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IGF 2012 Day 4 (Final Day) "Performance Meter"

So the 2012 IGF has come to an end. Over 1600 delegates attended.

Overall the organisers performed quite well in some aspects and quite poorly in others. Today I will not assess the performance of the day since nothing really changed from yesterday. I will briefly look at the overall performance.


  • The visa letters were sent to delegates on time, plus the dedicated desk at the airport was one area where the organisers excelled.
  • Pick ups from the airport worked well, and so was the transportation from hotels to the Baku Expo the venue of 2012 IGF.
  • Persons with disabilities were taken care of in ways that organisers of both national and regional IGFs should emulate. They had were provided with dedicated teams to pick from their hotels and to the conference venue, and sometimes members of the team(s) would be by their side at the necessary times.
  • The content of the workshops was good. There were new emerging issues and more emphasis on human rights on the internet.
  • Commitment and enthusiasm was demonstrated by the delegates who attended the various sessions and made meaningful contributions. 


  • Poor internet and sometimes non-existent whatsoever!
  • Lack of enough coffee and food but the worst was that there were no restaurants where the many who missed meals would have an option to resort to. Further, a good number of delegates who went for lunch earlier (mostly before the sessions were over) served more than they could finish and there was alot of wastage. 

Goodbye Baku. Even with the negatives, it has been a pleasure being  here!

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Comment by Sarah Kiden on November 13, 2012 at 1:24pm

Grace, just like Trevor, I agree with the positives: The visa letters, the pickups, the volunteers assigned to help participants and all the nice things. As regards the negatives, I hope we shall use them to improve future events.

Comment by Trevor A. Phipps on November 10, 2012 at 10:18am

Grace let me also add my comments. I'm in agreement with your post especially with respect to the positives. The Baku organisers must be given credit for the visa arrangements, and transportation. I too was heartened to the attention paid to or arrangements made for persons  with disabilities.


The availability of the internet and food were my negatives as well and yes there was wastage.


One major problem I have is that visiting a city like BAKU with a conference schedule like the IGF merely gives one a taste or glimpse of the city....One of these days i will have to visit BAKU and enjoy more of the sites.

It is truly a city filled with history and grand architecture.




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