Welcome

Welcome to the homepage of DiploFoundation’s Capacity Development Programme in ICT Policy and IG for ACP countries

All our projects and activities have been completed, after two years of successful implementation and co-operation with our partners and donors. The programme achieved great results, especially in managing to expand the community of professionals from ACP countries. Over 500 new members from 60 ACP countries – representing governments, international, regional and sub-regional institutions, civil society, business, academy, and regulatory authorities – have benefited directly from our training. Many more have benefited from the programme by following our activities online, reading our publications, and engaging with our community in one way or another.  

This website is an online footprint of the programme. It will remind us, our programme partners and donors, and all those who benefited, of the projects, activities, results, and publications, which will remain accessible for public use. Yet, we are sure that the real footprint will be felt in years to come through the work and informed decisions taken by our community of professionals.

We will continue to work hard in the capacity development area by continuing to implement the successful methodology, and at the same time, improving our work based on the experiences we have gained from this programme. We hope that the impact of this programme will serve as an invitation and encouragement for other donors, governments, and the corporate sector to fund further activities and support the continuation of the capacity development programme.

We would like to express our appreciation to the following organisations: 
  • the ACP Secretariat and the EU, for their support;
  • our programme partners  – the Botswana Information Technology Society (BITS), the Burundi Youth Training Centre (BYTC), the Centre Africain de Complémentarité Scolaire Universitaire et de Promotion (CACSUP) of Congo, Young Americas Business Trust Haiti, ICT4D Jamaica Limited, the Multimedia University College of Kenya, and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College of St Lucia  – for their interest and engaging cooperation;
  • the many institutions with whom we cooperated during the programme, including the African Union Commission, UNECA, NEPAD, SPC, PICISOC, CTU, ICANN, ITU and others;
  • over 500 programme participants for their trust, persistence, great work and knowledge shared  – from which we all benefited; 
  • and last but not least, the Diplo team and associates, without whom this programme would not have been successful.

DiploFoundation’s two-year Capacity Development Programme in ICT Policy and IG for ACP countries included several projects, courses, activities, and publications. Navigate through the menu on the left for more information, and read the News section for developments and updates. Contact us at acpinfo@diplomacy.edu for more information. 

NEWS

Discussing .Africa: summary of key contributions

The key contributions posted during the debate on the ‘.Africa’ top-level Internet domain have been summarised, and are now available in .Africa - A summary of the online discussion

The online discussion emerged after debates took place during Diplo’s Addis Ababa and Pretoria workshops in 2011. The first call for online contributions attracted over 70 contributions, whereas by the end of the second call, 52 contributors had posted their feedback. 

The summary categorises the contributions into six areas: Why ‘.Africa’; The involvement and benefit for all; Application and set-up; Policy issues; Alternatives and iDNs; Developing capacity and awareness building. It was prepared by Jean Paul Nkurunziza, representing Burundi Youth Training Center and ISOC Burundi. 

The digital version was shared with African Union professionals and other institutions in Africa in the lead-up to the IGF meeting in Nairobi last month. The integral discussion, including all the online contributions, will remain available at http://discuss.diplomacy.edu/dotafrica

5 October 2011


Diplo launches two new publications

Diplo launched two publications – Emerging Leaders for the Digital World, and the Book of Abstracts – last week during the 6th Internet Governance Forum in Nairobi. [Download press release]

Ms Neelie Kroes, Vice-president of the European Commission, and European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, presided over the launch of Emerging Leaders for the Digital World at a special event on Wednesday, 28th September. The launch was also broadcast online. In her address to the Emerging Leaders, the Commissioner encouraged them to take up new opportunities. ‘You are already leaders in your communities’, she said, inspiring them to continue fostering this leadership role. She described the Emerging Leaders as a ‘hope’ for their countries.

Emerging Leaders for the Digital World features the experiences of some of the most active emerging leaders in Internet governance and ICT policy. They are playing a remarkable role in furthering regional training and education, and in driving debates, better understanding, and more support, on the meaningful use of ICTs and the Internet.

The Book of Abstracts presents the research work of some of the best participants of Diplo’s 2010/2011 educational and research programme. The authors are practitioners representing various stakeholders. Their professional and cultural backgrounds have a broad reach. Their work thus reflects their policy work experience combined with accumulated knowledge, introducing a fresh breeze of thought into the already well-mapped thematic field of IG.

To download a copy of Emerging Leaders for the Digital World, as well as individual extracts of the book, visit www.diplomacy.edu/acp/el.asp To download a copy of the Book of Abstracts, as well as full-text papers of many of the published abstracts, visit www.diplomacy.edu/links/BoA2011

For more details, download the press release here.

