Call for Participants: IGMENA Announces Writing Competition for Fellowship Opportunity  

Selected fellows will represent Arab civil society at the United Nations Internet Governance Forum (IGF) in Istanbul, Turkey 2-5 September 2014
Hivos is pleased to announce the launch of a programme for selected fellows to attend the IGF through its programme IGMENA ( This opportunity is specifically developed for civic actors from the Arab region who have previously participated in Hivos training programmes on Internet Governance in the past two years.
The ninth meeting of the Internet Governance Forum will take place in Istanbul Turkey, 2-5 September 2014. This year’s theme is "Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance." 
This year will mark the first time a large civil society group from the Arab region will be present at the meeting, which gathers Internet policy decision-makers from governments and large corporations in the Internet industry from around the world.
The fellowship programme aims to engage civic actors from the region in the global discussion on IG and policies to bring forth regional IG issues to the international IG community during this crucial time in which the management of the Internet is under close scrutiny.
Therefore it is important that the selected fellows have an understanding of the main issues and are familiar with the discourse on the local and regional level.
In the light of this, blog posts submitted as part of the application process should focus on one or more of the following topics: 
  • Policies Enabling Access;
  • Internet as an Engine for Growth and Development;
  • Enhancing Digital Trust;
  • Internet and Human Rights;
  • Content Creation, Dissemination, and Use
Candidates should link the writing submission to their country of origin and/or to the Arab region. Submissions should be able to provide specific case studies highlighting the challenges encountered and recommendations to policy-makers to address the issues at stake. Submissions should be 500-1000 words, written in English or Arabic.
How to Apply
Email your blog post as a Word attachment to [email protected] by 21 July 2014, 23:00 GMT.  Send with the subject line: “Submission for IGF 2014 Fellowship Programme”. (There is no need to write a letter of interest.)
Include the following information in the body of the email message:
  • Name
  • Nationality
  • Current professional and/or academic affiliation(s)
  • The date (month/year) and location (city) of the Hivos training you were in.

In addition to writing a blog post, candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • Previously participated in an IG training with Hivos;
  • Available to attend the entire event (2-5 September);
  • Committed to actively participating in the forum’s proceedings and reporting back to the IGMENA community;
  • English fluency.
7 July: Publishing the Call
21 July: Deadline for Submissions
30 July: Announcing the Winners
1-31 August:  Preparation and Logistics

About IGF

Founded in 2006, the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) was created by the United Nations as “a new forum for multistakeholder policy dialogue.” The mandate of the IGF, set out in Paragraph 72 of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, is to discuss the main public policy issues related to Internet governance in order to foster the sustainability, robustness, security, stability and development of the Internet.
For more information about IGF:  

Hivos’ Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa Region programme (IGMENA) focuses mainly on bringing voices together from the Arab region on Internet Governance and policies. It has the main objectives of promoting Internet Governance and increasing the space for Freedom of Expression and Freedom of Information in the MENA region.
For more information about IGMENA:

About Hivos

Hivos is an international development organisation guided by humanist values. Together with local civil society organisations in developing countries, Hivos wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world. A world in which all citizens – both women and men – have equal access to opportunities and resources for development and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future.
For more information about Hivos:

 Click here to download the Call for Participants.