The Kenya Internet Governance Forum (KIGF) is an annual meeting that brings together various stakeholder groups to dialogue on ICT and Internet policy. While the discussions give soft policy outcomes, the Kenya Internet Governance Forum is a knowledge-sharing platform that informs and inspires policy actors in both the public and private sectors. The national forum also feeds into the regional and global Internet Governance Fora through a chain of reporting and representation to the regional and global Internet Governance Fora to ensure a bottom-up Internet policy development processes and a strong link between global internet policies and the national one.
In 2008, Kenya with the support of the Geneva based Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum hosted the first ever national Internet Governance Forum in Africa the Kenya Internet Governance Forum. The first regional forum, the East African Internet Governance Forum that brought together East African regional actors took place at the same time under the theme, “thinking globally acting locally”.
A key outcome of the national and regional Internet Governance fora was the need for capacity building to enable the multi stakeholder community participate actively in public policy development processes locally and internationally.