Financing Mechanisms in the WSIS Context
  Facts, Ressources, Events, and Links
  "Financing" has been the last conflictive isse to be resolved before the first World Summit on the Information Society took place in December 2003. There has not been a real solution, though, as the governments agreed to not agree and set up a Task Force to study existing and possible new financing mechanisms. The report was published in January 2005.

WSIS second phase: drafts of official summit documents on finance

PrepCom-2 (Geneva, 17-25 February 2005)

WSIS Task Force on Financing Mechanisms (TFFM)
Administered by UNDP
Contact: Radhika Lal <radhika.lal(at)>, Tel. +1-212-906-5020.
Official Website

  • Final report (22 December 2004)
  • Schedule of activities, 23 June 2004
  • Brief on TF on Financing, by Shoji Nishimoto (UNDP), Assistant Administrator and Director of UNDP's Bureau for Development Policy at PrepCom 2, Hammamet, 23 June 2004 
  • TFFM Issues Paper, released for the first meeting of the TFFM on 4 October 2004
  • TFFM launched at UN Headquarters, UN press release (with members list), 6 October 2004
  • TFFM meetings:
    - TFFM founding meeting, 4 October 2004, UNDP, New York
    - TFFM consultation meeting with Group of the Friends of the Chair (GFC): 16 November, UN Palace, Geneva, open to observers.
    - final TFFM meeting: 29 November, UNDP, New York

Online Forum on Financing Mechanisms
25 October to 25 November, 2004
Go to the forum | More on the forum

WSIS Civil Society Finance Caucus
Contact: Djilali Benamrane, <dbenamrane(at)>
WebsiteMailing list | Archive

Digital Solidarity Fund
The contested "digital solidarity fund" has been set up on 1 October 2004 as a voluntary action by Senegal, Dominican Republic, and number of cities like Geneva, Paris and others.
Contact / more information: or

Civil society and other papers on financing

  • Financing Information and Communication Infrastructure Needs in the Developing World: Public and Private Roles (draft)
    by the World Bank's Global Information and Communication Technologies Department, 28 February 2005
    Contact: Charles Kenny, Senior Economist, Global ICT Department (
    dowload pdf in English | download press release, pdf, English
  • "Anregungen zur WSIS-Finanzierungsdebatte und zur Umsetzung davon abhńngiger Ma▀nahmen"
    Prof. Rainer Kuhlen, University Konstanz, for the German WSIS Civil Society Coordination Group, 5 February 2004
    Download rtf in German
  • "Who pays for the Information Society? Challenges and Issues on financing the Information Society"
    edited by Bread for All and Comunica-ch (Swiss Civil Society platform for the Information society), February 2005
    Download pdf in English
  • Financial mechanisms for the information society from a global public goods perspective
    by Fernando Prada, Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM), January 2005
    Download pdf in English | Espa˝ol | Franšais
  • Financing ICTs for Development with Focus on Poverty
    by Lishan Adam, University of Stellenbosch, prepared for Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM), January 2005
    Download pdf in English | Espa˝ol | Franšais 
  • The funding of universal access
    By JoŰlle Carron,
    Download pdf in English | Espa˝ol | Franšais | Arabic
  • Community ownership of ICTs: New possibilities for poor communities, briefing paper
    By Seßn Ë Siochr˙, Nexus Research Cooperative, Dublin
    Download pdf in English | Espa˝ol | Franšais | Arabic
  • Progress and issues in Financing ICT4D in Sub-Saharan Africa, briefing paper
    By Lishan Adam, University of Stellenbosch
    Download pdf in English | Espa˝ol | Franšais | Arabic
  • A systemic Vision for Financing the Information Society as a Global Public Good, briefing paper
    By Fernando Prada, Instituto del Tercer Mundo (ITeM)
    Download pdf in English | Espa˝ol | FranšaisArabic 
  • PossibilitÚs de financement dans la sociÚtÚ de l'information: recherche de donnÚes sur la Suisse, PrÚ-Útude rÚalisÚe pour Pain pour le Prochain
    By JoŰlle Carron in collaboration with Chantal Peyer, October 2004
    Download rtf in French
  • Financing the Information Society in the South: A Global Public Goods Perspective
    By Pablo Accuosto and Niki Johnson, June 2004, commissioned by APC
    download pdf in English
  • Networking Communities In The South -- Challenges For Diverse Actors: Remittance, Microfinance And Technology
    By Scott Robinson(June 2004)
    download pdf in English
  • Financing measures for overcoming digital divides
    By Rainer Kuhlen, June 2004
    download rtf in English
  • Comunica-ch: Groupe de travail ź financement et solidaritÚ Nord-Sud ╗
    draft, April 2004
    download rtf in French
  • Civil Society Statement on Information and Communication Solidarity Funding Mechanisms
    submitted to PrepCom 3 by the Civil Society Content and Themes Subcommittee with inputs from those present at the South-South and Friends of the South Meeting, 25 September 2003

Financing news from 


About this website
Privacy Policy

from WSIS 2003...

WSIS I, Geneva 12/2003
Official and inofficial outcomes WSIS 2005

official WSIS site
UN NGLS site

HBF publications on WSIS:
Visions in Process I (pdf)
Visions in Process II (pdf, 4 KB)

WSIS II Events:
International | German
PrepCom1, June 2004
PrepCom2, February 2005
PrepCom3, September 2005
PrepCom3a, Oct/Nov 2005
WSIS Summit, November 2005

WSIS II Issues:
Financing for ICT4D
Internet Governance

Civil Society @ WSIS

Structure and Working Groups

joint Civil Society Documents

German NGO Coordination

Contact and News

German Civil Society activities 

Charter of Civil Rights for a Sustainable  Knowledge Society

pdf: deutsch | english 
       francais | espanol arabic
rtf:   deutsch | english
       francais | espanol arabic
On the Way Towards the Charter