Paradigm Initiative, in partnership with Internews, will organize two capacity building workshops for civil society organizations working on human rights and digital rights in the anglophone and francophone regions of Cameroon. The workshop will hold from May 2 to 5, 2018
The main objectives of these workshops for the first phase are to raise the awareness of participating organizations about Internet rights and Internet policy issues; provide participants with advocacy skills to engage key stakeholders in all sectors; to mobilize their commitment to promote and defend digital rights in Cameroon.
These workshops are organized by Paradigm Initiative in partnership with Internews, an international NGO based in the United States. This training also benefits from the support of Afroleadership and the Center for Youth Education and Economic Development (CYEED), local partners of the event.
Following on from those organized in other African countries, this training is in line with Paradigm Initiative’s commitment to building the capacity of African organizations on digital rights issues to enable them to effectively advocate for freedom of expression and other human rights challenges on the continent.
According to the African Union’s Declaration on the Rights and Freedoms of the Internet, and the Declaration on Internet Governance, most African countries lack significant mechanisms to encourage inclusive citizen and stakeholder participation in the process of implementing Internet policies and digital rights.
These training workshops are organized to deepen the knowledge of participants from the North West, West and Central regions of Cameroon. A total of about 30 participants will be equipped on digital rights topics with participatory strategies to engage stakeholders at the local, national, regional and international levels.
Paradigm Initiative is a social enterprise that builds an ICT-enabled support system and advocates digital rights in order to improve livelihoods for under-served youth. Our programs include digital inclusion programs – such as the Life Skills. ICT. Financial Readiness. Entrepreneurship (LIFE) training program and Techtiary program – and a digital rights program. Through our offices in Nigeria (Aba, Abuja, Ajegunle, Kano, Yaba) and Yaounde Cameroon, we work to connect under-served youth with improved livelihoods through our digital inclusion and digital rights programs.. Paradigm Initiative works with experts across Eastern, Western, Southern and Central Africa. Paradigm Initiative has been working for nearly 10 years on digital rights in Africa with the support of local, national and international partners.
Internews is a non-profit, international organization, established in 1982, with offices in California, Washington DC, and London, as well as regional centers in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, Latin America and North America. For nearly 40 years, Internews has worked in more than 100 countries with local partners to build hundreds of sustainable organizations, build the capacity of thousands of media professionals, human rights activists and information entrepreneurs as well as improving lives and building sustainable development.