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IGF Academy releases “IGF Academy Transfer Guide: Sharing Learning and Experience” to help create national Internet governance structures

Posted on 03 Oct 2018 Comments Off on IGF Academy releases “IGF Academy Transfer Guide: Sharing Learning and Experience” to help create national Internet governance structures

Click on image to download the IGF Academy Transfer Guide as a PDF (10 MB)

Berlin, Colombo, Johannesburg, June 12th, 2017

Do you plan to establish Internet governance processes in your country, or do you want to enhance existing ones? They can be extremely helpful for strengthening multi-stakeholder cooperation and developing joint positions between government, businesses, civil society and others on how to manage Internet resources in your country. To give everyone involved a head start, IGF Academy has released the Transfer Guide, a toolkit that can be used by new National and Regional Initiatives (NRIs), as they are called by the UN IGF Secretariat.

The Transfer Guide (PDF, 10 MB) shares insights into the work done by the IGF Academy Fellows from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Congo (Brazzaville), Myanmar, Namibia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Togo, and makes the good practice experiences available to a wider public.

Strategic steps to create new NRIs

The Transfer Guide outlines first strategic steps to create new NRIs and explains organisational tools such as stakeholder mapping, SWOT analysis, communication and funding strategies, as well as roadmaps. It combines the experiences and challenges of IGF Academy Fellows in creating Internet governance structures in their countries with the strategies they have developed to deal with these issues.

IGF Academy partners with APC and LIRNEasia in providing support to 16 fellows from Africa and Asia for building or enhancing their nation’s IG infrastructures.

“The first year of the IGF Academy has pushed forward political engagement and Internet governance discussions in all our partner countries. We are happy to share our insights and offer these experiences to enhance new NRIs globally”, Matthias Spielkamp, IGF Academy founder, explains.

“The Transfer Guide offers a range of strategy tools to start up Internet governance dialogue and offers an honest perspective on the status quo for the upcoming national IGFs engaged in the IGF Academy. 2016 has been a rich experience in creating new IG initiatives and we are happy to continue our cooperation in 2017”, adds Lorena Jaume-Palasí, IGF Academy founder.

Free to copy, distribute, and build upon

The IGF Academy Toolkit is published under a Creative Commons license. Please feel free to copy, use, distribute and build upon this material. IGF Academy is funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, ICANN and CIMA.

The IGF Academy will hold online meetings with the fellows as well as provide webinars to assist them with the development of their strategy roadmaps until the upcoming global IGF. It will support all fellows to attend the IGF, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, and will organise a meeting on-site prior to the global IGF to prepare the fellows to participate in the forum.

About IGF Academy

IGF Academy was initiated by iRights in March 2016. It aims to foster freedom of  expression on the Internet and inclusive and transparent national Internet governance and policy processes. Fellows from four African and four Asian countries will be supported in the creation and/or consolidation of multistakeholder, national Internet governance structures.

The IGF Academy is run by iRights in cooperation with APC and LIRNEasia and funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

About iRights

iRights is a non-governmental organisation based in Berlin. Consisting of iRights e.V., a charitable non-profit, and the independent think tank iRights.international, we have been active at the intersection of digitisation and society for more than ten years. Since 2005 we have been running the iRights.info online platform, one of Germany’s premier resources for information and discussions on copyright, privacy, media freedom and Internet governance issues. We develop joint projects and provide research and consultancy for a wide range of stakeholders: foundations and other NGOs, government and public entities, private companies, academic institutions and individuals. Our mission: To harness theopportunities of digitisation for the promotion of democracy and the public good. Our approach: We offer our expertise and create spaces for the cooperative development of practical outcomes and solutions.

For inquiries regarding IGF Academy please email office (at) igf (dot) academy