The 3rd AfricTivistes summit which was expected to take place in Nairobi, Kenya at the end of October 2021 will finally be held in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire from 11th to 13th November due to stricter Covid-19-related restrictions.
Kenya, which was to host the 3rd AfricTivistes summit, has been experiencing a wave of contamination. And to stop the spread of the disease, the Kenyan authorities have tightened restrictions, including a ban on public gatherings since July, making it difficult to prepare for the effective organisation of the event in Nairobi in October.
Considering this situation, AfricTivistes has decided to change the venue and finally hold the event in Abidjan. However, Nairobi will host the next summit in 2023.
The theme of the third AfricTivistes summit, #Abidjan2021, is "Promoting development and democratic governance of the Internet in Africa".
In this context of a pandemic, the event will be in a hybrid format with a limited number of participants travelling to Abidjan. Other AfricTivistes from all over the continent and the diaspora will contribute to the discussions and the debates thanks to the live streaming of the summit.
Thus, #Abidjan2021 will last three days and will bring together 50 web activists, changemakers, members of social movements, researchers and innovators, partners, bloggers, journalists and netizens of the continent around topics such as:
- Digital skills and online communities;
- Governments: bottlenecks to Internet development in Africa?
- Disruptions to civic engagement due to lack of internet access;
- Internet governance in Africa: what role can civil society play?;
- Harnessing the power of organised civil society networks to promote democracy in Africa.
This summit is organised every two years to discuss the challenges of the continent in relation to democracy and good governance as well as the place and impact of digital technology in democratic processes, governance and citizen awareness.
The Covid-19 pandemic has repeatedly disrupted the holding of this third edition. First, it was scheduled for June 2020 in Nairobi before being postponed to 2021. This time around, both the date and the venue have been changed to adapt to the realities of this new world.