Submitted Proposals


Organization: DiploFoundation
Title :
62. Best Practice Forum - Internet Governance Capacity Building
Provide a concise formulation for the proposed workshop theme including its importance and relevance to the IGF.

The workshop will present the outputs of the 2008 round of online Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP) by DiploFoundation (www.diplomacy.edu/ig).

The workshop aims at exploring the possibilities for extending the outreach (geographically, thematically and per target groups) of such successful training methodology and enlarging the pool of partners involved.

The main contributors will not be the IG experts but the emerging leaders instead - the professionals that are getting involved with the IG field on a local or global level. The emphasis would be put on the developing countries and their challenges, opportunities and needs for such trainings.

The workshop will share the novel methodology approaches, lessons learned and obstacles faced throughout the past four years of this online training programme, in order to exchange success stories with other organisations and search for establishing even wider partnerships in Capacity Building for organising the 2009 round of the programme and possibly other interesting and valuable activities.

The success of the Programme in previous years also gives rise to the other initiatives based on the same training methodology, such as focused short online courses, targeted online research or in-situ training tailored for the needs of the specific target groups. Debating different needs for such an approach would be beneficial both for DiploFoundation and many actors involved in the IG process - especially those coming from the developing countries.

In 2008 training programme, 135 participants were selected from 65 countries worldwide, representing variety of stakeholders and with excellent geographical and age diversity.

The participants were firstly divided into 9 regional online groups; in response to requests made by previous years’ participants, we have also put together four bilingual groups: Arabic/English, French/English, Portuguese/English and Spanish/English.

In the advanced phase the participants were re-grouped according to the topic of their interest. This phase brought a focus on the six topics of high importance: e-Commerce, e-Voting, Infrastructure and Connection Costs, Intellectual Property Rights, Privacy, and Security.

The research phase (autumn 2008) will further equip the participants with online research skills and will lead them towards producing a research on their topic of interest, with introducing local content and aspects of local concerns as well.

The best participants will be offered a fellowship to participate at the IGF meeting in Hyderabad, thereby getting involved with the IG process directly.

Provide the names and affiliations of the panellists you are planning to invite. Describe the main actors in the field and whether you have you approached them about their willingness to participate in proposed workshop.
  • Vladimir Radunovic, Coordinator of the IGCB Programme, DiploFoundation
  • Dr. Nikhil Agarwal, Group Tutor, Zensar Center for Business Innovation, India
  • Robert Guerra, Programme Expert (Security), Privaterra
  • Students from 2008 Programme (names will be known after the completion of the programme and nominations for the fellowships for attending the IGF meeting)
  • Partners (ITU, IGF Secretariat, LACNIC, MERLOT Africa Network, GigaNet; names to be confirmed)
Provide the name of the organizer(s) of the workshop and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups. Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

The open forum will be hosted by DiploFoundation.

Due to a diversity of stakeholders represented by the participants of the Programme - who will be the main contributors of the session - multistakeholder feature of the session will be secured (governments, business sector, civil society, media, academia, international organisations, religious organisations, etc.).

The contact person is:

Vladimir Radunovic, DiploFoundation, [email protected]

Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

As stated above, the main contributors of the session will be the emerging leaders from the developing countries, thereby bringing a diversity of geographical, professional and stakeholder backgrounds but also a much-needed fresh breeze of ideas and viewpoints on the most important debates around IG.

 

(The examples of the profile of such emerging IG leaders is available at http://www.diplomacy.edu/ig/Leaders/ or for PDF download at http://www.diplomacy.edu/links/emerging_leaders)

 

The needs of developing communities for the capacity building trainings in IG will be discussed by the concerned professionals directly, and the opportunities for implementing such and similar trainings for raising the involvement of the Global South within the IG process.

Please explain how the workshop will address issues relating to Internet governance and describe how the workshop conforms with the Tunis Agenda in terms of substance and the mandate of the IGF.

"Adequate resources have not been available to build capacity in a range of areas relevant to Internet management at the national level and to ensure effective participation in global Internet governance, particularly for developing countries." (WGIG Report, 2005)

List similar events you and/or any other IGF workshops you have organized in the past.

Throughout the WSIS process and IGF follow-up meetings, DiploFoundation has been presenting its training achievements and discussing the ways forward with interested partners worldwide. Similar sessions on IGCBP training and methodology organised at WSIS Tunis, IGF Athens and IGF Rio de Janeiro have resulted with great partnership and many new joint training activities implemented in collaboration with other organisations. Moreover, several similar follow-up trainings based on the IGCBP training methodology were organised solely by our partners worldwide - from Latin America and South-East Europe to Central Africa and South-East Asia and Pacific.

Were you part of organizing a workshop last year? Which one? Did you submit a workshop report?

DiploFoundation was the organizer of the Best Practice Forum session on “IG Capacity Building Programme: A Model for Regional Training”, and has submitted the report.

DiploFoundation was also a co-organizer of the “ICT and Security Challenges - A selection of Case studies” Best Practice Forum session organized by Privaterra, which has submitted the report for the session.