WSIS FORUM 2016 : Summary/résumé

Résumé de la participation d’ACSIS au WSIS FORUM 2016


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Dear members of ACSIS, friends and actors of the African Civil Society for ICT and sustainable development.

Several years ago, in June 2003, on the occasion of the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Geneva, we launched the pan-African network Africa Civil Society for the Information Society (ACSIS) to promote Inclusive Information Society in Africa. It was a heroic and successful process, thanks to Africa valiant daughters and sons, who certainly will recognize themselves.

Since then, ACSIS was formally established and started working, despite challenges. To date, ACSIS has statutes and rules of procedure, as well as all legal instruments. ACSIS was recognized by the Government of Senegal in 2008. ACSIS is a member of ITU since 2010, the Digital Solidarity Fund in full (DSF), and we are continuing to be accredited by other international bodies.

Through its members, ACSIS actively participates in all international dialogues on ICT and Development in Africa and the world. Among them IGF, AfIGF, WSIS Forum, DSF, ITU, ICANN and IANA Transition, AFRALO, etc. With varying degrees of success, national and regional coordinators and individual members of ACSIS also provided assistance through the creation of national and regional IGF, workshops, training and awareness on ICT issues.

These achievements have not been possible without the invaluable support of the peoples and governments of Mali, Senegal, Tunisia, South Africa and partner institutions such as the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the African Union, the International Organization of the Francophonie, the International Telecommunication Union, etc.

Past the period of setting up ACSIS structures, we must move forward with the mandate of the organization.

That is my call to you. So that together, we tackle the challenges faced in realizing an open and inclusive information society in Africa. For this, we must redouble our efforts and vigilance. Despite some advances, digital inclusion remains a pipe dream for most Africans:

  • Costs of internet and telecommunications in general are beyond the reach of many because of low household incomes, and prohibitive prices levied by service providers.
  • Internet penetration rates remain relatively low (around 20% on average) compared to the rest of the world.
  • We still regularly browse the Internet using languages that are not ours.
  • Illiteracy limits access to digital inclusion and excludes non-literate people
  • We are lacking local and relevant contents.
  • We are often reduced to being mere users without much grip on the processes.
  • Mobile phones alone cannot bridge the real deficit of access to knowledge.
  • Africa does not get most of the benefits of the ICT sector: Most ICT companies operating in Africa are the most successful in the continent, but are in the hands of foreign multinationals.
  • The Digital Economy in Africa is nothing else but a cash cow.
  • The challenges of electrical and electronic waste remains whole in our continent
  • Cybercrime and its multifaceted manifestations are still a challenge in the continent.
  • The risk of ‘gadgetisation-peoplisation’ (particularly through social networks) diverts us from real and critical issues like seeking knowledge, skills, creativity and jobs.
  • There are no adequate policies in place to steer the ICT sector, and even where policies are available, implementation and governance is still a challenge.
  • Information and data about us (including our mostintimate conversations, 90% of emails and website servers), strategicdata from our countries (includingthe most sensitive)are recorded and storedin giganticserverscontrolled(and owned) by private companies outside of Africa
  • Etc.

It’s all these challenges and more, we have to face together, if we want ICTs to be a real vector for development. We must also be vigilant actors and not just users: We must be useful ICT promoters. For us to turn these challenges into opportunities to generate value-added innovation through concerted advocacy and training for quality human resources.

You will discover this website is yours. It is a concrete contribution of the African Civil Society on ICT to the emergence of a connected Africa, responsible for its own development.

We hope to count on the commitment of all of you, with the help of our partners to make it a tool for people and governments in Africa in line with the overall sustainable development goals.

Sign up, share ideas, sensitize, get trained, inform about your events and weigh on the destiny of our continent through this platform.


Long live Africa!


For useful, sustainable, caring and responsible ICT!



Cissé Kane






A bit of History…

The African civil society contribution to the WSIS process dates back to before the official launching of the WSIS.

In 2000, during the Bamako meeting titled “The passerelles du developpement” African civil society started its mobilization process to be ready in number for the WSIS process. This explains why, in May 2002, again in Bamako, during the first regional meeting dedicated to WSIS, African civil society was present in large numbers.

A major achievement in the Bamako meeting was the setting up of an inclusive African coordinating body dedicated to mobilization, sensitizing and awareness arising amongst African stakeholders. This body, called the African Group, innovated in many ways. For the first time, African Ministers officially set up a multi-partnership body composed of 5 government representatives, 3 members of the civil society and 2 from the private sector. This coordinating mechanism has been working since then and has achieved great results in inputting African priorities and agenda in the two documents adopted at the Geneva WSI Summit in December 2003.

