Sustainable Capacity Building for Internet Accessibility Public Policy Development

16 November 2009 - A Workshop on Internet Governance for Development in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt


The workshop aims to build capacity among policy makers and user groups for a more accessible Internet and how it can bring change in many regions including developing countries. The workshop will build capacity to advocate for change so that people with disabilities no matter where they live can participate in the Internet economy and benefit from opportunities for employment, education and recreational pursuits as are enjoyed by the rest of the population.

The content of the workshop will include:
- Background on accessibility: the importance of the issue, statistics on disability, international laws, conventions and regulation on disability, importance of Internet development in LDCs and developing regions
- Concept and examples of universal design
- Identifying pockets where capacity building is required
- Experiential discussion – real life stories from people with disabilities with examples on making the Internet accessible
- Engagement with Government, regulators and other key stakeholders including strategies (with examples) recognising differences between regions and current issues.
- Methodologies that could support Internet Development (success stories and future interventions)

This workshop will have been trialled at PacINET in Papua New Guinea in September 2009. Workshop materials developed will be revised based on feedback from PacINET participants. 

b) Describe how you will take steps to adhere to the multi-stakeholder principle, including geographical diversity.

This proposed workshop by its very nature adheres to the multi-stakeholder principle. Representatives from disability organisations and development organisations will be the primary beneficiaries of the workshop. However, it is expected that the content of the workshop that will highlight international legal instruments such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as well as international regulatory developments through, for example ITU-T, will interest many other stakeholders. 

The presenters have experience from the European, Asian and Asia Pacific region. The topics to be covered in the workshop are relevant both to developing countries and to developed countries.

c) Does the proposed workshop provide different perspectives on the issues under discussion?

The proposed workshop offers the perspective of women, children and people with disabilities in developing countries as well as people with disabilities in developed countries.

It is expected that these different perspectives reflecting the two organisations responsible for the workshop will be broad-ranging but yet touch on many complementary issues.