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Policy Network on Meaningful Access (PNMA)

For access to the Internet to make a meaningful contribution to improving people’s lives locally, for ‎strengthening national economies, and more broadly to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals ‎‎(SDGs), it has to be approached holistically. While access to infrastructure is critical, without this access ‎being inclusive, useful, sustainable and affordable, and linked to human capacity development and ‎relevant content that can make it so, it will not achieve its positive potential.‎

Availability of free content and services in local languages offering appropriate services and materials ‎tailor-made on the basis of the needs of local citizens (treated not only as consumers or users, but as ‎informed citizens in their own right) is as important as providing accessible connection. The concept of ‎meaningful access or connectivity has emerged over the last five years in response to the growing ‎body of evidence that even when people have connectivity, they often do not make use of the ‎Internet.

Policy Network on Meaningful Access (PNMA)

Through facilitation of its dedicated multistakeholder working group of experts, the PNMA provides in-depth look at why achieving meaningful and universal Internet access remains ‎so challenging, in spite of years of efforts by policy makers and other actors from all stakeholder ‎groups. It aims to assess and gather good practices and policy recommendations already discussed at the ‎IGF; identify what the key barriers are to these not being implemented and facilitate networking ‎among actors from all stakeholder groups that are concerned with the topic. ‎It also works toward providing linkages between the existing efforts and the many stakeholders in the IGF who are ‎undertaking related efforts, as well as create opportunities for the voices of those who are affected by ‎the lack of meaningful access to be part of policy debate and development.‎


Building on the achievements made in 2021, the IGF 2022 PNMA work is focused on the three overarching thematic work-streams:

  • Connectivity
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Capacity Development

To learn more about IGF 2022 PNMA and get engaged, please click here

In support of   SDGs