I&J convened

Published on
January 26, 2022


The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network hosted the second workshop on "Cross-border digital policies for Africa" on February 22, 2022.

This project is enabled with the support of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


The goal of this second workshop was to amplify African perspectives and voices towards stakeholders in the Global North, as well as serving as an opportunity to discuss along the lines of the EU-AU Digital Partnership and jointly identify areas of action. Learn more about the project here.

The first workshop, organized on December 13, 2021 launched a process from 2021-2023 which seeks to address and to research Cross-border Digital Policies for Africa through the development of a regional status report that frames, maps and addresses these issues. 

Research ICT Africa (RIA) has prepared a Synthesis Report to provide with an overview of the key findings identified by participants at the first workshop, including the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Agreement, the Africa Data Policy Framework recently proposed by the African Union Commission, and the African Union Convention on Cyber Security and Personal Data Protection (the Malabo Convention). 


Calling all policymakers and practitioners working on digital policy in Africa

A key outcome of the project will be the Internet & Jurisdiction in the African Union Regional Status Report on Cross-border Digital Policies, which will map and showcase legal and technical approaches to cross-border digital policies. The report is being prepared by a team at Research ICT Africa (RIA).

The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network is inviting all interested stakeholders to share their unique expertise in the following Data Collection survey. The Cross-border Digital Policies for Africa Report will be based on the input provided in this survey, as well as interviews conducted with actors working on the topic. The survey is available in EnglishFrench and Portuguese