Discussion on Multistakeholderism in Africa

3 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Agenda

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

IGF & The Future of the Internet Ecosystem

Description

The proposed workshop has the format of a roundtable during which participants from different stakeholder groups will discuss the results of RIA research conducted, some of which has been undertaken with NEPAD Agency, on mapping multistakeholders participation in internet governance from an African perspective..
Specifically, participants will be invited to consider how factors such as low level of internet access and use, low quality of service and high prices of broadband intersect with the notion of multistakeholder participation as a form of deliberative democracy for internet governance - which is often informed by assumptions from more mature markets and the human rights frameworks of Western democracies.
Participants will explore the evolution of multistakeholders participation through consideration of the main international, regional and national processes/mechanisms of the internet governance ecosystem from an Africa perspective.
Some specific issues that will be highlighted include:
- What these initiatives have achieved in terms of enabling or constraining the development of an open internet;
- what has been the level and effectiveness of participation of African stakeholders in these processes;
- why have they not been able to fully develop an African agenda on internet governance

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

- Dr Edmund Katiti
- Intergovernmental organisation
- NEPAD

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?

yes

The link to the workshop report

http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/71-igf2011/transcripts-/905-ad-workshop-12-connectivity-and-access-in-sub-saharah-africa-status-challenges-and-opportunities

Type of session

Roundtable

Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#Africa #multistakeholderism #access #development #participation

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

Name: Dr Alison Gillwald
Stakeholder group: Academy/Think tank
Organization: Research ICT Africa
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? Y
Do you need help in recruiting speakers from certain stakeholder groups? N

Name: Anriette Esterhuysen
Stakeholder group: Civil Society Organisation
Organization: Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? Y
Do you need help in recruiting speakers from certain stakeholder groups? N

Name: Omobola Olubusola Johnson
Stakeholder group: Government organisation
Organization: Government of Nigeria
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? N
Do you need help in recruiting speakers from certain stakeholder groups? N

Name: Titi Akinsanmi
Stakeholder group: Private sector
Organization: Google
Have you contacted the speaker? Y
Has the speaker been confirmed? Y
Do you need help in recruiting speakers from certain stakeholder groups? N

Name of Moderator(s)

Alice Munyua

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Dr Towela Nyirenda Jere

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The roundtable opens with a presentation of the research findings on mapping multistakeholder participation in internet governance from an Africa perspective. Afterwards, each representative from the different stakeholder groups is invited to comment on the research results and to provide a contribution through elaborating the research results. At the end of each contribution, the moderator will open the discussion to the audience members that can either make specific questions to the speakers or to provide their own comments, opinions or to share their own experience. At the same time, questions and contributions are collected from remote participants and are shared in real time with the participants to the roundtable.

Suggested Agenda (90 minutes):
a. Opening: presentation of research results (5 minutes)
b. Panelist remarks (5 minutes each: 20 minute in total)
c. Discussion (35 minutes), including comments and questions from remote participants
d. Closing remarks from panelists (5 minutes each: 20 minutes in total)
e. Wrap-up (10 minutes)

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

Remote participation will be facilitated by a digital curator who will facilitate the incoming and outgoing of the panel discussion with remote participants. An invite to contribute and to participate remotely will be sent to all respondents who have participated to the research. IGF Secretariat should facilitate the tools for remote participation. The hash-tag #2014AfricaIGF will be used to collect opinions, questions and comments during the roundtable and the most relevant contributions to the discussion will be shared among the participants to the roundtable.

Background paper

background paper

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