IGF 2020 WS #173 Multistakeholder Practice & Challenges in Developing Nation


Organizer 1: Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Organizer 2: Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Speaker 1: NADIRA AL-ARAJ, Technical Community, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Lilian Deluque Bruges, Government, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)
Speaker 3: ARIS IGNACIO, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Round Table - Circle - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

1. How do we manage the issue of multistakeholder ensuring social inclusion and preventing disruptions in the life of communities that may harm their social convenience, or increase previously existent inequality gaps? 2. What strategies could be developed to promote (better) leadership for women and girls, older people, minorities, people living with disabilities, refugees and other disadvantaged groups? 3. How can we ensure equality and standardization in terms of values practice creating one world one internet 4. What are the real challenges of multistakeholder approaches at grassroots level and interventions 5. How does internet politics affects the values of current internet ecosystem

This session will further bring in the real case study and session of what has been happening in the name of Multistakeholder. The speakers are selected in consideration of the community and region that they are part of. 1. Introduction and Finding of research 2. Case study 3. Experience 4. Internet politics and influences 5. Gender divide and influences 6. Challenges and problems 7. Awareness and values of leadership The session will be moderated in a close timeline giving maximum time for sharing knowledge and experience. We have planned to open the session Q/A for half of the time of the session.


GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals


This session is a collaborated finding of a research study which has been contributed by leaders of developing nations. We conducted a research in 2018-2019 have explored the topics in various program like Asia Pacific School of Internet governance 2019 and in North American School of internet governance 2019. Internet Ecosystem has been lobbying the concept of the Multistakeholder approach but due to lack of proper core values and collaborative efforts Multistakeholder approached has been more politicized and fragmented in developing countries where representation and diversity are compromised in true sense. The real principles of transparency, accountability and openness have been confused with the limitation of participation and lack of information and communication. Our speakers are experienced leaders who have been working in various community internet organization facilitating the internet governance process at their nation and regional level. With this session we want to bring out the real situation and challenges of Multistakeholder in the developing nation in terms of leadership, gender and politics that is currently happening. In a previous discussion about the session proposal we have discussed about how we want the session to maximize the efficiency in talking about the solutions and approach that can help us bring equality transparency and leadership in terms of gender, representation and diversity in true sense. So a think process is already in work in progress regarding what the session will achieve and how it will materialize in the community as part of the adaptation process .

Expected Outcomes

The session will further be collaborated in various content form recording and with documentation for sharing within the communities. We have prepared a plan with our speaker to at least collaborate the results and engage the output in their local intervention and further coordinate in respective IG events. We also have a series of blogs and reports which they have to submit and we will further publish it in for the information sharing purpose.

Basically as we suggested we will 1. Introduction and finding of survey 2. Local case study and experience sharing 3. Q/A 4. internet politics and gender divide 5. Q/A 6. Leadership opportunities and challenges 7. Q/A 8. conclusion and Commitment

Relevance to Internet Governance: Multistakeholder practice is the basis of Internet governance, the values of equality and openness clearly highlights role and scope of diversity, representation and participation but when it comes to real practice there are various variables that directly or indirectly affects the role of marginalized communities and stakeholders. These values are subjected and overruled by gaps of communication, politics, gender gaps,internet environment, stakeholder, capacity building , awareness and so many other factors where right voice and right people do not get the opportunity. Our session highlight the study of this gaps and leaders who have faced the challenges at grassroots level. They will share their part of the problems faced and the solutions that they have been using to working towards creating a better policy and concept of collaborative leadership for the development of the internet ecosystem.

Relevance to Theme: Our session will specifically focus on inclusive governance, Social Inclusion and digital divide. As multistakeholder approach has been more compromised and manipulated in local level it has created an unequal opportunity where values are adopted but these values have to be localized and further mitigated in the internet ecosystem understanding their knowledge and practice which at times gets compromised.

Online Participation


Usage of IGF Official Tool. Additional Tools proposed: We have been running youth awareness program called Learn Internet governance where there are different leaders to participate from all over the world. We would love to ask our leaders to participate remotely as it is a real way to observe and learn.