2024 West Africa School of Internet Governance Fellowship Program by ECOWAS

In an exciting development for the future of internet governance in West Africa, the ECOWAS Commission, acting as the Secretariat for the West Africa Internet Governance Forum (WAIGF), is joining forces with the Government of Senegal to bring the 16th WAIGF to life from July 11 to 12, 2024. This landmark event will be preceded by the 7th West African School on Internet Governance (WASIG), which kicks off with a month-long certified online course from May 20 to June 20, 2024, before transitioning to a hands-on, three-day session in Dakar, Senegal, from July 7 to 10, 2024.

This comprehensive program, meticulously designed to blend online learning with in-person engagement, aims to equip participants with a nuanced understanding of Internet governance through the lens of both global and West African perspectives. The curriculum is rich and diverse, offering interactive fireside chats with seasoned professionals, engagement opportunities at the West Africa Youth IGF and WAIGF, and a culminating certificate of completion for those who meet the program’s requirements. Key topics include the evolution of the internet, mapping of internet governance processes and actors, classification of internet governance issues with a focus on the African context, and an advanced exploration of contemporary challenges and opportunities such as Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, and the Digital Economy.


The ECOWAS WASIG Fellowship Program is an unparalleled opportunity, open until May 15, 2024, for stakeholders across West Africa keen on shaping the future of Internet governance. This partially funded fellowship, hosted in Senegal, welcomes men and women from a wide range of sectors including civil society, the private sector, media, government, academia, and more, with a special encouragement for applications from youth and women. Successful participants will be awarded certificates, marking their contributions to Internet governance discussions and policy-making. For those interested in applying, details and the application process can be found on the official ECOWAS page at This is a unique chance to be at the forefront of internet governance discourse and policy development in West Africa.

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