The concept for Dynamic Coalitions (DCs) first emerged at the IGF's inaugural meeting in Athens in 2006, with a number of coalitions establishing themselves at that time. They are open, multistakeholder groups dedicated to an Internet governance issue or set of issues.
DCs welcome any individual interested in contributing to their activities. Please see detailed information for each DC below, including how to join. Access to all open individual DC Meetings is available via the IGF Calendar.
More information about DC Coordination activities for 2021 and 2020.
IGF Dynamic Coalitions: Digital cooperation in practice | DC report open for public comment
Throughout 2021, Dynamic Coalitions (DCs), supported by the IGF Secretariat, have worked on a report documenting the history of DCs, providing insight into their work and processes, and analysing their further potential. The report is intended to contribute to a better understanding of the worth of coalitions and their contribution to current IGF processes, as well as to shaping the future of the IGF. In addition to documenting the current state of affairs related to the work of DCs and their role within the IGF ecosystem, this document also highlights suggestions and recommendations that could contribute to strengthening DCs and enhancing their contribution to the IGF.
The IGF community is invited to review the report and provide comments by 14 November (at coalitions[at]intgovforum.org). These will be considered in the preparation of the final version of the report, to be discussed at the IGF 2021 meeting in December 2021.
[New] A public session will be hosted on 19 November to discuss the DC report. See details and register.
How to Start a Dynamic Coalition Recognised by the IGF Secretariat
To establish a Dynamic Coalition, interested individuals are advised to first hold a meeting and express the need for creating their coalition. DCs are required to produce a written statement which should outline:
- The need for the dynamic coalition
- An action plan
- A mailing list
- The contact person(s)
- A list of representatives from at least three stakeholder groups
It is also recommended that the support of different stakeholder groups in creating the coalition is illustrated. Whilst not compulsory, setting up a webpage or a blog is highly recommended.
If you are planning to create a dynamic coalition, please contact the IGF Secretariat. The Secretariat will carefully review the request to form a coalition and will inform you of the result.
Guidelines for Dynamic Coalition Work
- Once established, coalitions must follow three basic principles of inclusiveness and transparency for carrying out their work:
- Open membership
- Open mailing lists
- Open archives
- DCs must also ensure their statements and outputs reflect minority or dissenting viewpoints.
- DCs should follow further guidelines laid out in the Dynamic Coalition Coordination Group ToR, which is applicable to all DCs.
- DCs should adhere to guidelines for managing their individual mailing lists, in particular as regards conduct on the mailing list, as specified here.
These guidelines were conceived by DCs themselves in their coordination meetings and through joint discussion on the DC coordination mailing list.
- Coalitions are also asked to submit a yearly report to the IGF secretariat as an update of their activities and to demonstrate they are active.
- This report is also required if the DC wishes to be considered eligible for an individual meeting slot at the annual IGF meeting.
- The annual report should provide an overview of the DC’s activities for the year, including:
- Any events organised/attended
- DC meetings held
- Outcomes realised, and/or information about a substantive output for the annual IGF.
Substantive outputs in the past have included an edited volume of research from an array of contributors pertaining to the DC’s focus area(s), the creation of a charter that outlines the guiding principles, code of practice, and leadership structure of the DC, and any other work completed to improve the overall work of the IGF.
- The annual report should not be confused with:
- The DC session report, which is submitted at the end of a DC session during the annual IGF summarising the discussion.
- Substantive output that the DC collectively produces to realise its mission and objectives.
- The yearly reporting period is 1 January to 31 December.
- All DCs are expected to submit their annual report to the IGF Secretariat for the previous year by 31 January to be considered active.
If a DC cannot provide this, and if after a discussion with the Secretariat, it is determined they are no longer truly active, they will be listed among the inactive coalitions.
- Coordinators are strongly encouraged to keep up-to-date on the DC community's activities, including joint, cross-DC activities, by subscribing to and participating in the DC mailing listand consulting theDC Coordination page.
2017 and 2018 versions of a comprehensive Briefing Document were shared with the IGF's Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), and provide useful overviews of the individual and joint work of DCs during the 2017 and 2018 cycles.
The Dynamic Coalition Coordination Group (DCCG)
Each DC is invited to volunteer one or two of its members to join the DCCG and its regular monthly meetings. DCCG meetings are open and all DC members are invited to attend.
To be a part of coordination activities, please subscribe to the DC mailing list. All news about upcoming meetings and coordination work will be available on the list, including details on how to participate in the meetings, as well as on the dedicated DC Coordination page.
The DCCG is guided by its Terms of Reference.