Since then, African civil society has participated in all of the encounters related to WSIS. Initially small numbers of African people were involved. Participant umbers increased to the point where we were able to bring more than 40 participants to the Geneva Summit.

African civil society, in partnership with UNECA (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa), Francophonie, and many other agencies have organized online discussion and workshops on the various themes discussed at the WSIS. There has been success in placing considerations such as development on WSIS agenda.

The way forward

The African civil society action goes far beyond the WSIS. This is the reason why, after months of reflection, the representatives and delegates of the African civil society organisations, participating in the WSIS process since the beginning, felt the need to better organize themselves, in a light, smooth running and efficient coordinating mechanism.

The formation of a co-ordination mechanism became a prerequisite at this critical phase of the overall WSIS process, dedicated to action. After months of online discussion, the representatives and Delegates that met during the First Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, in Geneva, Switzerland, in December 2003, held an election to constitute ACSIS (African Civil Society for the Information Society), a Non Governmental Organisation with a non-profit aim.  The action domain for ACSIS is the use of Information and Communication Technology for African Development. The official launch of ACSIS took place in Tunis in April 2004, thanks to the kind invitation of Tunisian civil society, the financial and technical expertise of ECA and the facilitation of the Tunisian Government. This came as the realisation of a long-time dream of African civil society entities, which emerged in the general civil society online forum of the African Information Society Initiative.


To better pursue its development goal, and in accordance with the objectives of the WSIS Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action, African Civil society, based on discussions carried on in its virtual plenary before, during and after the first phase of the WSIS, has moved ahead to an enabling phase in the continent’s Information Society Initiative (AISI).





 The chief tasks of ACSIS include, among others:


  • Develop and add value to existing ICT policies, strategies and initiatives;
  • Advise on ICT policies and strategies that advance the social, economic and political development of Africa and African communities;
  • Co-ordinate and support African CS input/participation into a range of national, regional, continental and international ICT policies and programmes;
  • Ensure African CS representation (as appropriate) on a range of ICT related commissions or bodies


  • Draft text, conduct research and collate information including drafting an African CS position document;
  • Provide information in an accessible format (including research/analyses) on ICT policies, strategies, initiatives and best practice;
  • Promote and disseminate information on the use of a range of ICT for the promotion of human development, to a range of stakeholders;


  • Participate, as appropriate, in conferences, seminars and other activities related to ICT in order to advocate on behalf of and inform African CS and other partner stakeholders;
  • Policy formulation and development


  • Develop human capacities and promote action-oriented dialogue in partnership with grassroots organisations, national, regional, continental and international institutions


  • Establish contact and partnerships with a range of stakeholders to enable the African CS to have input into policy formulation and implementation;
  • Facilitate networking to enable the sharing of information, expertise and best practices.



 ACSIS intends to act as an umbrella structure through which African CS can influence policy and ensure that strategies and programmes enable the promotion of development: Poverty alleviation, use of appropriate ICT for balanced development, participation of communities/civil society in policy and strategy development & implementation of initiatives. It will:

PROMOTE the views and interests of African CS to ensure that new and traditional ICT can be utilised for promotion of sustainable development and the formation of an Information Society based on social justice and human development;

ADVOCATE & LOBBY for the development of comprehensive and inclusive ICT strategies to address the digital divide;

INFORM CS generally on national, regional, continental and international deliberations regarding ICT for development policies, strategies and initiatives for the promotion of balanced development;

ADVISE national, regional, continental and international institutions on the needs and interests of African CS;

BUILD CAPACITY: develop capacities and promote action-oriented dialogue on our key aims;

NETWORK and PARTNER with grassroots organisations, national, regional, continental and international institutions to develop and add value to existing policies and initiatives aimed at promoting ICT





Ardent promoter and advocate of Pan-Africanism, Adé BADA is a keen believer of ICT and everything that relates to information. He gained expertise on issues related to ICT through solid training and experience, from design, development, implementation of computer networks and from  the training of users of all levels. He had the opportunity to rub shoulders with other IT professionals on the continent and develop master plans of several institutions before turning to the right and get a master’s degree. The transverse side of the computer allowed him to focus on logistics in humanitarian and acquire a solid experience of more than ten years there before making a master’s in project management. Currently coordinator of the ACSIS West Africa he exercises his talents in  banking while continuing IT and legal consultations. He is also Secretary fgi Benin. Your humble servant, has a great capacity for adaptation and integration in addition to several years of satisfying experience.



