The applications review process was challenging. After following a careful evaluation and selection process, 30 candidates were granted fellowships to undertake the online training programme. It is worth mentioning that some of the selected candidates were previously involved in the programme’s activities and showed interest in receiving further training on IG and advancing their understanding of Internet-related policies.
The training was launched last week with an orientation session to help participants meet each other and get acquainted with the online classroom and tools.
The ten-week course, "Introduction to Internet Governance" introduces IG policy and covers main issues, including legal, economic, sociocultural, and development aspects, infrastructure and standardisation, and a section on IG processes and actors. This course is based on a collaborative learning approach and expects participants to share their knowledge and experience through discussion and interaction within the classroom.
The course aims at providing participants with the knowledge and tools to be able to understand Internet-related terminology, concepts and issues; discuss international aspects of IG; talk about the institutional and negotiation aspects of IG; be aware of different regional and professional understandings and approaches to IG; and join the IG policy processes on national, regional, and global levels.
After opening the Call for Participation: Online Training Programme on Internet Governance and Policy in Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Hivos received more than 150 applications from Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. Applicants were mainly youth activists, bloggers, journalists, students and civil society actors. Whilst only a few applicants have a technical background, the majority expressed interest in learning about Internet Governance (IG); particularly human rights issues.