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Africa

The Africa bureau works with chapters to cultivate expert communities throughout Africa, collaborate with regional policy makers, and build access for unserved and underserved communities.

You can read stories from our African Chapters here.

Regional focus

Infrastructure

Internet Exchange Points (IXPs)

IXPs are traffic exchanges that let networks interconnect directly instead of making the data travel long distances internationally. IXPs, help to keep traffic local or regional, lowering costs, and improve network resilience. Internet service providers (ISPs) and Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) typically exchange Internet traffic between their networks at IXPs.

Community Networks

Half of the world’s population is not yet connected to theInternet.  After more than 25 years of Internet development, traditional business models are slow to reach remote, rural, andunderserved areas. Community Networks provide alternative forms of access and break the one-way, monolithic access prerogative.

Policy

(policies around infrastructure security, avoiding Internet shutdowns, local content)

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Community Building & Development

(online trainings, events)

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Africa news

Deutsche Welle Spotlights Tanzania’s Kondoa Community Network
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Growing the Internet 20 December 2019

Deutsche Welle Spotlights Tanzania’s Kondoa Community Network

Nearly half of the world lacks Internet access. But in rural Africa, the number is much higher: 86% of...

Passion and Dedication at the 4th Summit on Community Networks in Africa
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Community Networks 29 November 2019

Passion and Dedication at the 4th Summit on Community Networks in Africa

The 4th Summit on Community Networks in Africa took place in Dodoma, Tanzania from 28 October to 2 November...

New Internet Exchange Point in Democratic Republic of Congo to bring faster and more reliable Internet access to region
Press Releases 6 November 2019

New Internet Exchange Point in Democratic Republic of Congo to bring faster and more reliable Internet access to region

The Internet Society and ISPA of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) launched a new Internet Exchange Point (IXP)...

Summit Seeks to Connect Communities in Africa to the Global Internet
Press Releases 30 October 2019

Summit Seeks to Connect Communities in Africa to the Global Internet

Dodoma, Tanzania–30 October, 2019 – The Internet Society and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in partnership with the...

AfPIF Day Three: A Record Number of Women
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Growing the Internet 22 August 2019

AfPIF Day Three: A Record Number of Women

It’s been a record-breaking year: 97 women attended AfPIF 2019, the highest ever, showing the fruits of diversity efforts...

AfPIF Day Two: International Traffic, the Economics of Peering, and a Look Ahead to 2030
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Growing the Internet 22 August 2019

AfPIF Day Two: International Traffic, the Economics of Peering, and a Look Ahead to 2030

In the last five years, Africa’s international traffic patterns have changed, with international and  intra regional traffic growing, according...

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Africa newsletter

Monthly highlights from ISOC Africa

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – January 2020
Newsletters 3 February 2020

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – January 2020

Africa Regional Bureau Newsletter for January 2020

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – November 2019
Newsletters 12 December 2019

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – November 2019

Africa Regional Bureau Newsletter for November 2019

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – October 2019
Newsletters 7 November 2019

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – October 2019

Africa Regional Bureau Newsletter for October 2019

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – September 2019
Newsletters 7 October 2019

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – September 2019

Africa Regional Bureau Newsletter for September 2019

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – August 2019
Newsletters 10 September 2019

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – August 2019

Africa Regional Bureau Newsletter for August 2019

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – July 2019
Newsletters 5 August 2019

Kilima: Highlights from ISOC Africa – July 2019

Africa Regional Bureau Newsletter for July 2019

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Africa team

Dawit Bekele

Regional Vice President - Africa

Michuki Mwangi

Senior Expert for African Region

Kevin G. Chege

Internet Development Manager - Africa

Betel Hailu

Communications Advisor

Marsema Tariku

Logistics and Events Manager, African Regional Bureau

Victor Ndonnang

Regional Community Engagement Manager, Africa

Our Members

With 20,469 members, Africa is the home to 31% of our global members. We have 34 Chapters with 11,611 Chapter members in the region.

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