Selected Fellows Will Travel to Istanbul for IGF 2014  

Hivos proudly announces the selection of a number of fellows to attend the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF) through its programme IGMENA. Bringing together a variety of backgrounds and interests, the fellows represent seven countries in the MENA region. This initiative provides fellows a unique opportunity to connect and discourse with stakeholders from across the globe on Internet Governance issues. 

Hosted in Istanbul, 2-5 September 2014, 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.

In order for the multistakeholder approach to be embraced in MENA, there need to be citizens who are well-versed on the topic of IG and human rights so that they can fully participate in the process and advocate effectively for the interests of civil society. 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.
This fellowship programme also aims to:
  • Engage civil society representatives from the region on equal footing with different stakeholders in the international discussion over IG and policies.
  • Reinforce the interconnectness of civic participation in IG and the protection and promotion of human rights.
  • Promote the exchange of ideas and encourage critical thinking through writing opinion pieces and case studies to be shared with the broader IG community which could contribute to enhancing Internet policies on the local as well as regional level.
  • Identify civic actors who want to take their knowledge and skills in IG to the next level and take part in raising the awareness of the local community.

As part of the application process, candidates demonstrated their understanding of issues related to IG in the form of blog posts. Throughout the month of August, IGMENA will feature several of their submissions on our blog.

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. The ninth meeting of the Internet Governance Forum will take place in Istanbul, 2-5 September 2014. This year’s theme is “Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance.” 
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Hivos’ Internet Governance in the Middle East and North Africa Region programme (IGMENA) focuses mainly on bringing voices together from the MENA 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.
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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.
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