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Bringing diversity to the Internet governance "Usual Suspects"

Bringing diversity to the Internet governance "Usual Suspects"

The complexity of the Internet governance discussion can be intimidating for newcomers. How can we ensure participation of individuals representing the views and needs of developing countries?

Today, we are proud to share good news: with the support of the @CP-ICT Programme financed from the 9th European Development Fund, Diplo is collaborating with seven ACP (Africa/Caribbean/Pacific) institutions to provide capacity development on Internet governance.

The 2010 call for applications was very successful: five hundred and eighty six applications were received from 88 different countries in a few days. From these, 455 are people from 50 ACP countries.

Over the next two years,over 300 ACP officials and other specialists will be trained online and in face-to-face workshops.

This is relevant for us because during meetings of the United Nations in Geneva, Internet Governance Forum participation "seemed to be mainly by what was termed 'the usual suspects'".

The quote above comes from a report of the United Nations and explains why DiploFoundation chose an important mission:

Diplo works to strengthen the meaningful participation of all stakeholders in diplomatic practice and international relations.

Internet governance is one of the areas we have concentrated innovation and high quality capacity development with our personal touch, over ten years working in online learning and community building.

The results of this consistent approach are reflected in our entire community. Today, many of former Diplo course participants take part in the global level decisions
through ICANN and the IGF Multistakeholder Advisory Group, and also lead
important regional and local initiatives.

There are so many stories to tell that we wrote two books with real stories about empowering people from developing countries: Capacity Development and Emerging Leaders for the Digital World.

Capacity development is how we bring balance to Internet governance discussions.

*photo credit: Roo Reynolds, licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic terms

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