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The Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) is the sub-regional IGF convened and facilitated by Southern African Development Community (SADC) . It is supported by SANGONET and other stakeholders. So far 9 out off 15 SADC Members States have established National Internet Governance Forums (NIGFs). The global Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is a multi-stakeholder forum for policy, technology and standardisation dialogue on issues of Internet governance. The establishment of the Global IGF was formally announced by the United Nations Secretary-General in July 2006. It was first convened in October–November 2006 and has held an annual meeting since then.

This year the Southern Africa IGF 2019 will be held Namibia. All details will be advertised shortly. All National IGFs ad people interested in Internet Governance are welcome to SAIGF 2019.


The Southern Africa Internet Governance Forum (SAIGF) is inviting potential participants to submit proposals for its 2019 programme. The programme will include show casing achievements as best practices, hot topics, and workshop sessions in the SAIGF annual meeting on a specific Internet governance-related topic or question. Internet governance is defined as “the development and application by Governments, the private sector and civil society, in their respective roles, of shared principles, norms, rules, decision making procedures, and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet.” The deadline is 30 June 2019. To submit proposals, click here.

The following are SAIGF contacts: SAIGF Secretariat and SAIGF Multi-Stakeholder Coordination Team

SAIGFs Meetings Reports, Presentations and Papers are available by following this link

Below is a customised search engine which allows searching for documents on SAIGF repository.

Internet Governance – Why the Multistakeholder Approach Works

The multistakeholder governance framework is informed by three components: opened-ended unleashed innovation (infrastructure), decentralized governance institutions (governance) and open and inclusive processes (human)

Policy Brief: Internet Governance

The term 'Internet governance' refers to the processes that impact how the Internet is managed. The historic and future success of the Internet as an open and trusted platform for innovation and empowerment depends on a decentralized, collaborative, and multistakeholder approach to Internet governance.

AU Declaration On Internet Governance

During the African Union (AU) Summit held in Kigali in January 2018 the African Union Declaration on Internet Governance was adopted.

Supporting the Creation and Scalability of Affordable Access Solutions: Understanding Community Networks

Community networks, communications infrastructure deployed and operated by citizens to meet their own communication needs, are being increasingly proposed as a solution to connect the unconnected.

Community Networks - building a digital future that puts people first.

Closing the digital divide is critical and community networks offer a solution. These are “do it yourself” networks built by people for people. You can promote, donate to, or even build a community network yourself. You can also work with your local community and government to help create change. Community networks need policy and regulatory assistance in some countries to get started.

Support SAIGF Internet Access for all

Donations in funding or equipment will help to extend Internet access to all in remote villages and underserved urban neighborhoods. The donations will support training for the next generation of Internet leaders, expertise and equipment to build Internet networks in communities that need access.