2018 marks the fifth year of our Africa Strategy, ICANN's first regional strategy to be developed as a tool for engaging with the continent. At this important milestone, we want to thank the African Internet community for its continuous support of ICANN along with a great spirit of collaboration. Our work over the past five years has shown us that:
- While the African community's participation in ICANN has become much more active, it still needs further effective involvement in ICANN activities.
- Capacity building in Africa is a long-term initiative requiring dedicated resources, which in turn requires strategic partnerships to be built. Now might be the time for Africa to develop a formal engagement strategy with ICANN.
- Though governments now have a better understanding of ICANN, they may still expect ICANN org to respond to issues beyond its remit such as online content, privacy, new technologies like the Internet of things and artificial intelligence amongst others.
The following graphics provide an overview of ICANN's stakeholder engagement efforts in Africa since 2013:
These numbers give us hope that we are getting closer to realizing the Africa Strategy. They also indicate a necessity to build upon the efforts for engagement, to help transform the Africa Domain Name industry, and bring Africa up to speed with the global Internet ecosystem.
You can access our Africa Strategy Implementation report here [PDF, 1.41 MB].