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Friday, May 18 • 09:00 - 10:15
The elephant in the room: the funding dimension of capacity development

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The need for capacity development is voiced substantively and regularly in official speeches and documents. Experienced facilitators and consultants are active in this area. However, supply and demand do not always match. Quality capacity development requires resources, and very often those most qualified in education cannot devote the time and effort required for fundraising. Who should pay for capacity development activities? Those most in need, such as those from least developed countries (LDCs), find it difficult to pay. Several pioneer countries (e.g. Switzerland, with the Geneva Internet Platform project) have gone beyond their own capacity development needs and expanded their provision to the global community. Going further, should the responsibility for funding 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?

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Sarah Gaffney

Director, Partnerships - Capacity Building, GSMA
Sarah is the Director of Partnerships for the GSMA's Regulatory Capacity Building Programme. The programme delivers free training to regulatory and policymaking professionals globally on a wide range of important telecommunications topics, including; Mobile for Socio-Economic Development... Read More →
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Evelyn Namara

Global Community Engagement Manager, Internet Society
Evelyn is the Global Community Engagement Manager with the Internet Society. She works on defining, managing and coordinating community engagement and mobilization activities across departments to support the Organizational objectives.She also leads and coordinates the development... Read More →
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Livia Walpen

Advisor International Relations, Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM)
I work as an Advisor for International Relations at the Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM). In this capacity, I follow the activities of several international fora concerned with global digital policy, including the UN Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the European Dialogue... Read More →

Friday May 18, 2018 09:00 - 10:15 EDT