CIPESA’s mission is to increase the capacity of East and Southern African stakeholders to participate in ICT policy-making. The aim is to promote the effective representation of African interests in policy-making processes, and to see that international policy decisions can effectively be translated into positive outcomes for Africa. Besides, CIPESA promotes policy-making that is inclusive and contributes ti poverty alleviation. To accomplish these objectives, CIPESA works to:
- Facilitate dialogue among stakeholder groups in the East and Southern Africa region;
- Collaborate with journalists, NGOs, government officials, development organisations, businesses, universities and others who share an interest in the field;
- Inform stakeholders by providing policy analysis and briefing materials on key issues;
- Stimulate discussion and debate;
- Organise and participate in workshops; and
- Widely disseminate publications.
CIPESA stakeholders fall into four major categories, namely the Media, Government, the private sector, and civil society. Since 2005, we have variously engaged and facilitated the media to write on our programmatic policy issues. To ensure the success of this activity, all CIPESA reports and briefings are disseminated to all enlisted journalists who are urged to quote the organisation in articles.
In working with government, CIPESA has identified key institutions and individuals who deal with international ICT policy making for special attention. These include ministries responsible for ICT, telecommunications regulatory bodies, legislators (particularly committees of parliament that deal with ICT), and other policy makers within governments. Several civil society organisations and the private sector have been key partners of CIPESA too.