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CENB – Phase IV

Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s) - Phase IV
Call for Public Inputs


1. Introduction ‎
The IGF’s Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG) recently decided to further develop ‎the IGF’s intersessional work, “Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next ‎Billion(s)”. ‎This will therefore be Phase IV (CENB IV). This year’s work on Policy Options will build ‎on the IGF community’s past three years of important work on the theme of promoting ‎meaningful access.‎

In 2015, the IGF MAG decided to develop the intersessional work under the topic “Policy ‎Options for Connecting the Next Billion” (CNB track), starting a new methodology to ‎build the policy recommendations based on broad consultations, bottom up ‎crowdsourcing and cross-engaging the work of NRIs, DCs and BPFs. The discussions ‎were focused on infrastructure, increasing usability, enabling users, entering ‎affordability and enabling environments. The final output document is available here.‎

Given the successful results of this trend, the IGF MAG continued a second phase of the ‎intersessional work for Connecting the Next Billion, focused narrowly on how ICTs can ‎help reach United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with the lens on local ‎and regional specificities. Phase II built on the policy options developed in 2015 during ‎the first phase, which aimed at supporting the creation of enabling environments, ‎including deploying infrastructure, increasing usability, enabling users, and ensuring ‎affordability. The final report is available here.‎

In 2017, Phase III focused on  SDGs 4, 5, and 9 that are impacted by ICTs and dived into ‎collecting and analyzing case studies worldwide to complete phase I and II with ‎concrete local experiences and community-level projects.‎
In the past three years, over 200 submissions, including many from national and ‎regional IGF initiatives (NRIs), contributed to the development of comprehensive sets of ‎Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billions in Phase I, Phase II, and ‎Phase III.‎
These Policy Options are already serving as tangible and useful resources for ‎policymakers and other stakeholders, but also symbolise the IGF community’s ‎conviction that the need for multistakeholder collaboration towards expanding ‎meaningful Internet access is a shared goal that remains at the core of Internet ‎governance.‎

‎2.‎ Phase IV (2018): Policy Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next ‎Billion(s)‎
These Policy Options and concrete examples are already serving as tangible and useful ‎resources for policymakers and other stakeholders, but also symbolize the IGF ‎community’s conviction that the need for multistakeholder collaboration towards ‎expanding meaningful Internet access is a shared goal that remains at the core of ‎Internet governance. ‎
The objective for this year CENB IV is to collect concrete stories showcasing how ‎connecting the next billion(s) helps achieve broader Sustainable Development Goals ‎such as: ‎
SDG 7 – Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for ‎all ‎
SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth ‎
SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure (particular linkage with Internet ‎access) ‎
SDG 17 - Partnerships for the Goals ‎
IGF would continue to rely on community inputs, including NRIs experiences, but also ‎looking for a closer collaboration with other BPFs and DCs (for example, DC3, Youth-DC ‎etc).‎

‎3.‎ Guidelines for background contributions
All stakeholders are invited to submit contributions on the theme “Policy Options for ‎Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s) – Phase IV”. ‎

Contributions from national, regional and Youth IGFs (NRIs), Best Practice Forums (BPFs), Dynamic Coalitions (DCs), and IGF ‎workshops are particularly welcome. ‎

‎3.1.‎ What format should my feedback be in? ‎
Contributions are expected to:‎

  • demonstrate through case studies how ICTs can enable SDGs 7, 8, 9 or 17. They ‎can come in various formats: links to publications, reports, references, statistics, ‎stories, etc. ‎‎
  • be of reasonable length in order to maximize readability. ‎

Note that various projects already explore the link between ICTs and SDGs (e.g. ITU). ‎The IGF’s added value will be to complement other existing efforts by collecting ‎information in the field, in a bottom-up fashion, the validate existing theories and ‎assumptions.‎

Contributions are preferred to be in English and to use of an editable file, compatible or ‎readable with Microsoft Word. Documents in other languages will be translated using an ‎automate system which might reduce accuracy.‎

Additional templates may be developed to aid contributions if this is deemed helpful.‎

‎3.2.‎ What will happen to my contribution?‎
All contributions will be published publicly with contributors’ names on the IGF’s ‎website.  As an example, see submissions from previous years are available here.‎

Contributions will be analysed and incorporated into the outcome document for Policy ‎Options for Connecting and Enabling the Next Billion(s) – Phase IV, as far as is deemed ‎possible and relevant by an editorial group of volunteers. All contributors’ details will be ‎credited in the outcome document, and contributions may be published on the IGF’s ‎website.‎

‎3.3.‎ What is the deadline for contributions?‎
All submissions should be made by 30 September 2018.‎

3.4.‎ Who do I send my feedback to?‎
Email contributions should be sent to [email protected]. ‎

3.5.‎ What if I have more questions?‎
For further queries, or for more information, please contact Radhika Radhakrishnan at ‎[email protected] or drop a mail at [email protected]

3.6.‎ Proposed questions to guide your response:‎
The first phase (2015) and the second phase (2016) of Connecting and Enabling the ‎Next Billion have identified a set of policy options aimed at the creation of enabling ‎environments, and investigated the ways in which meaningful Internet access can ‎support and contribute to realising the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals ‎‎(SDGs).  The third phase(2017) gathered concrete examples of how these policy options ‎have been implemented in relations to SDGs 4, 5 and 9.  The fourth phase (2018) aims  ‎to collect concrete stories showcasing how connecting the next billion(s) helps achieve ‎SDGs 7, 8, 9, and 17. 

Please support your contributions by studies, reports, references, statistics etc.  While ‎inputs of any format will be considered for incorporation, the following suggestions that ‎you can tackle in your contribution:‎

‎●‎    Give examples of how local or regional policies have helped connect and ‎enable users, giving them access to information and communications ‎technology and providing universal and affordable access to the Internet in ‎least developed countries. ‎
‎●‎    Share a story from any region about how connecting people to the Internet has ‎increased access to information regarding affordable, reliable, sustainable and ‎modern energy.‎
‎●‎    Give concrete examples showing how access to the Internet has promoted ‎decent work and economic growth, especially in least developed and ‎developing countries, and small island states.‎
‎●‎    Share concrete examples and stories in which the use of ICTs has promoted ‎development in industry, innovation and infrastructure. Explain how specific ‎policies or legislation might have helped promote this at a local level.‎

4.‎  Important dates:‎

  • 3 September - Call for inputs is open to receive any contributions. ‎
  • ‎3 September - 30 September - Editorial work to compile version 1.0 of the document ‎based on all contributions received by the IGF Secretariat.‎
  • ‎30 September - Close contributions
  • ‎15 October - Launch of the first draft and open for comments and second round of ‎contributions
  • ‎31 October - Close comments and inputs
  • ‎7 November - Issue of the final draft that will be delivered in the IGF Paris 2018 (12-14 ‎Nov)‎

Contact Information

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Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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