Dear colleagues,

The past year has been a very busy one for our network, with

  • More active and effective participation of ACSIS members in debates on ICT, Internet governance and the digital economy in Africa
  • More and more memberships in the ACSIS network (individuals and organizations)
  • A better diversification of our activities with several poles such as Internet governance, WSIS, Electronic Commerce, E-waste, etc.
  • An increasingly structured presence of ACSIS at the national level
  • The organization of the first pan-African e-commerce mobile application competition (ACSIS ECMAA Awards) : http://www.acsis-scasi.org/programmes/e-commerce/ecmaa-edition-2018/

Today, thanks to our combined efforts, ACSIS is becoming the largest pan-African civil society ICT network with more than 500 NGOs in nearly 50 countries in Africa and the African Diaspora. Thanks to all of us, ACSIS is taking its place and is playing a full and useful role as a network of rooted and open skills, as an alerting role, as a force for contribution and as an idea box dedicated to Africa and to the defense of its interests. As member of AU ECOSOCC, IGF MAG, AfIGF MAG, ITU and UNCTAD, the members of our network assert themselves individually and collectively, in a way that is useful for the development of an inclusive, useful and responsible information society in accordance with the SDGs and the Agenda 2063 of the African Union.

Nevertheless, major challenges remain to be addressed, including

  • The emergence of an Africa that is more involved in digital technology than in consumerism
  • Massive access to the Internet by fighting against the obstacles that strangle us (cost, geographical fragmentation, energy, linguistic and cultural barriers)
  • The protection and security of our data at continental, regional, national and international levels
  • A better redistribution of digital dividends
  • A better response to the environmental, human and socio-economic challenges of the inevitable digital transformation of our continent

That is why we must redouble our efforts and demand from ourselves and from all the actors in the digital ecosystem more solidarity, more vigilance, more responsibility so that a digital society can emerge within our continent that is sustainable in all respects.

African Civil Society must therefore continue to play its full part in this pan-African dynamic set by the African Union by continuing to defend the continent’s interests, by raising awareness and training our populations, but also by encouraging innovative endogenous solutions. To overcome these challenges, we need:

  • A better structuring of ACSIS at the national level
  • More effective participation of ACSIS members in some countries

I know that I can count on each and every one of you to work towards this ideal. May the heavens help us in 2019! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For your dedication for Africa!

On behalf of ACSIS Executive board, Happy New Year to you and your families!

Long live ACSIS! 
God Bless Africa!
Cisse Kane, PhD, January 2019