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Wednesday, September 3 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
WS118: Discussion on multistakeholderism in Africa

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The proposed workshop has the format of a roundtable during which participants from different stakeholder groups will discuss the results of RIA research conducted, some of which has been undertaken with NEPAD Agency, on mapping multistakeholders participation in Internet governance from an African perspective..
Specifically, participants will be invited to consider how factors such as low level of Internet access and use, low quality of service and high prices of broadband intersect with the notion of multistakeholder participation as a form of deliberative democracy for Internet governance - which is often informed by assumptions from more mature markets and the human rights frameworks of Western democracies.
Participants will explore the evolution of multistakeholders participation through consideration of the main international, regional and national processes/mechanisms of the Internet governance ecosystem from an Africa perspective.
Some specific issues that will be highlighted include:
- What these initiatives have achieved in terms of enabling or constraining the development of an open Internet;
- what has been the level and effectiveness of participation of African stakeholders in these processes;
- why have they not been able to fully develop an African agenda on Internet governance


Titi Akinsanmi

Mrs. Titi Akinsanmi is focussed on technology policy and research in Africa. She holds a Masters in Management from the University of Witswatersrand. Her experience spans both the public and private sectors consulting for a range of international institutions including AfriNIC, the World Bank Institute, IICD, Mindset, UN-GAID, UNECA, SchoolNet Africa and MTech Communications. She has initiated, managed and or led delivery on projects and... Read More →

Alison Gillwald

Executive Director
Alison Gillwald is Executive Director of Research ICT Africa and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business, Management of Infrastructure Reform and Regulation programme. Prior to this she was Associate Professor at the Witwatersrand University’s Graduate School of Public and Development Management, where she founded the Learning Information Networking and Knowledge (LINK) Centre in 1999 with... Read More →

Omobola Johnson

Dr (Mrs) Omobola Johnson is Nigeria's Honorable Minister of Communication Technology. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Manchester, a Master’s degree in Digital Electronics from King's College, London and a Doctor of Business Administration degree in the School of Management from Cranfield University. She joined Accenture, an international management consulting firm in 1985 and... Read More →

Edmund Katiti

NEPAD Agency

Remote Moderators

Towela Nyirenda Jere

Programmes Manager, NEPAD Agency
I am a graduate of the inaugural ISOC Next Generation Leaders Programme; have completed several Internet Governance training programmes offered by the Diplo Foundation (Introductory and Advanced phases; Internet Governance Strategy, Policy and Research); have attended the European Summer School on Internet Governance (Euro-SSIG) and have received fellowships from ICANN and AfriNIC; I was instrumental in getting the NEPAD Agency’s... Read More →

Wednesday September 3, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Workshop Room 10 (Rumeli -1 Floor / Room 7 + 8)