Policy Immersion Fellowships

An important component in blended learning is the in situ involvement of selected beneficiaries in various policy immersion activities. Policy Immersion fellowships enabled the representatives of the ACP regional and sub-regional institutions and other stakeholders to participate actively and in-vivo in IG-related policy discussions. This included participation in or hosting of regional and national workshops, intra-ACP partnering activities, exchange programmes, and the running of local awareness building workshops by using the same IG policy course materials to targeted sector groups. Fellowships were granted to a number of the most successful ACP participants of the online courses. The selection was based on results from the online courses, successful development of the research project, and equal regional distribution.

The major aim and structure of this activity was to:

  • Provide practical experience in dealing with ICT and IG issues.
  • Select participants based on results from the online courses taking into consideration equal regional distribution and gender balance.
  • Facilitate participation at important national, regional and global meetings related to IG and ICT, including the Internet Governance Forum.

In 2010 and 2011, a number of fellowships were awarded to ACP sub-regional and regional institutions which enabled them to participate in IG-related policy discussions, as well as relevant international and regional events and IGF meetings

The events included the Programme’s IG and ICT Policy workshops held throughout 2010 and 2011 in collaboration with DiploFoundation’s project partners; the 5th Internet Governance Forum meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania, in September 2010, in which ACP fellows, together with other fellows from DiploFoundation, strengthened the voice of the institutions they represented by participating actively in the workshops during the meeting; the Pacific IGF in April 2011; the LAC IGF, the Central-African IGF, and the Southern-African IGF, in August 2011.

The events gave ACP participants the opportunity to act on behalf of their institutions, network, discuss issues, and raise policy initiatives. Although we received many good applications, we faced the tough decision of selecting those who could take greatest advantage from participating in these events and who could leave the strongest personal and institutional footprint in the ongoing process.