September 2014, Issue 11
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The main stage for the 2014 Internet Governance Forum at the Lutfi Kirdar Centre in Istanbul, Turkey. 
Photo Credit: Internet Governance Forum Facebook page

Championing Affordable Access at the 2014 Internet Governance Forum 

Over 3,500 participants in Istanbul, Turkey virtually debated and discussed the issues that will shape the future of the Internet last week at the ninth annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), the most attended and tweeted IGF to date. In a flurry of panels and workshops, everything from human rights and freedom of expression to privacy and surveillance were addressed. 

The A4AI and Web Foundation teams, including several of the alliance's members, advocated for the issue of affordable and reliable broadband access to be incorporated in all dimensions of the Internet governance discourse through participation in high level panels and workshops focused on connecting the unconnected.

The IGF was also an opportunity for A4AI to gather our more than 20 members and partners to meet in person and network with each other -- including representatives from the APC, Cisco, Google, MainOne, Microsoft, the Mozambique government, Research ICT Africa, USAID, U.S. State Department, and Volo Broadband, and a special appearance from U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Mignon Clyburn. 

You can view videos and transcripts of the workshops that A4AI participated in below: 

Technologies and Policies to Connect the Next Five Billion: video | transcript
Building Alliances to Enhance Internet Affordability: video | transcript


Universalising Broadband in Southern Africa 

At the request of the Communications Regulators Association of Southern Africa (CRASA), A4AI Policy Manager Kojo Boakye co-facilitated a broadband policy and planning workshop in Liliongwe, Malawi, August 14-16.  

Aimed at ICT ministries and regulators from the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Universalising Broadband in SADC Workshop afforded A4AI the opportunity to share knowledge about trends in broadband planning, and global examples of demand-side initiatives that have proved successful. 

At present, only two of 15 SADC countries have broadband policies/plans. The other 13 will have to create broadband plans and implement them if they are to achieve their national broadband goals and contribute to achieving the aims of
Digital SADC by 2027. The workshop culminated in the development of a communiqué that reflects the need for SADC countries to, amongst other things, focus on affordability issues, as well as many of A4AI’s guiding principles.

Photo credit:
Brian Dell (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

In this issue: 

Research Update & Membership | Member Feature Engage with A4AI
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Research Update

Brazil Case Study Published

A4AI recently released its case study on Brazil, a country widely considered a success story in affordable access. Fixed-line broadband prices stand at around 2 percent of monthly gross national income (GNI) per capita — well below the UN Broadband Commission’s target of 5 percent

Yet this large country still faces many challenges, including a rural Internet penetration rate of only 10 percent, versus a rate of 44 percent in urban areas. 
In fact, only 22 percent of rural dwellers have ever used the Internet.

You can download the full report

Photo Credit: Boris G, Creative Commons 2.0 Flickr

Affordability Report 2014 Update

Field research for the 2014 Affordability Report will soon be ending, and the A4AI research team is analyzing the initial results from the field. Lishan Adam, an experienced ICT researcher and policy writer is working with A4AI to support the analysis and drafting of the report.

In November, A4AI will convene an experts workshop in Cape Town, South Africa to share and discuss findings of the 2014 Affordability Report in detail. We will share further details of the workshop with members of the Affordability Research Working Group as they become available.

If you are not yet a member of the working group and would like to join, please contact to receive details of the requirements and level of commitment involved. 

Membership Update

We are excited to welcome the following new members and local partners to A4AI:

Local Partner

Member Feature: GSMA Mobile 360 Africa Summit


A4AI member GSMA will be holding its Mobile 360 Africa Summit from November 5-7 in Cape Town, South Africa. A4AI Executive Director Sonia Jorge will be a featured speaker at the summit.

Discounted Registration for All A4AI Members Available: 

All A4AI members are entitled to 15% off the registration price for the Africa Summit. Please e-mail if you would like to receive a discount code. 
Engage with A4AI! 
Upcoming Events 

All members are invited to attend our presentations, panels, and forums. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting with our team at any of the below events, please e-mail  
September 15-25

UN General Assembly 68th Session 
New York, USA

*A4AI Africa Regional Coordinator Nnenna Nwakanma will be attending. 

September 16-17

Lagos, Nigeria

*A4AI Policy Manager Kojo Boakye is moderating a panel on September 16 entitled "Regulatory roundtable: Unlocking growth potential through robust national broadband plans". 
  New York, USA 

*A4AI Executive Director Sonia Jorge will be attending. 
September 24-26

Intel Latin America & the Caribbean Broadband and USF Leaders Forum 
Guadalajara, Mexico

*Sonia Jorge and A4AI LAC Coordinator Yacine Khelladi will be attending. 

October 21

A4AI Advisory Council Meeting
Web Foundation Office
Washington, DC

November 5-7

GSMA Mobile 360 Africa Summit
Cape Town, South Africa

*Sonia Jorge will speak at the event. 

November 18-20

A4AI-Mozambique Coalition Meeting & Data Collection Workshop
Maputo, Mozambique
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