“Internet Governance as a Building Block of SADC Regional Integration”
The Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum was inaugurated in September 2011 with the overall objective of developing a coordinated and coherent approach to dealing with Internet Governance issues in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
The specific objectives of the SAIGF are to:
Increase awareness of Internet Governance issues in SADC member states
Facilitate informed dialogue on policy issues and related matters between stakeholders (government, private sector, civil society, media and academia)
Facilitate the participation of a broad range of SADC stakeholders in regional and global IGF processes.
Create a systematic, bottom up, national, regional and global Internet Governance policy dialogue process in SADC.
It is expected that through the SAIGF, the following outcomes will be realised:
Creation of an Internet Governance and Internet policy dialogue space at regional level.
Stimulation of Internet Governance and Internet policy dialogue spaces at national level
Enhanced capacity to identify, and discuss issues relating to Internet Governance, Internet development and policy in SADC and to strategise on possible interventions for addressing such issues.
Increased participation of SADC stakeholders at the global IGF and other related fora
The SAIGF is co-convened by the NEPAD Agency, the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Southern Africa NGO Network (Sangonet) under auspices of the SADC Secretariat. Outcomes from the Forum are captured in a communique which is presented to the Africa IGF and the global IGF.