The workshop will present the outputs of the 2008 round of online Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme (IGCBP) by DiploFoundation (www.diplomacy.edu/ig).
The workshop aims at exploring the possibilities for extending the outreach (geographically, thematically and per target groups) of such successful training methodology and enlarging the pool of partners involved.
The main contributors will not be the IG experts but the emerging leaders instead - the professionals that are getting involved with the IG field on a local or global level. The emphasis would be put on the developing countries and their challenges, opportunities and needs for such trainings.
The workshop will share the novel methodology approaches, lessons learned and obstacles faced throughout the past four years of this online training programme, in order to exchange success stories with other organisations and search for establishing even wider partnerships in Capacity Building for organising the 2009 round of the programme and possibly other interesting and valuable activities.
The success of the Programme in previous years also gives rise to the other initiatives based on the same training methodology, such as focused short online courses, targeted online research or in-situ training tailored for the needs of the specific target groups. Debating different needs for such an approach would be beneficial both for DiploFoundation and many actors involved in the IG process - especially those coming from the developing countries.
In 2008 training programme, 135 participants were selected from 65 countries worldwide, representing variety of stakeholders and with excellent geographical and age diversity.
The participants were firstly divided into 9 regional online groups; in response to requests made by previous years participants, we have also put together four bilingual groups: Arabic/English, French/English, Portuguese/English and Spanish/English.
In the advanced phase the participants were re-grouped according to the topic of their interest. This phase brought a focus on the six topics of high importance: e-Commerce, e-Voting, Infrastructure and Connection Costs, Intellectual Property Rights, Privacy, and Security.
The research phase (autumn 2008) will further equip the participants with online research skills and will lead them towards producing a research on their topic of interest, with introducing local content and aspects of local concerns as well.
The best participants will be offered a fellowship to participate at the IGF meeting in Hyderabad, thereby getting involved with the IG process directly.