Cisse Kane, from Senegal, ACSIS Chair and Focal point to ITU-D, is an international consultant on development issues. He holds a PhD in geography (Geneva and Utrecht Universities), a bachelor in arts (Arabic) and a master degree in information systems. He has more than 15 years’ experience on Information and Communication Technologies development issues, including project and program management in developing countries (ICT and decentralization, digital education, e-waste management, etc.), advocacy, financing ICT for development, international negotiation’s, at UNITAR, the Digital Solidarity Fund, etc. and as Civil Society member. Cisse is the author of various publications on urban geography, transportation, ICT, Art issues.

Since the early stages, Cisse has been involved in the World Summit on the Information Society process as founding member of various ICT NGO’s, African Diaspora ICT NGO’s Secretary General (DAPSI) in Geneva and ACSIS the Panafrican network on ICT4SD.



Coura Fall as broad experience and has worked with several IT companies in Africa including. She has been active in the creation of regional and international IT development associations. Coura Fall has been an advisory member in the Multistakeholder Advisory Group that advises the Secretary General of the U.N. on Internet governance issues. She represented the African Civil Society on Information Society.

Ms. Fall has also held a position and led a variety of projects with the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) as the Africa ICT policy Advocacy Coordinator. During that time, she developed research and information dissemination strategies, continued to implement and utilize emerging IT solutions, focused discussions on the ICT problems and issues in Africa, and coordinated with other International IT and Internet governance and policy bodies. She is connected with most African institutions during the past years like African Telecommunications Union, regional regulatory associations, such as WATRA and CRASA, the African Commission of Human and People’s Rights, the African Union etc.) and was panelist on global. She is focus and involved on e-governance or Open Government and open data development in order to educate Citizens, Governments, Civil Society, and Private sector on the importance of how it can improve their lives and create new ecosystems.

Ms. Fall was also the associated of Computer Frontiers Senegal, a call center that provides IT solutions, staff and outsourcing consultancy services. The company does handling the U.S. visa processing in eight countries.

She is also Founder and Board member, and Treasurer of the American Chamber of Commerce in Senegal.


She had study computer Science in France and she is certified as a Senior Management Expert at Institut Supérieur de Management in Dakar.



Michel TCHONANG LINZE, CAPDA General coordinnator (Consortium d’Appui aux Actions pour la Promotion et le Développement de l’Afrique). He is an engineer, Expert consultant on ICT for development issues. He has developed special tools to strengthen African expertise in ICT expansion within unconnected communities. He participated in various pilot projects and international fora including (WSIS, IGF, Euro-ICT), He is ACSIS coordinator for Central Africa and Vice-Chair of working group N°2 on IPV4, IPV6 (ITU forum on telecommunications Policy 2013)

As an expert on Internet governance, he organizes regular foras on the topic, including Central Africa IGF in 2012 (Cameroun) and 2015 (Equatorial Guinea).

He is the author of various articles on ICT and participated in research and studies on ICT ownership and the implementation of adapted ICT solutions in developing countries. In February 2015, he produced an important document entitled



Engineer, diploma holder in Telecommunication and Computer Science, Boubacar 55 BARRY has over 9 years of experience in public administration and 28 years in the private sector, civil society on Information and Communication Technologies’ (ICT).

With this experience, Boubacar is ENTIS founder and Executive Secretary (Education New Technologies of Information without Borders); Development NGOs for the popularization and promotion of ICT services, licensed by the Government of the Republic of Guinea and accredited to the Executive Secretariat of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). In this capacity, he participated since 2000 in the WSIS process both in Africa and internationally as a founding member and regional coordinator in West Africa and the Diaspora of the Pan African Organization ACSIS (African Civil Society for Information Society).

In Guinea, Mr BARRY is the focal point of civil society in all national programs; including the draft e-Governance (eGov), Internet Governance, the Strategy for the repatriation, management automation and administration of ccTLDs domain “names .gn” the WARCIP project (West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Program), the Internet Exchange Point (IXP).

In the private sector, Boubacar was Wang Lab and Apple representative and authorized dealer. Founder and Manager of BBS (Apple authorized dealer, distributor Packard Bell) and representative of Unifi Telecom (for call termination with the incumbent Sotelgui).

