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Policy Network on Meaningful Access (PNMA)

2022 PNMA CALL FOR INPUTS (OPEN UNTIL 18 SEPTEMBER 2022, 23:59 UTC)

The Policy Network on Meaningful Access and its Multistakeholder Working Group of experts (PNMA MWG) invite the IGF community and any interested stakeholder to share stories, case studies, local experiences, and implemented practices under this year’s three focus areas of work:
● Connectivity (infrastructure and business models, analysed within the framework of the Roadmap for Digital Cooperation)
● Digital Inclusion (accessibility and multilingualism), with special attention to local contents in local languages, helping the digital transition of existing experiences
● Capacity Development (technical skills training)

The PNMA is especially interested in gathering successful cases of good practices on multilingualism/content in local language and innovative examples of use of digital tools in order to improve life conditions of the users. All submissions regardless of the focus area can refer to newly established, ongoing, or previous projects, showcasing what works in their approach, what has not worked, and lessons learned from the experience. Based on the information collected, the policy network can identify whether policy actions have facilitated or encouraged increased meaningful access.

Selected contributions will be featured in the network’s 2022 output report. All complete and appreciated submissions will be added to a forthcoming PNMA’s repository of good practices which will be made available on our webpage.

 

Please refer to the complete Call for Inputs and submit your contribution until 18 September 23:59 UTC.

 

For access to the Internet to make a meaningful contribution to improving people’s lives locally, for ‎strengthening national economies, and more broadly to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals ‎‎(SDGs), it has to be approached holistically. While access to infrastructure is critical, without this access ‎being inclusive, useful, sustainable and affordable, and linked to human capacity development and ‎relevant content that can make it so, it will not achieve its positive potential.‎

Availability of free content and services in local languages offering appropriate services and materials ‎tailor-made on the basis of the needs of local citizens (treated not only as consumers or users, but as ‎informed citizens in their own right) is as important as providing accessible connection. The concept of ‎meaningful access or connectivity has emerged over the last five years in response to the growing ‎body of evidence that even when people have connectivity, they often do not make use of the ‎Internet.

Policy Network on Meaningful Access (PNMA)

Through facilitation of its dedicated multistakeholder working group of experts, the PNMA provides in-depth look at why achieving meaningful and universal Internet access remains ‎so challenging, in spite of years of efforts by policy makers and other actors from all stakeholder ‎groups. It aims to assess and gather good practices and policy recommendations already discussed at the ‎IGF; identify what the key barriers are to these not being implemented and facilitate networking ‎among actors from all stakeholder groups that are concerned with the topic. ‎It also works toward providing linkages between the existing efforts and the many stakeholders in the IGF who are ‎undertaking related efforts, as well as create opportunities for the voices of those who are affected by ‎the lack of meaningful access to be part of policy debate and development.‎

LEARN MORE ABOUT IGF 2022 PNMA AND CONTRIBUTE

Building on the achievements made in 2021, the IGF 2022 PNMA work is focused on the three overarching thematic work-streams:

  • Connectivity
  • Digital Inclusion
  • Capacity Development

To learn more about IGF 2022 PNMA and get engaged, please click here

In support of   SDGs