The Seed Alliance is a grants and awards program that seeks to promote Internet Development in the Global South supporting a variety of stakeholders in Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia Pacific and Africa. It is a joint initiative by the Regional Internet Registries AFRINIC, APNIC and LACNIC, Internet Society, IDRC and the Swedish Cooperation Agency SIDA.
Several of the initiatives supported by the regional programs that the RIRs support (respectively FIRE Africa, ISIF Asia and FRIDA) are led by women, have many women participating in their project teams or focus on gender related issues. These solutions contribute to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, across several targets..
The Seed Alliance is exploring for its 2018-2019 grant cycle, a greater emphasis on gender inclusion and leadership, and part of that should translate into how funding is allocated and how many women-led initiatives are supported. This Public Forum will seek views on how to integrate gender inclusion and seek insights on what Internet-related technical issues require investment across the Global South.
The forum will also look at challenges faced by women-led social enterprises and startups in the developing countries in networking, capacity building, and growing their projects, and ways to solve those challenges. Participants at the forum are expected to help identify opportunities available.
The session will start by an overview of what the Seed Alliance programs have done during the last few years (the report linked references Seed Alliance activities for the 2012-12015 period). FIRE (Africa), FRIDA (Latin America and the Caribbean) and ISIF Asia (Asia Pacific) will share with the audience what they have done to promote female-led innovation and entrepreneurship within their service regions.
The deliverable of the workshop will seek to find solutions that link to the Sustainable development goals of ending poverty in all it’s form everywhere, and also promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work.
The Public forum will be promoted at the In the Seed Alliance Booth at the IGF.
Social Media (Facebook and Twitter) of the three Seed Alliance program handles, which are
ISIF Asia: https://twitter.com/ISIF_Asia, https://www.facebook.com/ISIF.asia
FIRE Africa: https://twitter.com/fireafrica, https://www.facebook.com/fireafrinic
FRIDA: https://twitter.com/programafrida, https://www.facebook.com/FondoRegionalFRIDA/
Tag 1: Internet & ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals
Tag 2: Gender Issues
Tag 3: Inclusive Societies
Name(s) of Speaker(s)
Vymala Thuron, Technical Community, AFRINIC
Duncan Macintosh, Technical Community, APNIC Foundation
Carolina Caeiro, Technical Community, LACNIC
Name of Online Moderator: Vymala Thuron, Head External Relations, AFRINIC
Background Paper: background-paper.pdf
Past IGF Participation: Yes
Report Link: https://www.intgovforum.org/cms/wks2015/index.php/proposal/view_public/219
Name: Vymala Thuron,
Organizational Affiliation: AFRINIC