He is General Manager of Electronic Banking Company of Guinea (National Switch), President of PROTIC and member of the CPEG.

Mr. Barry is the author in 2001 of “The ICT for growth and reducing poverty in Guinea.”

In 2009 in Ottawa, he designed Samanic in Canada (New Immigrants Insurance System for Sickness and Accident). A project supported by Pierre Poilievre, MP for Nepean-Carlton MP and Federal Parliament in Ottawa.



Kivuva holds a Master’s Degree in Distributed Computing Technology specializing in computer forensics and cyber security from the University Of Nairobi, Kenya. He has extensive knowledge in ICT policy work and advocacy. He was a Google fellow researching on Cyber Laws in Kenya, and a Senior ICT officer at the University of Nairobi. Part of his project as an IETF fellow was to transition the University of Nairobi from IPv4 to IPv6; an achievement featured in the IETF journal. He has served twice as an Internet Society Ambassador to the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Bali-Indonesia and Joao Pessoa – Brazil

His quest for better ICT policies in the region has seen him volunteer to serve in mobilizing and organizing local and regional Internet related initiatives. Since 2013, he has been central in mobilizing people and resources for the very successful Kenya IGFs. His role has been developing the IGF program, identifying panelists for the physical meetings, inviting guests for the event, and fundraising to cater for cost of the meeting. He has also been the rapporteur of the forum for year 2013, 2014, and 2015, and in the 2014 and 2015 IGF, he was the co-convener.

Kivuva is member of Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANET), a respected advocacy group that champions better ICT policy in Kenya and the Region. He has been the Secretary General of Internet Society Kenya chapter where he was instrumental in recruiting and doubling the Chapter membership. He has worked with corporate sector donors and gained excellent experience with managing and engaging multi-stakeholder networks.

As part of his volunteer activities in the community, he was selected as the AFRINIC representative to the Consolidated IANA stewardship Transition Coordination Team (CRISP). The CRISP produced a proposal on how the numbering community proposed to transition the stewardship of the IANA function from the US NTIA to the global multi-stakeholder community.




Kenneth Thlaka is a development practitioner with considerable experience of more than 18 years in the NGO sector. Thlaka’s journey started from a community youth movement where he became an activist. He worked as executive director for two youth development organizations and as a board member in several NGOs. He also got an opportunity to develop and facilitate development programs in Belgium, United Kingdom, Sweden, Swaziland, Mozambique, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritius, Seychelles and Tanzania. He is currently serving as the chairperson of the Alliance for Youth NGOs in South Africa. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Public and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand and the Advanced Certificate in Organizational Development from the University of South Africa. He is currently studying towards a Master’s Degree in Public and Development Management at the University of the Witwatersrand.  He joined SANGONeT in July 2013 as its executive director.




Tijani Ben Jemaa is a telecommunication engineer. He used to be station manager in the TV broadcasting station in Sfax (Tunisia). He then went on secondment to ARABSAT, a pan-Arab organization of satellite communication where he served as control engineer. At the end of the secondment, He returned to his previous Enterprise where he served as commercial Director for 6 years.

He was appointed in 2007 Executive Director of the Mediterranean Federation of Internet Associations.

Tijani used to be an active participant in the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) from the first Procom of the Geneva phase till the closure of the second phase as a Civil Society activist.

He was a member of the WSIS Civil Society Bureau representing the “Science and Technology” Family.

He participated in some meetings of the WSIS Action lines’ facilitation.

He also participated in 6 of the 9 editions of the Internet Governance Forum (Athens, Sharm El Sheikh, Vilnius, Nairobi, Baku and Bali).

He was speaker in a workshop in Sharm El Sheikh, and organized workshops in Vilnius, Baku and Bali.

He was one of the founders of the Tunisian and North African IGF.

He served on the first MAG of the Arab IGF.

He is an active participant in the African IGF. He was an organizing committee member of the African IGF 2014 in Abuja (Nigeria) and 2015 in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia). He is member of the African Civil Society for the Information Society (ACSIS) since its inception and member of its cabinet as coordinator of the North African sub-region since 2009.

His first ICANN meeting was in Paris (June 2008). In March 2009, he became member of the African Regional At-Large Organization (AFRALO). After the 2009 AGM, he was elected Vice Chair of AFRALO and then became member of ALAC and its Executive Committee starting December 2010. He was selected as ALAC Vice Chair since 2013.

Tijani is a Tunisian national and lives in Tunis (Tunisia).


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