West African Youth Internet Governance Forum (WAYIGF) is a broad-based multistakeholder policy dialogue for West African Youths, to stimulate discussions on public policy issues relating to the Internet in the West African region.
The WAYIGF would promote the participation of youths in important and relevant internet policy discussions on an ongoing basis, as it relates to youths in the West African sub-region. The event will promote the multistakeholder participation as an embodiment of the WSIS principles in Internet governance processes.
The mandate of the Forum is to:
- Discuss public policy issues related to key elements of Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability, and development of the Internet;
- Facilitate discourse between bodies dealing with different cross-cutting international public policies regarding the Internet and discuss issues that do not fall within the scope of any existing body;
- Interface with appropriate inter-governmental organizations and other institutions on matters relating to youth under their purview;
- Facilitate the exchange of information and best practices, and in this regard make full use of the expertise of youths the academic, scientific and technical communities;
- Advise all stakeholders in proposing ways and means to accelerate the availability and affordability of the Internet in the developing world;
- Strengthen and enhance the engagement of youth stakeholders in existing and/or future Internet governance mechanisms, particularly those from developing countries;
- Identify emerging issues as it relates to youths, bringing them to the attention of the relevant bodies and the general public, and, where appropriate, make recommendations;
- Contribute to capacity building for youths in Internet governance in developing countries, drawing fully on local sources of knowledge and expertise;
- Promote and assess, on an ongoing basis, the embodiment of WSIS principles in Internet governance processes;
- Discuss, inter alia, issues relating to critical Internet resources;
- Help to find solutions to the issues arising from the use and misuse of the Internet, of particular concern to youths and everyday users;
- Publish its proceedings
Further details: https://www.wayigf.org/about