IGF 2023 WS #446 Successes & challenges: cyber capacity building coordination

Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (02:00 UTC) - Tuesday, 10th October, 2023 (03:30 UTC)
WS 4 – Room B-1

Cybersecurity, Cybercrime & Online Safety
Cyberattacks, Cyberconflicts and International Security

Organizer 1: Georgieva-Weiche Lilian, 🔒
Organizer 2: Calandro Enrico, Cyber Resilience for Development
Organizer 3: Daniela Schnidrig, 🔒

Speaker 1: Tereza Horejsova, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: Rita Maduo Badumeleng , Technical Community, African Group
Speaker 3: Anatolie Golovco, Government, Eastern European Group
Speaker 4: Claire Stoffels, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 5: Hurel Louise Marie, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 6: Regine Grienberger, Government, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 7: Hiroto Yamazaki, Government, Asia Pacific Regional Group 


Calandro Enrico, Technical Community, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Online Moderator

Georgieva-Weiche Lilian, Intergovernmental Organization, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)


Daniela Schnidrig, Civil Society, Latin American and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)


Round Table - 90 Min

Policy Question(s)

1. Why is it difficult to coordinate cyber capacity building projects? 2. What are the consequences of insufficient coordination in cyber capacity building? 3. Are there any mechanisms in place to improve coordination in cyber capacity building? 4. Additionally, what actions can donors, implementers, and recipients take to enhance cyber capacity building?

What will participants gain from attending this session? Participants will gain an overall understanding of the difficulties involved in coordinating cyber capacity building efforts from the perspectives of donors, implementers, and recipients. They will also become familiar with several mechanisms for coordinating such efforts. Finally, they will have the opportunity to contribute to the ongoing discussion and share their own experiences and suggestions for improving coordination mechanisms for cyber capacity building.


In today's world, cyberattacks and cybercrime incidents are on the rise, resulting in international, governmental, multilateral, and private sector organisations investing a significant amount of funds and resources in cyber capacity-building efforts. As a result, developing countries are receiving more support to improve their cyber security posture, including enhancing their ability to detect cyber risks, report on cyber incidents, and respond timely and effectively to cyber attacks. However, due to the increasing number of similar projects and initiatives, coordination between donors providing similar support has become challenging. Although there have been efforts to improve donor, recipient and implementer coordination, much work is still required to coordinate strategies, priorities, and supported activities. This panel discussion aims to explore existing efforts to improve donors' coordination, identify what has not worked, and determine what else can be done to optimize resources, improve impact, and ensure a better allocation across themes, regions, and countries.

Expected Outcomes

The goal of the session is to enhance coordination between all stakeholders who are involved in cyber capacity building (outcome). The workshop aims to produce a set of practical policy recommendations on improving cyber capacity building coordination at the global, national, and stakeholder levels (output). These recommendations will be shared with key stakeholders in this field, including GFCE, GIZ, European Commission, recipient countries, and current cyber capacity building projects. The ultimate goal is to strengthen cyber capacity building and ensure that it is effective and sustainable.

Hybrid Format: To ensure a productive session, the speakers will have the opportunity to introduce themselves to each other and discuss their interventions during a pre-meeting. Additionally, participants will receive a brief document on the session along with research already conducted on the matter and will be encouraged to send any questions they may have via email to the organisers, who will then share the answers with all speakers. An interactive approach will allow for a coordinated and effective discussion: The session will be organised in a true hybrid format, with the objective of both online and onsite participants having the opportunity to get engaged in the discussion. This will be achieved by appointing an experienced chat moderator who will bring the online participants' voices in. Also for the speakers, we will have a combination of online and onsite speakers. We will further consider using interactive tools for an engaging online atmosphere.