The Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFAfrica) is an annual gathering of stakeholders from the internet governance
and online rights arenas in Africa and beyond. Inaugurated in 2014, the Forum is a platform for stakeholders to deliberate
on gaps, concerns and opportunities for advancing privacy, access to information, free expression, non-discrimination and
the free flow of information online. Key to the event is the engagement on strategies to push back against surveillance,
censorship, shutdowns and inequality in access and use of the internet.
Interactions at FIFAfrica include many different opinions and experiences hence it is essential to uphold respect and ensure
comfortable participation for all attendees, staff and support personnel. Accordingly, harassment and disruption of any
kind is not tolerated. We will take action in response to harassment related, but not limited, to national origin, gender,
gender identity and expression, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical characteristics, disability, religion, and age.
This code of conduct applies to Forum events and all Forum-related social events such as parties, gatherings at restaurants,
bars and hotels. It also covers the conduct of participants on online platforms during the Forum. The Code of conduct is
aimed at building a community that is free from intimidation, discrimination, or hostility by upholding dignity, decency,
and respect among participants.
Participation at FIFAfrica and all related events and online platforms implies agreement to this code of conduct. All
attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at the Forum are required to adhere to this code of conduct. Failure to
respect the code of conduct could result in expulsion from the event, law enforcement intervention and/or legal action in
some circumstances. Further, the FIFAfrica organising team reserves the right to sanction offending individuals from
attendance of all future Forums.
FIFAfrica is an international, multidisciplinary forum with complex and contested topics. The Forum draws participants
that speak multiple languages and use terms from various fields of study. While English (French and Swahili in remote
hubs) will often be the medium of communication, differences in dialect, accent, and pronunciation will be common.
Multilingualism will be encouraged at the Forum.
We encourage all participants to approach the Forum with open and positive attitudes, and to engage constructively and
exercise empathy at all times. The following are the proposed communication guidelines:
Words and actions that constitute unacceptable behaviour may occur online or in person. Examples of unacceptable
behaviours include but are not limited to:
Should a participant feel harassed, notice the harassment of another participant or have suspicions or concerns around
the same, they can reach out to organisers in confidence through the following means:
All reports will be treated with utmost confidentiality. Participants will not be requested to take action that may
compromise their safety. Where necessary, the FIFAfrica organising team will swiftly engage venue security or local law
enforcement, or otherwise assist in maintaining order and guarantee safety of the participants for the duration of the
The following individuals form the FIFAfrica 2022 edition Code of Conduct Incident Response Committee:
Should any of the response team members be directly or indirectly involved in an incident of misconduct, they will
immediately be withdrawn from the team handling the report/query.
In recognising the need for the promotion and protection of rights to privacy and freedom of expression of participants,
the following rules must be adhered to: