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No. 212 Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Global South

Mwendwa Kivuva


1. Primary Contact Information

Mr. Mwendwa Kivuva

Organizational Affiliation: Africa Network Information Center (AFRINIC)

2. Secondary Contact Information

Mr. Vymala Thuron

Organizational Affiliation: Africa Network Information Center

3. Workshop Format. Please click here for a description of available Workshop Session Formats.

Break-out group discussions

4. Panel format background paper

No background paper provided

5. Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

6. Title

Promoting Innovation & Entrepreneurship in the Global South

7. Description of workshop

The Internet and related information and communication technologies have the potential to play a pivotal role in helping achieving more inclusive innovation and development. The Internet economy can contribute towards inclusiveness in various ways: for example, it can help entrepreneurs and small businesses engage in innovations by facilitating access to information at lower cost, by providing a platform for new businesses opportunities, and by access to new markets.

This workshop looks at challenges faced by innovators and entrepreneurs in the developing countries. The challenges may be access to capital, capacity building, and scaling up projects. How can these challenges be bridged? The workshop will also seek to identify the opportunities available to the entrepreneurs.

The session will start by an overview from Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific, and Africa on what they have been doing to promote innovation and entrepreneurship within the regions.

Innovation including in the area of the Internet economy and entrepreneurship plays a central role in development. The workshop will also seek to find ways to ensure that internet innovation is inclusive, giving equal opportunities to all regions in the global south. The aim is to find solutions to realise the UN Sustainable Development goals by bridging the inequality gap, reduce poverty, and improve the living standards in developing countries.

The deliverable of the workshop will seek to find solutions that link to the Sustainable development goals of ending poverty in all it’s form everywhere, and also promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work.

8. Tags

Tag1: Internet & ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals

Tag2: Access and Diversity

Tag3: Inclusiveness

9. Name, stakeholder group, and organizational affiliation of workshop proposal co-organizer(s)

Mwendwa Kivuva, Technical Community, AFRINIC
Sylvia Cadena, Technical Community, APNIC
Carolina Caeiro, Technical Community, LACNIC

10. Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report


11. Description of the plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The workshop will be modelled as a breakout session. The Speakers will each have 5 minutes to introduce their introductory remarks and perspectives on the topic. They will also introduce the experiences they have in supporting entrepreneurs in their regions. An experienced venture capitalists who will be part of the introductory panel will give their perspectives on how project leaders can tailor their innovative solutions to attract funding.

Then the Audience will then be broken into two groups:
Group1 will discuss challenges innovators and entrepreneurs face across the Global South. Participants will share the perspective of their regions, identifying shortcomings of development actions.
Group2 will discuss successful entrepreneurship and innovation cases in the Global South and what lessons we can derive in terms of best practices.

Seed Alliance will fund about 6 innovators to attend the IGF and be part of the workshop. This are winners in variouse Awards programs run in Latin America and Caribbean region, Asia Pacific region, and the African region.

We will print pamphlets and distribute at the IGF venue to promote and increase attendance of the workshop. The organisers will encourage upcoming innovators to attend the workshop and contribute their experiences.

Online participants will be encouraged to send their feedback, and questions on an online form that will be shared prior to the session.

12. Proposed Speakers

Caeiro, Carolina
Quaynor, Nii
Akinsanmi, Titi
Cadena, Sylvia
Casanueva, Juan Manuel
Dogniez, Joyce

Speakers provisionally confirmed:

Akinsanmi, Titi
Cadena, Sylvia
Caeiro, Carolina
Dogniez, Joyce

13. Reasons for Speakers and/or description of how stakeholder views will be represented

Dr. Nii Quaynor is a pioneer of Internet in Africa and he has wide experience in innovation and internet growth in the developing countries. Dr. Nii Narku Quaynor is a former ICANN Board Director, a Member of the Internet Governance Forum Advisory Group at the United Nations, and Chairman of the Board of Directors at National Information Technology Agency. He received the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award in 2007, and was inducted into the Internet hall of fame in 2013.

Titi Akinsanmi currently works on policy and Government relations at Google. She has been very active in the innovative space in Africa, and through Google, they have supported many innovative solutions to prosper. She is an expert strategist on Information and Communications Technologies with a focus on the role of government, civil society and the private sector in Internet Policy.

Sylvia Cadena was selected to contribute based on her experience managing the Information Society Innovation Fund – ISIF Asia, and providing secretariat support to the Seed Alliance, as funding partners to entrepreneurs in the AP region, collaborating with government aid agencies, private sector sponsors, technical community partners, civil society and academia. Sylvia represents the Technical Community.

Carolina Caeiro was selected to contribute based on her experience as the Coordinator of the Regional Fund for Digital Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRIDA) that supports entrepreneurs and innovators across the region in initiatives related to internet development and ICT4D.

Juan Manuel Casanueva was selected due to his experience with ICT for Social Change projects in Latin America. He is the CEO and co-founder of SocialTIC, a non-profit that enables changemakers though the strategic use of ICTs for transparency, accountability, advocacy, citizen participation, open data, digital security and privacy, open culture and digital citizenship throughout Latin America. He is a member of the Selection Committee of the FRIDA Program, one of three programs of the Seed Alliance.

14. Name of in-person Moderator(s)

Kevon Swift, External Relations Officer for the Caribbean, LACNIC

15. Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Vymala Thuron

16. Name of Rapporteur(s)

Mwendwa Kivuva

17. Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The remote moderator will work with the session moderator to ensure online participants ask questions, and give input to the sessions. Questions asked by remote moderators will be given prominence.

We will ask the remote participants to send contributions for the breakout sessions prior to the workshop, and as the workshop is going on. Online participants will be encouraged to send their feedback, and questions on an online form that will be shared prior to the session.

18. Based on which Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

1.a, 8.3

19. Background paper

No additional background paper provided

20. Agenda

20 minutes for the 4 speakers to give introductory remarks (5 minutes each)
50 minutes for discussion in those 2 separate groups
10 minutes to report back to the plenary
10 minutes for closing remarks

Proposed Breakout Session will be as follows:
1. Discuss about challenges to innovators and entrepreneurs across the Global South. Participants to share the perspective of their regions, identifying shortcomings of development actions.
2. Discuss successful entrepreneurship and innovation cases in the Global South and what lessons we can derive in terms of best practices.

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