FIFAfrica24 Call for Session Proposals and Travel Support Application

The Collaboration on International ICT Policy for East and Southern Africa (CIPESA) invites interested parties to submit session proposals to the 2024 edition of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica24). Successful submissions will help to shape the agenda of the event, which will gather hundreds of policymakers, regulators, human rights defenders, journalists, academics, private sector players, global information intermediaries, bloggers, and developers.

FIFAfrica24, which is set to take place in Dakar, Senegal on September 25-27, 2024, offers a platform for deliberation on gaps and opportunities for advancing privacy, free expression, inclusion, free flow of information, civic participation, and innovation online. This year marks the first time that the largest gathering on digital rights on the continent will be hosted in Francophone Africa. Previous editions have been hosted in Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, Ethiopia, Zambia and Tanzania.

As part of the registration, we invite session proposals including panel discussions, lightning talks, exhibitions, and skills workshops to shape the FIFAfrica24 agenda.

CIPESA is committed to ensuring diversity of voices, backgrounds and viewpoints in attendance and as organisers and speakers at panels at FIFAfrica. In line with this, there is limited funding to support travel for participation at FIFAfrica24. Preference will be given to applicants who can partially support their attendance and those who organise sessions.

Submissions close at 18.00 (East Africa Time) on June 17, 2024. Successful session proposals and travel support applicants will be directly notified by July 1, 2024.

For questions, please email internetfreedom@cipesa.org
Submit Your Session Proposal and Travel Support Application Here
Timeline for FIFAfrica24

Call for proposals and applications for travel support: May 27, 2024
Deadline for call for proposals and application for travel support: June 17, 2024
Opening of registration: May 31, 2024
Notification of successful proposals and travel support applications: July 1, 2024

Partner With FIFAfrica24

If you would like to be a partner, contact us at internetfreedom@cipesa.org
Highlights from FIFAfrica23 held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

  • Over 450 in-person attendees
  • 210 travel support beneficiaries
  • 117 speakers (See the agenda)
  • 39 sessions (panel discussions, workshops and presentations – See the agenda)
  • 12 pre-events (alliance meetings, training academies and workshops)
  • 15 exhibitors
  • 4 languages in the programming (English, French, Swahili, and Sign)
  • 3 countries (Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania) traversed in the “Roadtrip to FIFAfrica23”, covering over 2,000 km
  • A 2 day multilingual digital security help desk

See highlights from FIFAfrica23 which included the launch of the 2023 edition of the State of Internet Freedom in Africa report titled, ‘A Decade of Internet Freedom in Africa: Recounting the Past, Shaping the Future of Internet Freedom in Africa’. The year also marked a decade since the first State of Internet Freedom in Africa report was produced. Similarly, it also marked a decade of the Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) which has since 2014 served as the platform for the launch of every State of Internet Freedom in Africa report.

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