Recipes for success: The funding dimensions of capacity development

DiploFoundation / Geneva Internet Platform

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Session 200

13:15–14:00, Thursday, 22 March 2018 Room K2, ITU Montbrillant Thematic Workshop Speakers/Panellists  Link to WSIS Action Lines  Link to SDGs  Summary Document 

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The need for capacity development is voiced substantively and regularly in calls for action, meetings, and official speeches. Yet, the funding dimension often presents the biggest challenge.

Quality capacity development requires significant resources. It requires an understanding of the needs of the community, and substantial efforts to develop and deliver training that is based on the needs of the community. The impact can be further strengthened with immersion opportunities, and with continuous training.

Those most in need, such as those from least developed countries (LDCs), find it hard to allocate the funds to support such initiatives. Several  countries (e.g. Switzerland, and the Geneva Internet Platform project) have gone beyond their own capacity development needs and expanded their provision to the global community.

Yet, the funding dimension presents a recurrent issue. Whose responsibility is it to support capacity development with  adequate funding structures? Does the responsibility lie with developed country governments, with the private sector, or with the numerous foundations or NGOs? What, if any, is the responsibility of participants to self-fund? How can countries prioritise the need for capacity development in digital policy, at a time when digital technology is permeating economies, infrastructures, and future developments worldwide?

The proposed session will be participant-driven, with lead participants presenting  a 2-minute pitch in which they will explicitly describe a particular problem and suggest an approach to finding solutions. The subsequent discussion, led by an experienced moderator, will lead the session to conclude with approximately 5 action points on the funding dimension of capacity development.


Ms Marilia Maciel, Senior Researcher Digital Policy, DiploFoundation


  • Dr Susan Teltscher, Head, Human Capacity Building Division, International Telecommunication Union
  • Ms Sarah Gaffney, Senior Partnerships Manager, GSMA
  • Mr Michael Kleiner, Economic Development Officer, Directorate General for Economic Development, Research and Innovation, Republic and State of Geneva
  • Mr James Howe, Senior Adviser, International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • Prof. Jovan Kurbalija, Director of DiploFoundation and Head of the Geneva Internet Platform

Session's link to WSIS Action Lines

  • AL C1 logo C1. The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development
  • AL C2 logo C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3 logo C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C4 logo C4. Capacity building
  • AL C5 logo C5. Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs
  • AL C7 e-Lea logo C7. ICT Applications: E-learning

Session's link to Sustainable Development Process

  • Goal 4: Quality education logo Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure logo Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

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