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UNESCO, African ICT Foundation to explore ROAM-X @West-Africa Internet Governance Forum 2022 - ITREALMS

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The duo of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the African ICT Foundation would next month co-host a joint session at the forthcoming West-Africa Internet Governance Forum 2022, reports 
African ICT foundation President, Mr Tony Ojobo and the Director for Partnership and Operational Programme Monitoring, UNESCO, Marielza Oliveira
This session on knowledge sharing, ITREALMS gathered would explore the UNESCO ROAM-X framework for understanding and improving digital governance.

Also, UNESCO, 
ITREALMS gathered is a specialised agency of the United Nations aimed at promoting world peace and security through international cooperation in education, arts, sciences, and culture, whereas its ROAM-X framework consists of a set of 303 indicators including 109 core ones that designed to assess how well national stakeholders, including governments, companies and civil society perform in adhering to the ROAM principles anchored on the Rights, Openness, Accessibility and Multi-stakeholder participation, as well as 79 cross-cutting indicators concerning gender equality, youth, ethical dimensions, and sustainable development. 

A press statement by the Director of Communications, African ICT Foundation, Mr Isaiah Erhiawarien made available to 
ITREALMS, informed that the West-Africa Internet Governance Forum 2022, slated for Accra, Ghana, May 26, 2022, offers both the foundation and UNESCO an opportunity to jointly highlight how an evidence-based policy making process can trigger critical policy discussions to shape Internet governance and digital transformation for sustainable development in the region.

“This knowledge-sharing session, organised jointly with UNESCO and the African ICT Foundation, aims to showcase key outcomes and share good practice from the methodology and overall process of the Internet Universality ROAM-X Indicators’ implementation from national leading experts in Africa”, the statement said.

According to the statement, the hybrid forum which is open for participation at will help to foster digital collaboration at regional level by pinpointing gaps and making actionable recommendations to improve digital governance policies and offer opportunities to exchange the good practice and lessons learned in the implementation process of the national assessments.

ITREALMS confirmed that the foundation President, Mr Tony Ojobo and the Director for Partnership and Operational Programme Monitoring, UNESCO, Marielza Oliveira, will both deliver the addresses at the forum meant to encourage more countries and stakeholders to conduct voluntary assessment of ROAM-X.  

ITREALMS gathered that currently over 40+ countries across five continents, including Benin, Senegal, Kenya, Ghana, Niger, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Cabo Verde, Burkina Faso, Namibia, Tanzania, Gambia, Cameroon, Burundi, Gabon, Congo RC and Congo RDC in Africa are exploring the ROAM-X assessment, which tends to fill a standard-setting void at the global, national, and regional levels and proves a holistic research tool to unite all Internet stakeholders in all countries.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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