Capacity building as a key element to strengthen the multistakeholder model in the Internet Governance environment.

Meeting type: 
Side Session
Meeting Description: 

The aim of this session is to bring together various players which developed different kinds of capacity building programmes for IG issues during the last years. DiploFoundation, SSIG, New Media Summer School, ISOC programmes are examples of successful programmes, where a significant amount of participants went through. All these programmes are promoting the multistakeholder model, which is still a challenge for many parts of the world. The session shall also serve as an exchange between fellows of any of the programmes.
The session will be organised in an interactive manner, involving initiators and fellows. We will discuss the following questions:

  • What is the value added from the CB programmes you participated in for
    • the development of multistakeholder models in your country/region,
    • awareness on the importance of IG issues among stakeholders around you,
    • and your personal career and activism?
  • Having recent developments (IGF, WCIT, ..) and challenges (emerging issues), what are the specific CB needs and interests
    • in your region
    • among various stakeholders and professional groups
  • How to sync the various efforts, extend the outreach, raise funds, enable multiplier effect?
  • How can we create a strong network among participants and initiators, to defend and develop the multistakeholder model that we are promoting?
  • What are DOS and DONTs re CB initiatives? What are the types of initiatives/programmes you would welcome/suggest? What are the obstacles for implementation?
Reported by: 
Sandra Hoferichter, Vladimir Radunovic
A brief substantive summary and the main events that were raised: 

The session emerged as and was a successful attempt of putting together the organisers of various IG capacity building initiatives like DiploFoundation, European Summer School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG), European Youth Forum, ISOC, APC or RIPE's IPv6 Roadshow . Together with the panellists representing these initiatives, the fellows of these programmes and other interested professionals exchanged best practices, discussed needs and possible ways forward.
Setting the Scene
The scene for discussion was set with an important observation why the capacity building is needed: only with understanding the holistic view of Internet governance would we dare to ask and discuss! Besides, it was stressed that capacity building helps promoting the multistakeholder model, which is still a challenge for many parts of the world. It was noted that a comprehensive set of available resources should be developed, and that we should strengthen the network of people who have participated in various programs thus far, to assist with further capacity building efforts.
Review of Capacity Building Initiatives
The panel briefly introduced this variety of existing capacity building initiatives:

  • ISOC Next Generation Leaders  (NGL), running since 2010, aims to have the exposure of young individuals to IG processes through fellowships, and the e-learning programme focused on history, technology, governance and emerging issues. The NGL alumni gather almost 800 fellows.
  • DiploFoundation runs its Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP) since 2005, as a blended learning consisted of in-situ and online multilingual courses and fellowship programme, focused on diplomacy, policy and technology. Its alumni of 1200 gather decision-makers and policy-shapers.
  • European Youth Forum initiated its New Media Summer School in 2011, in order to empower young people to voice their views and concerns and fight for their rights. The NMSS includes discussions and learning, advocacy initiatives and fellowship positions that enabled 20 youth activists to attend IGF in Baku.
  • The European Summer School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG) runs a programme since 2007 under a motto: “Teaching Internet Governance to the Leaders of Tomorrow, learning in a multistakeholder environment”. EuroSSIG provides a link between academic background on Internet governance and multistakeholder model with policy work. Its alumni numbers over 200 participants.
  • Association for Progressive Communications (APC) is running the curriculum in French, English and Spanish for 4 years already. Current focus is on capacity building in human rights and the Internet for judiciary, human rights organisations, policy makers, media.
  • RIPE is running an IPv6 Roadshow in order to connect experts in the technical community with network operators who work for the public sector and operate networks for governments

It was good hearing that the alumni of these programmes overlap, and that some participants attended more than one of these programmes, which provides important functional interlinks. Moreover, many fellows of these programmes are now active in managing bodies of IGF and ICANN, in their governments, telecoms, etc.
Importance of Capacity Building (some quotes from the panellists):

  • Internet governance is not a sprint, it is a marathon - one needs stamina for it!
  • Internet influences the education of youth
  • youth and users need to know what their online rights are
  • youth should decide on themselves how and what they need
  • there is professionalization of internal governance debate, more and deeper knowledge needed
  • helping everyone to understand they can be stakeholders in fact if they engage and represent views of their peers
Conclusions and further comments: 

With a number of solid capacity building programmes existing and providing different angles while targeting various groups, there was an identified need to provide a summary of these easily available to everyone. UNDESA initiated a development of a compendium on capacity building in IG that should serve as a synthesis available on one spot at the IGF website of IGF. It should be an instrument to provide more information, sources and organisations for countries willing to go into the IG and willing to know what kind of training programs and capacity building they can get around the world. As result of this session, the compendium form will be further disseminated among involved organisations to add their details and resources, and cooperation with the IGF Secretariat will be established to make this compendium available on the IGF web.

Gender Report Card
Please estimate the overall number of women participants present at the session: 
About half of the participants were women
To what extent did the session discuss gender equality and/or women's empowerment?: 
It was not seen as related to the session theme and was not raised
Please include any comments or recommendations you have on how to improve the inclusion of issues related to gender equality and: 

Gender balance generally is seen as a criteria the election process among all  programmes.

Provide the name of the speakers and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups: 


  • Peter Matjasic, European Youth Forum
  • Jovan Kurbalija, DiploFoundation
  • Wolfgang Kleinwächter, European Summer School on Internet Governance (EuroSSIG)
  • Constance Bommelaer, ISOC (TBC)
  • Anriette Esterhuysen, Association for Progressive Communication (APC)
  • Luca Belli, Université Paris II - Panthéon-Assas and Fellow of various programmes
Provide the name of the organiser(s) of the Meeting and their affiliation to various stakeholder groups: 


  • Letizia Gambini, European Youth Forum (European Organization)

  • Vladimir Radunovic, DiploFoundation (Civil Society)

  • Sandra Hoferichter, Medienstadt Leipzig e.V. / EuroSSIG (Academia)


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