Multistakeholderism at the IGF – Assessing impact on participation

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


IGF is a unique experiment in the area of global governance, whereby an ‘official’ global body – mandated by a world summit - is constitutively multistakeholder, going beyond the typical inter-governmental model in the international arena. However, multistakeholderism can only be seen as an instrument of enhanced and more democratic political participation, and not an end in itself. In this respect, the workshop seeks to examine whether and how the multistakeholder model of the IGF has actually impacted participation in global IG processes. Such examination will of course adequately diversify the issue of participation with respect to different groups and sections of the global society. It will seek the views of a range of stakeholders on this issue, which will include comparison with other institutions of global governance.

Since a review of the IGF is currently underway, the workshop expects to produce outcomes that can feed into this review process. 

The panelists for the workshop are as follows

Murali Shanmugavelan - PANOS - London
A represenative from APC - TBC
Ambassador Miguel A Alcaine, Government of El Salvador - TBC
Ambassador George Papadatos, Government of Greece, TBC
Emily Taylor, NOMINET, TBC
Parminder Jeet Singh, IT for Change