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Open Call for Community Members to Join the New Africa Strategy Working Group

We would like to invite interested members of the ICANN community to join the new Africa Strategy Working Group. ICANN's Africa Strategy is the cornerstone of all engagement efforts in the region. Prepared by the regional ICANN community, it serves as a road map for ICANN's Global Stakeholder Engagement (GSE) Africa team. Participating in groups like these helps preserve and improve our multistakeholder model, promoting inclusiveness and equality of opportunity when shaping ICANN's regional engagement strategy.

Our current Africa Strategy concludes 30 June 2020 at the end of ICANN's fiscal year 2020. Its implementation began in early 2013, then it was reviewed in 2015 and 2018.

The key objectives of the current strategy have been twofold:

  • Promoting awareness and meaningful participation by Africa in ICANN and the wider Internet governance ecosystem in partnership with other I* and Af* organizations,
  • Helping transform the DNS and Internet industry in Africa by facilitating capacity development and cultivating an environment for strong regional domain name industry.

The current Africa Strategic Plan can be found here [PDF, 694 KB].

During the Africa Strategy session at ICANN66 in Montreal, we discussed the need to develop a new regional strategy and ensure alignment with ICANN's Strategic Plan for FY21-25 [PDF, 2.08 MB]. The community shared their initial suggestions and expectations for this process.

We also held a webinar on 18 December 2019, where we took the community through ICANN org's Strategic Plan for FY21-25, outlining the work that will be needed, as well as the priorities and next steps for the new working group. You can access the webinar recordings in French or English.

The new Africa Strategy will take effect from 1 July 2020.

If you are interested in joining the new Africa Strategy Working Group, please review the information about the position [PDF, 339 KB]. Apply by filling out the expression of interest [DOCX, 14.4 KB] and sending it to

This call for members remains open until 15 January 2020 at 23:59 UTC.


    Sahni Saxena  04:57 UTC on 10 January 2020

    I am Interested

    CHRISTOPHER MOMANYI  08:54 UTC on 15 January 2020

    I am intersted in participating in this working group

    Emmanuel Boahen Nketiah  03:47 UTC on 16 July 2020

    I am interested.

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."