IGF 2022 Open Forum #6 African Union Open Forum

Wednesday, 30th November, 2022 (10:50 UTC) - Wednesday, 30th November, 2022 (11:50 UTC)

Panel - Auditorium - 60 Min


The African Union plans to organize the 2022 AU Open Forum as a hybrid. The thematic focus will be Connecting All People and Safeguarding Human Rights. Just like in 2021, The AU Open Forum aims at discussing digital inclusion especially in relation to Capacity Building; Digital Transformation; Data Policy, Cybersecurity and Digital Cooperation. The Forum will also discuss the Internet Governance Capacity Building activities of PRIDA at the national, regional and continental level. Through the host country chair (Malawi) of the Africa IGF 2022, an overview of the Africa School of IG, Africa Youth IGF, African IGF and the Africa IGF Parliamentary session will also be given and comments from the participants received. The 2022 Forum will be linked to the SDGs, especially Goals 5, 8, 9, 10 and 17. Like in the previous editions, the African Union Open Forum is expected to be attended by a broad stakeholders’ representation across government, private sector, academia, technical communities, civil society, ministers, parliamentarians, media, regional and international organizations.

With the global IGF 2022 being held in Ethiopia, it is expected that most participants will be their physically. However, the forum will be fully Hybrid to accommodate those who will not be able to be there in person. The event will be widely publicized at the global and regional events including during the Africa IGF in July.


African Union Commission - PRIDA
Dr. Margaret Nyambura Ndung'u, PRIDA-African Union Commission, Intergovernmental Mr. Adil Sulieman, African Union Commission, Intergovernmental Dr. Kamugisha Kazaura, African Union Commission, Intergovernmental Ms. Mary Uduma, West Africa IGF, NRI Dr. Mactar Seck, UN Economic Commission for Africa Chair of the Host of 2022 Continental IGF to be held in Malawi Mr. Joshua Joshua, West Africa IGF Mr. Salyou Fanny, Central Africa IGF


1. Mr. Adil Sulieman, African Union Commission, (Moderator)

2. Ms. Mary Oduma,  Chair Africa MAG

3.  Mr.  Moses Bayingana , African Union Commission,

4.  Honourable Gospel Kazaro, Minister of Information and Digitalisation of the Republic of Malawi

5.  Bram Fudzulani,  NRI Chair of the Host of 2022 Continental IGF held in Malawi

6.  Dr. Margaret Nyambura Ndung'u, PRIDA-African Union Commission, 

7  Dr. Mactar Seck, UN Economic Commission for Africa


English - French Interpretation will be available


Onsite Moderator

Mr. Adil Sulieman

Online Moderator

Mr. Salyou Fanny


Mr. Joshua Joshua


5. Gender Equality

Targets: 5.1 - End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere 5.5 - Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life 5.b - Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women 5.c - Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels 8.2 - Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrading and innovation, including through a focus on high-value added and labour-intensive sectors 8.3 - Promote development-oriented policies that support productive activities, decent job creation, entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation, and encourage the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises, including through access to financial services 8.5 - By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value 9.1 - Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and transborder infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all 9.b - Support domestic technology development, research and innovation in developing countries, including by ensuring a conducive policy environment for, inter alia, industrial diversification and value addition to commodities 10.2 - By 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status 10.3 - Ensure equal opportunity and reduce inequalities of outcome, including by eliminating discriminatory laws, policies and practices and promoting appropriate legislation, policies and action in this regard 16.7 - Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels 16.b - Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development 17.6 - Enhance North-South, South-South and triangular regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing on mutually agreed terms, including through improved coordination among existing mechanisms, in particular at the United Nations level, and through a global technology facilitation mechanism 17.9 - Enhance international support for implementing effective and targeted capacity-building in developing countries to support national plans to implement all the sustainable development goals, including through North-South, South-South and triangular cooperation 17.14 - Enhance policy coherence for sustainable development

Key Takeaways (* deadline 2 hours after session)

Collaborative activities on capacity building across the continent are happening and should be encouraged. Awareness creation on IG to parliamentarians, Judicial officers and law enforces to be promoted. More countries and regional NRIs encouraged to use PRIDA training modules.