IG Capacity Building Programme: A Model for Regional Training

13 November 2007 - A Best Practice Forum on Internet Governance for Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil



Diplo Foundation


ISOC Venezuela
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Background of the theme

"Adequate resources have not been available to build capacity in a range of areas relevant to Internet management at the national level and to ensure effective participation in global Internet governance, particularly for developing countries." (WGIG Report, 2005)

Nature of the problems encountered

A requirement for regional capacity-building initiatives exists. Such programmes need to be effective, prompt, innovative, practical and low cost.

Policy measures implemented and being implemented, impediments, issues along the way

Participants of diverse professional and stakeholder background, occupation and position are involved in a collaborative approach to online learning. Some identified issues are challenges related to group coordination, motivation and teambuilding.

Results (previous/hoped for) of policy interventions

A multistakeholder-based community of trained IG practitioners from developing countries engaging in the variety of issues of Internet Governance on local, regional or global level, as well as initiating mutual follow-up partnerships and dynamic coalitions.

Unintended consequences of policy interventions, good and bad

Positive and overlooked consequence appears in form of a multiplier effect by the end of the capacity building training, when participants put training into practice.

Unresolved issues; their locus, how might they be addressed

The challenge exists to motivate institutions to offer fellowship positions for successful participants, as an in-field practice on mutual benefit. Connection between the senior experts in IG and these emerging experts also shall be strengthened.

Insights gained as a result of the experience, concluding thoughts

The experience emphasised the major components of the successful training methodology:

§ multistakeholder participants with diverse backgrounds and professions

§ knowledge- and experience-exchange among the participants as the learning base

§ tutoring and per-topic discussion facilitation by peers

§ online communication through the platform based on web2.0 communication toolsRegional implementation of the IGCBP methodology brings in focus the local content and problems, and further encourages regional partnerships and initiatives.