IGF 2019 WS #146 Inclusive information and sustainable society at local level

Organizer 1: Seema Sharma, Resilience Relations
Organizer 2: Bose Styczynski Annika, O.P. Jindal Global University
Organizer 3: Varun Rajah, O.P.Jindal Global University
Organizer 4: Arnab Bose, O. P. Jindal Global University

Speaker 1: Seema Sharma, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 2: Arnab Bose, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group
Speaker 3: Bose Styczynski Annika, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group

Policy Question(s): 

1. How we can better align with digital inclusion (internet governance) and sustainable development goals (SDGs)at the local level for inclusive information and sustainable society. What framework and tools can be developed?

2. How we can better utilize academia to promote digital inclusion and SDGs at the local level. How we can ensure that digital inclusion processes are Inclusive (w.r.t. Gender, Age, Disability and other disadvantaged groups) and accessible to the masses.

3. How digital inclusion can be useful in skilling and creating new employment opportunities and making the economy financially inclusive and stable.

Relevance to Theme: Proposed session on Inclusive information and sustainable society at local level will be focused on the distributed and decentralized governance patterns using multi-stakeholder approaches and possible frameworks, tools and plausible policies which can be developed for better digital inclusion and internet governance. Simultaneously the session will seek answers to how we can achieve better local governance and SDGs at the local level.
As per the theme objectives, the session will also be focused on methods and processes on how we can achieve better digital inclusion in terms of access of internet to the masses, bringing everyone to the discussion table for decision making, skills, bringing new employment opportunities and motivation and trust to confidently go online.

Relevance to Internet Governance: The proposed session is on multistakeholder approach and about figuring out the relevant policies for better digital inclusion and effective internet governance. The session also focuses on figuring out the local narratives and effective local governance to make digital inclusion and internet governance more inclusive and effective.


Round Table - U-shape - 60 Min

Description: The workshop will have three sessions based on the three policy questions raised (question no. 5, policy questions section).
Each session will have a speaker and a moderator.
Each session will have a relevant case study presented by the speaker

Each session will be of 20 minutes.
2 minutes for introduction and moderation
6 minutes for speaker
12 minutes for the roundtable discussion with all the participants

each session will have

Expected Outcomes: The workshop will have three clear cut outcomes
• Framework and specific tools needed to better align the digital inclusion and SDGs at the local level
• Specific methods and processes to make digital inclusion more inclusive and aligned with SDGs at the local level and role of academic institutions.
• Strategy to make digital inclusion as a means to create new employment opportunities, skilling and financial inclusion of the informal workforce.

Onsite Moderator: 

Seema Sharma, Private Sector, Asia-Pacific Group

Online Moderator: 

Arnab Bose, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group


Varun Rajah, Civil Society, Asia-Pacific Group

Discussion Facilitation: 

Before the start of the session, participants will be given the brochure to understand the context, subject, relevance and objective of the sessions. During the roundtable, under every session 12 minutes specifically will be allocated to the participants to interact and share their experiences and point of views

Online Participation: 

Official online participation tool will be utilized by us to make the workshop session live. Back to India, students of the University of Delhi and O.P. Jindal Global University who are interning/working with resilience relations will join our session online.


GOAL 1: No Poverty
GOAL 2: Zero Hunger
GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-Being
GOAL 4: Quality Education
GOAL 5: Gender Equality
GOAL 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequalities
GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
GOAL 12: Responsible Production and Consumption
GOAL 13: Climate Action
GOAL 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
GOAL 17: Partnerships for the Goals