3 October 2011


Second draft of ‘.Africa’ debate available for comments

After attracting more than 70 contributions, the second version of the online discussion on the ‘.Africa’ debate is now available for further comments and recommendations. 

Diplo invites all those interested in the ‘.Africa’ debate to post comments and reflections on an issue which ‘should play a significant role in bringing Africans one step closer’. The new draft is available at http://discuss.diplomacy.edu/dotafrica

The introduction and management of  the ‘.Africa’ domain was discussed during two workshops on Internet Governance and ICT Policy (held in Addis Ababa on 6-8 April 2011, and in Pretoria on 12-14 April 2011), organised under Diplo’s Capacity Development Programme for ACP countries

Due to the many questions and dilemmas which the issue raised, Diplo undertook the initiative of hosting an online discussion while inviting comments from alumni, the broader Internet community, government representatives, international organisations, civil society, media and others interested in the introduction of the ‘.Africa’ domain.

The comments, reflections and recommendations received on the second draft of the ‘.Africa’ discussion will be presented during the 6th IGF in Nairobi. The September meeting will be an excellent opportunity to present the African experts’ and professionals’ inputs. 

8 August 2011


Upcoming regional IGF meetings

Regional IGF meetings are gathering momentum as the 6th IGF approaches, and are expected to attract a good number of stakeholders from each region.

Diplo will support these meetings by providing educational material on Internet governance, and by awarding a number of fellowships to the best participants of Diplo’s IG courses to attend the regional meetings.

The 4th West Africa IGF is taking place this week, on 27-29 July, in Lagos, Nigeria. It is being organised by the WA-IGF Consortium, led by the Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa (FOSSFA). Other members of the consortium include AfriNic, Panos West Africa, IISD, APC, ISOC, and ECOWAS). More info:
http://www.waigf.org

The 7th Caribbean IGF, and 4th LAC Preparatory Meeting for IGF, will take place on 9-11 August, at Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. It is being organised by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the Association for the Progress of Communications (APC), the Internet Society, the NUPEF Institute, and the Regional Internet Address Registry for Latin America and the Caribbean (LACNIC). More info:
http://www.ctu.int/events/details/50-latin-american-and-caribbean-convention-on-internet-governance

The 3rd Central African IGF is taking place 10-11 August in Brazzaville, Congo. It is being organised by the Centre Africain de Complémentarité Scolaire, Universitaire et de Promotion (CACSUP), and the Congolese ISOCchapter. More info:
www.fgiac.org

The first Southern Africa IGF is scheduled to take place from 1-3 September in Johannesburg. Discussions about the setting up of this regional IGF had been initiated during Diplo’s ICT training workshop in Pretoria in April. The regional IGF is now being organised by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), NEPAD e-Africa Programme, and the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONeT). More info:
http://www.ngopulse.org/blogs/southern-african-internet-governance-forum-call-expression-interest

A full list of regional IGFs is available at
http://www.intgovforum.org/cms/regional-igfs

25 July 2011

Webinar on 'The (remaining) challenges of Network Neutrality'

Should Internet service providers be allowed to place restrictions on access, or discriminate according to content, services, or applications? 

Should telecom providers be allowed to block access to Skype or other VoIP services to give preference to their own voice services? Chile and the Netherlands have already passed legislation prohibiting restrictions or discrimination on traffic. Will other countries follow suit?

The webinar, 'The (remaining) challenges of Network Neutrality', was hosted by Vladimir Radunovic on 5 July and was attended by Diplo students, alumni, and other professionals, from 21 different countries. A digest, including background reading and other resources, is available here.

The webinar was organised under Diplo’s Capacity Development Programme in ICT Policy and IG for ACP countries, supported by the European Commission and ACP Secretariat.

12 July 2011


ACP participants undergoing training in ICT policy and strategic planning

Diplo’s classrooms have once again welcomed participants from Africa, Caribbean and Pacific countries to discuss Internet governance issues.

Over 100 participants are taking part in ICT Policy and Strategic Planning, the online course which aims to assist participants in developing, monitoring, and evaluating effective national and regional ICT strategies.

The participants are grouped in six classes, and are being tutored by IG experts from ACP countries who successfully completed the Train the Trainers course

The online course aims to provide participants with a practical toolkit for advancing their regional and national ICT programmes. The course focuses on discussing and applying the various stages, approaches, methodologies, techniques and tips that are required for successfully designing and implementing national ICT agendas.

