion on Internet governance issues.

 

Thank You, Grace

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Comment by Sarah Kiden on November 13, 2012 at 10:09am

Trevor, it was good to have someone who is not from the Africa IGF attending the session. I agree with you that the session was inspiring. I hope you got inspired.

Comment by Grace Githaiga on November 10, 2012 at 2:12pm

You are welcome Trevor. I am glad you found the session useful. And yes please send all the questions. I will provide you with the information as much I can. Safe travels.

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