IGF 2022 Town Hall #98 Launch of the Coalition for Digital Africa

Thursday, 1st December, 2022 (09:00 UTC) - Thursday, 1st December, 2022 (10:00 UTC)
Banquet Hall A

Round Table - U-shape - 60 Min


The Coalition for Digital Africa (the Coalition) is an ICANN initiative designed to bring together organizations and people that can directly impact the expansion of the Internet in Africa. The goal of the initiative is to build the necessary Internet infrastructure to support the development of Africa’s digital economy by promoting innovation and advancing Africa’s digital transformation through the expansion of local content and encouraging entrepreneurial efforts. This will be done by collaborating on projects that will directly benefit the African continent, and in which values and unique missions of the organizations in the coalition are aligned. The Town Hall session will officially launch the Coalition and allow partners of the projects, rolled out this year, to discuss their collaboration. Activities under the initiative range from ccTLD capacity-building workshops in support of the role of ccTLDs in national digital strategies to investment in Internet infrastructure and facilitating participation in the multistakeholder policymaking processes across the continent. The Coalition aims to support the growth and sustainability of the digital economy in Africa by ensuring a stable, resilient and secure Internet, through partnerships with governments, regional and international organizations, and the local internet community.

The session will be designed in a hybrid format, with panelists and participants joining virtually and onsite. The session will allow the panelists to present and talk about their role and activities in the different initiatives of the Coalition. The session will be structured to provide at least 20% of the duration for questions, comments, and discussion. All participants’ interventions and questions will be treated in an equal manner, which will be ensured through communication between onsite and online moderators in private chats and extensively exchanging information during the session. ICANN will use best practice from its hybrid public meetings that can be implemented at the IGF to make the interaction vibrant for both in person and remote participates Chat and Q&A pod (if available) will be actively monitored. Once details of the Zoom platform are available, we will look for ways to add features to improve interaction, if possible -- ICANN has been holding all our meetings and working group sessions online since March 2020 (thousands of hours) and will have held two hybrid ICANN meetings by the time of the IGF 2022. For those unable to attend due to time zone disparities, questions can be submitted prior to the session organizers. Additionally, background materials will be made available before the session so attendees can come prepared. Following the session, outstanding questions will be answered privately and means to engage with the Coalition will be provided.


Pierre Dandjinou, Vera Major, Rebeca McGilley


Mr Göran Marby, CEO and President of Internet Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN)

Mr Olusola Bandele Oyewole, Secretary General of the Association of African Universities (AAU)

Mr Barack Otieno, General Manager at Africa Top Level Domains Organization (AfTLD)

Mr. John Omo, Secretary General, African Telecommunications Union (ATU)

Mr. Pierre Dandjinou, Vice-President of Stakeholder Engagement Africa, ICANN

Onsite Moderator

Mrs Anne-Rachel Innée

Online Moderator


Targets: 1.5a. The CDA ensures that significant resources are mobilized towards enhancing development cooperation in least developed countries and ending poverty in all its dimensions. 1.b. The CDA supports the creation of policy frameworks at the national, regional and international levels supporting the acceleration in investment in poverty reduction. 8.2. Several of the CDA initiatives aim to promote economic diversity by providing diversification opportunities through technological upgrading. 8.3 CDA initiatives aim to support the development of policies that support product activities, including decent job creation, entrepreneurship and encourage the growth of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises 9.1. Several of the initiatives aim to develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure to support economic development. 9.a. The CDA supports sustainable and resilient infrastructure development in developing countries through technological and technical support to African countries. 9.b Through the partnerships, CDA supports domestic technology development and innovation in African countries. 9.c Through CDA initiatives, ICANN and our partners aim to significantly increase access to information and communication technologies and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet. 10.2. Some of the CDA initiatives aim to promote the inclusion of all individuals in the development of the Internet. 10.3 The multistakeholder approach requires a global representation of decision-makers. To this effect, the CDA tracks include capacity building activities for better participation in the multistakeholder model are planned with several different stakeholders. 16.7 The CDA tracks are conducted with different partner organisations, ensuring that there is an inclusive and participatory representation at all levels. 16.8 The CDA aims to broaden and strengthen the participation of developing countries in the institutions of global governance. 17.9. The CDA aims to enhance international targeted capacity building activities. 17.15 Through partnership with local stakeholders, the CDA ensures that each country’s policy space and leadership are respected.

Key Takeaways (* deadline 2 hours after session)

Working in partnership to grow African Internet infrastructure to support the development of Africa’s digital economy, the Coalition for Digital Africa comes in a timely manner. More multistakeholder partnerships are needed on the African continent to develop a ensuring a stable, resilient and secure Internet, which is the backbone of growth.

Call to Action (* deadline 2 hours after session)

The Coalition is open and new projects can be developped along with new partners that fit in the Coalition's Guiding Principles