Youth African IGF

Event Calendar Date
Monday, 18th July, 2022 (08:00 UTC) - Monday, 18th July, 2022 (16:00 UTC)
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The Youth African IGF is hosted on 18 July 2022 in Lilongwe, Malawi. As part of this meeting, the second capacity development workshop of the IGF Youth Track is hosted (10-11 UTC), details below. 
More information about the African Youth IGF is available here


The second capacity development workshop hosted at the Youth African IGF

18 July 2022 | 10:00-11:00 UTC
Malawi, Lilongwe and online

Digital Transformation for Better Future for All - are we all given the same start chance?
Connectivity as a prerequisite to digital transformation



We are living in a time when each and every aspect of our lives is going through digital transformation, from education and work to communication and entertainment. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted ‎the power and importance of digital technologies. While the physical distancing measures associated with ‎the pandemic have closed schools across the world, disrupted people’s ability to work and forced families ‎and friends to stay apart, the Internet has enabled many to continue their education and jobs and ‎maintain social interaction.‎
However, the increase in the use of online technologies prompted by COVID-19 has exacerbated many ‎digital policy-related issues and has starkly illustrated the widening gap between the connected and ‎unconnected. For example, it has highlighted the importance of issues related to online security and ‎safety, data protection and utilisation, as well as freedoms and rights on the Internet. Even before the ‎pandemic, there was broad recognition of the need to conquer the digital divide, particularly the gender ‎digital divide, as well as online segregation and discrimination of various marginalised groups. These ‎problems have been around ever since the Internet entered our lives, just over 50 years ago, and the ‎complexity and global nature of the issues require the involvement of multiple generations. The ‎youth of today will be tomorrow’s Internet leaders and experts. The sooner we start developing the capacity of today’s youth, the sooner we can start to make progress, across the generations, and create an Internet that benefits all. ‎

About this session
Building on the demand from young people, as well as on the outputs of the last year’s Global Youth Summit and related youth engagement opportunities, the IGF 2022 aims at creating a set of activities to connect youth from around the world among themselves, and also create opportunities for them to network with senior stakeholders, experts in Internet governance. As digital transformation was among the topics of interest to youth, the capacity development activities will also tackle specific issues nested under this broad theme.
As a follow-up to the first capacity development workshop organized at EuroDIG in which digital transformation was unpacked, this workshop will outline the implications connectivity and access have as a prerequisite for digital transformation.


  • 10:00 UTC - Opening and launching a poll
  • 10:10 UTC - High-level overview on the topic: Connectivity and access as a prerequisite of digital transformation
  • 10:20 UTC - Open discussion
  • 10:45 UTC - Summary of key action points 
  • 11:00 UTC - Closing