About Us

“We Are training Internet Governance fellows and Ambassadors in Africa”

The Cyber Czar's initiative, the Pan-African Youth Ambassador for Internet Governance (PAYAIG), aims to empower 1000 African voices to shape the future of global internet governance and cultivate Africa's internet governance ecosystem. This will ultimately contribute to fostering an open, inclusive, and secure internet for all across the continent, aligning with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Agenda 2063.

This initiative is a response to one of the recommendations made during the 17th IGF stocktaking, which urged for “direct training and sensitization sessions on IGF themes and mechanisms, with a particular focus on youth, newcomers, and journalists” . Moreover, this is in line with Policy and Regulation Initiative for Digital Africa (PRIDA)'s objectives to strengthen national, regional, and continental internet governance initiatives aimed at enhancing Africa's active engagement in the global internet governance discourse . PAYAIG is designed to run annually, aligning with the thematic areas of the African and Global IGF.

To promote multi-stakeholder-ism, inclusivity and cultural and linguistic diversity, the initiative will be conducted in five languages: Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, and Swahili.

Our Objectives

To promote multi-stakeholder-ism, inclusivity and cultural and linguistic diversity.


Encouraging African youth, including women, to participate in the African and Global Internet Governance (IGF) process.


Promoting National and Regional IGF initiatives (NRIs)


Encouraging meaningful engagement and participation by youth in regional and national initiatives that contribute to Africa's digital transformation agenda.


Empowering young Africans to take an active role in shaping the Global Digital Compact (GDC).