Read more about the online course here. For more info about Diplo’s Capacity Development Programme for ACP countries, visit www.diplomacy.edu/ACP/Programme

22 June 2011

IG training workshop in Burundi

DiploFoundation is assisting the Burundi Youth Training Centre (BYTC) in organising the ‘Internet Governance Training Workshop’, which takes place in Bujumbura, Burundi, on 28-29 June 2011.

The Internet Governance Training Workshop is aimed at raising awareness among participants on Internet governance issues, especially issues of local and regional significance.

BYTC helps young people in Burundi become competitive in the labour market by training them in ICT and Internet use, and by educating young people on aspects related to the information society. BYTC also offers IT support to the Collectif pour la Promotion des Association de Jeunes (CPAJ), an association of 22 youth organisations.

The Internet Governance Training Workshop will also benefit from the assistance of Centre Africain de Complémentarité Scolaire, Universitaire et de Promotion (CACSUP), from the Republic of Congo. 

Representatives from BYTC and CACSUP, as well as other regional organisations, will conduct the training. It will be delivered in French. 

22 June 2011


Online courses in Internet governance and ICT policy 

DiploFoundation is pleased to announce a call for applications for the online course in ICT Policy and Strategic Planning. The objective of the course is to provide participants with a practical toolkit for advancing their regional and national ICT programmes. The course will focus on discussing and applying the various stages, approaches, methodologies, techniques and tips that are required for successfully designing and implementing national ICT agendas. 

In addition, the following courses will also be offered: 
  • Cyber-Security 
  • Online Privacy and Data Protection 
  • Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) 
  • Infrastructure and Critical Internet Resources (CIRs) 
The courses offer in-depth (advanced) understanding on a wide range of topics. A full list of topics for each course is available at www.diplomacy.edu/links/advanced_overview 

The courses will take place from 13 June to 12 August 2011 and will be conducted online. They will take place on a web-based virtual classroom with Web 2.0 interaction tools (hypertext discussion tool, forums, message boards, real-time discussions, etc), allowing participants to complete most course activities whenever convenient within a given weekly schedule. 

A number of scholarships are available for ACP nationals. More details about the ICT Policy and Strategic Planning course, including topics, benefits, methodology and structure, scholarships, as well as the online application form, are available at www.diplomacy.edu/links/ICTstrategy. More details about the courses in Cyber-Security, Online Privacy and Data Protection, IPR, and Infrastructure and CIRs, are available at www.diplomacy.edu/links/ACP_2011_call_advanced. The deadline for applications is 24 May 2011, midnight GMT. For queries, contact us at acpinfo@diplomacy.edu

9 May 2011

ICT policy and IG discussed during two workshops in Africa

Over 60 officials from government, local and regional organisations, diplomats and representatives from the business sector recently took part in two ICT Policy and Internet Governance workshops in Africa.

The first, which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 6-8 April, was organised by Diplo in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission in Africa. The second, which took place in Pretoria, South Africa, on 12-14 April, was organised by Diplo in collaboration with NEPAD. Both were organised under Diplo’s Capacity Development Programme in ICT Policy and IG for ACP countries, supported by the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat.

The workshops focused on issues and actors in Internet governance with a special focus on regional priorities. The participants discussed the need for setting up IXPs in Africa, promoting local services and content, and attracting companies to provide their caching servers in Africa; possible relations between ICANN and international organisations; legal aspects including the link between individuals and territorial law, and authentication; and the protection of personal data.

Both workshops also discussed the launch of the Africa Internet Governance Forum, after its foundations were laid during the Addis Ababa workshop.

Participants who tweeted updates from the workshop were joined by remote observers who interacted via Twitter. The tweet streams during the Addis Ababa workshop can be viewed here, whereas the tweets posted during the Pretoria workshop can be viewed here.

The photo gallery for the Addis Ababa workshop is available here, while the gallery for the Pretoria workshop is available here.

2 May 2011

E-diplomacy workshop held in Addis Ababa

A workshop on e-diplomacy was recently organised by Diplo for African diplomats accredited to the UN in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

During the workshop, on 6 April, participants learned about the impact of the Internet on diplomacy and international relations, and ways in which the Internet can assist diplomats representing small and developing countries to perform their jobs more effectively. Participants also learned more about the Internet as a new topic on diplomatic agendas, and on its impact on African countries.

The workshop was organised in partnership with the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). It was organised under Diplo’s Capacity Development Programme in ICT Policy and IG for ACP countries. The programme and original announcement can be viewed here

2 May 2011