I&J convened

Published on
October 20, 2021


The Internet & Jurisdiction Policy Network hosted a virtual event "Cross-border digital policies for Africa: Project kick-off" on November 4, 2021, from 13:00 to 14:30 UTC (16:00 to 17:30 EAT).

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 November meeting was to launch 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. The project proposes to complement existing regional mechanisms for stakeholders from the African continent to share knowledge, consult each other, interact with stakeholders around the world, and develop a shared understanding of and capacity on cross-border digital policy issues.

Learn more about the project here.

The event gathered regional key stakeholders from governments, Internet companies, technical operators, academia, civil society and international organizations that shared perspectives on regional trends and their respective perspectives regarding cross-border digital policies across the African continent in the context of the framework of the Digital Transformation Strategy for Africa, launched by African Heads of State in 2019, as well as the Africa’s Agenda 2063.

Calling all policymakers and practitioners working on digital policy in Africa

If you are interested in participating in this project and joining a knowledge network of  400+ senior-working-level experts stemming from all continents including Africa, Latin America and Asia across all relevant stakeholder groups (GOV, IGO, ACA, BUSINESS, CIV, TEC) we would like to hear from you. 

- Express your interest to participate in the Knowledge Dialogue, a series of two substantive half day workshops taking place in December and Q1 2022 for regional experts to share their digital policy insights and initiatives.

- Become a knowledge contributor to the status report, which will be produced as a key outcome of the project. See example of the Regional Status Report developed in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean here.


- Partner with us to share this project with your community and co-organize webinars or produce a blog on a digital policy topic of interest. 

Confirmed speakers included:

- Onica Makwakwa, Africa Coordinator, Alliance for Affordable Internet

- Thabo Mashegoane, Chairman of the Board, AfiCTA

- Kamal Tamawa, Public Policy Director, GSMA

- Edwin Fernando Rojas, Senior Economic Affairs Assistant, United Nations, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

- Alison Gillwald, Executive Director, Research ICT Africa

- Clemens Kapler, Senior Policy Officer,Digital Technologies Division,German Federal

Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

- Didier Nkurikiyimfura, Director of Technology and Innovation, Smart Africa

- Moses Bayingana, Acting Director of Infrastructure and Energy, African Union


- Tapiwa Ronald Cheuka, Trade Policy Officer, African Union Commission