Call for Applications: West African School on Internet Governance Scholarship 2023

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West African School on Internet Governance Scholarship 2023

Call for Applications: West African School on Internet Governance Scholarship 2023

The West African School of Internet Governance Scholarship 2023 is now accepting applications. The ECOWAS Commission, as the Secretariat for the West African Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF), and the WAIGF Team intend to hold the 15th edition of the WAIGF on May 25 to 26, 2023. The WAIGF will be preceded by the 6th West African School on Internet Governance (WASIG), which will be held from May 22 to 24, 2023.

The school is designed to be a three (3) day intensive learning session that introduces participants to Internet governance (IG) from both a global and West African viewpoint. The format will include fireside chats with subject matter experts as well as participation in the Policy and Regulation Initiative for Digital Africa’s (PRIDA) virtual training platform. Certificates will be issued to participants who successfully complete the training. The key areas covered by the program are:

  • Evolution of the Internet and the history of Internet Governance
  • Mapping of Internet Governance processes and actors
  • Classifications of Internet Governance issues (infrastructure, legal, economic and development) from African contexts
  • In-depth analysis of opportunities and challenges of emerging issues (cybersecurity, digital economy, human rights) from the West African context
  • A practical exercise on a key Internet Governance issue affecting West Africa

Eligibility

  • Stakeholders from West Africa are invited to apply.
  • Prospective candidates should ideally be involved as key actors or decision-makers in Internet governance or ICT policy processes.
  • They should also be able to contribute now or soon to IG activities or/and processes within their institutions, countries, continent and globally.

Candidates should be from all stakeholder groups including:

  • Youth and Women groups
  • Civil society
  • Private Sector
  • Media
  • Government offices and Regulatory agencies
  • Security and Defence forces
  • Academia and technical community
  • Archives, Libraries, and Documentation centers
  • Parliament
  • West African regional institutions, etc

Application

Women and youth are particularly encouraged to apply. Spaces are limited. Candidates are kindly requested to complete the online form and submit it by the deadline.

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For more information, visit WASIG Scholarship.

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