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The African participants in this year's Foundation Phase of the Internet Governance Capacity Building Programme have been discussing various issues. Key issues identified during the past weeks included the issue of access and obtaining funding for small, developing countries. The perception is that institutions such as the World Bank and others are not willing to assist developing country governments in Africa with funding for telecommunications infrastructure, etc.
The local institutions' such as Central Banks and other government institutions lack the capacity in terms of sufficient, knowledgeable staff, updated legislation and willingness to invest in initiatives such as entrepreneurial activity from citizens. Access was discussed extensively among the participants especially with regard to the cost of obtaining the internet in homes, developing infrastructure to enable those in remote areas to have access and the socio-economic barriers such as levels of education and lack of local content affecting how, when and why users access the Internet in many African countries.
The lack of ICT education in schools and within the wider society was of concern. This was noted as being important given the number of young people on the Internet and their not being aware of the dangers and how to protect themselves adequately online.