SEEDIG partners

Who supports us and how?

Meet SEEDIG's partners

Strategic partners

Partnering with SEEDIG: information about
partner categories

SEEDIG is proud of its cooperation with a wide range of stakeholders such as UN bodies, key European institutions (European Commission, Council of Europe), key actors on the Internet governance scene (e.g. Internet Society, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, RIPE Network Coodination Centre), national regulatory authorities, business associations, civil society organisations, and academic institutions throughout the SEE+ region. By supporting SEEDIG, our partners and sponsors contribute to developing our activities and projects, exchanging knowledge and experience, and furthering the development of the digital tech and policy ecosystem in the SEE+ region.

During five years of SEEDIG existence, we have managed to gain experience in promoting our partners and sponsors, their brands and the great support which they provide to the regional Internet governance and digital policy community. Every year, around 200 individuals participate in our meetings and capacity building programmes. We are always pleased to welcome our partners and sponsors at these events, where they can showcase their work and  share information about the opportunities they provide.

There are several possibilities of cooperating with SEEDIG. This can be done through official partnerships, sponsorships, mutual presence at meetings, capacity building activities, and much more! Being a one of a kind initiative in the SEE+ region, SEEDIG offers partners a prime chance to expand their regional outreach and build new collaborations with leading stakeholders working in the field of digital tech and policy. SEEDIG also collaborates with its international and regional partners on several capacity building initiatives of mutual interest (such as the SEEDIG Youth School and the School on Internet Governance, Digital Policies and Innovation).

SEEDIG offers the following partner statuses: strategic partners, associate partners, host, local partners, and sponsors and donors (this last category can overlap with any of the categories above). Details on the requirements, role and benefits of partners under these categories are provided below.

Strategic partners

Requirements

SEEDIG’s strategic partners are:

◽️ International and regional (European and South East European) organisations recognised for their valuable and high-standard works in the field of Internet governance and digital tech and policy, and which have supported SEEDIG for two or more consecutive years.

◽️ Examples: intergovernmental organisations, technical organisations, business associations, international/regional civil society organisations or think-thanks.

◽️ National entities based in the SEE+ region which are recognised for their work in the fields of Internet governance and digital tech and policy, and which have supported SEEDIG for two or more consecutive years.

◽️ Examples: ministries, national regulatory authorities, national business associations, ccTLD registries, civil society organisations, etc. 

Role

They support SEEDIG in one or more of the following ways:

◽️ Provide advice on strategic issues.

◽️ Contribute to the planning process for the annual meeting and provide institutional support.

◽️ Support and contribute to SEEDIG capacity development programmes and  intersessional activities. 

◽️ Support SEEDIG’s outreach efforts.

◽️ Share knowledge, networks and connections.

◽️ Some are also key financial contributors to SEEDIG or provide in-kind support for SEEDIG activities.

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SEEDIG strategic partners may be consulted on SEEDIG-related strategic matters and, in such cases, their views are considered in decision-making processes. But at no point should partners be held responsible for decisions and developments within SEEDIG; such responsibility rests with the SEEDIG Executive Committee and the SEEDIG community. 

Benefits

Entities recognised as strategic partners:

◽️ Are consulted on strategic matters, such as: host countries and dates for annual meetings, establishment of a SEEDIG legal entity, launch of new activities, etc.

◽️ Their representatives are invited as speakers and trainers for SEEDIG annual meetings, intersessional activities and capacity building programmes.

◽️ Are regularly informed about developments within SEEDIG.

◽️ The name, logo and a link to these organisations’ official websites are displayed on the SEEDIG website on a permanent basis. Additional promotion will be granted during SEEDIG events (placing logo on event materials, displaying banner, distributing information materials, acknowledgement at opening ceremonies, etc.).

Associate partners

Requirements

◽️ SEEDIG’s associate partners are national entities based in the SEE+ region which are recognised for their work in the fields of Internet governance and digital tech and policy, and which express interest in supporting SEEDIG on a long term basis. 

◽️ Such entities can be ministries, national regulatory authorities, national business associations, ccTLD registries, civil society organisations, etc. 

◽️ After two years of active support, these entities can join the category of strategic partners.

Role

Associate partners commit to supporting SEEDIG in one or more of the following ways:

◽️ Contribute to the planning process for the annual meeting and provide institutional support.

◽️ Support and contribute to SEEDIG capacity development programmes and  intersessional activities. 

◽️ Support SEEDIG’s outreach efforts.

◽️ Share knowledge, networks and connections.

◽️ Provide financial or in-kind support for SEEDIG activities.

Benefits

Entities recognised as associate partners:

◽️Are regularly informed about developments within SEEDIG.

◽️The name, logo and a link to these entities’ official websites are displayed on the SEEDIG website on a permanent basis. Additional promotion will be granted during specific SEEDIG activities supported by these entities.

Host for a SEEDIG annual meeting

Requirements and role

The host is local entity in the host country of a SEEDIG annual meeting which:

◽️ Provides the venue for the SEEDIG annual meeting and, where possible, other types of financial or in-kind support.

◽️ Takes the main responsibility for planning the meeting from a logistics point of view, in cooperation with the SEEDIG Executive Committee and local partners.*

◽️ Engages in fundraising efforts at the national level and concludes necessary agreements in the host country.

◽️ Contributes to outreach efforts regarding the annual meeting at the national and regional level.

◽️ Contributes to the programme planning process for the annual meeting and participates in the meeting.

Benefits

◽️The host is directly involved in all decisions related to the logistical aspects of a SEEDIG annual meeting (date of the event, location, etc.).

◽️It provides advice on the programme for the SEEDIG annual meeting, to ensure that issues of local interest are reflected in the programme.

◽️It participates with high-level representation at the opening session.

◽️The name, logo and a link to the host’s official websites will be displayed on the SEEDIG website during the whole relevant SEEDIG cycle. 

◽️Additional promotion will be granted during the SEEDIG annual meeting (placing logo on event materials, displaying banner, distributing information materials, acknowledgement at opening ceremony, etc.).

Local partners

Requirements and role

SEEDIG local partners are entities in the host country which support SEEDIG in one or more of the following ways:

◽️ Contribute to outreach efforts regarding the annual meeting at the national and regional level.

◽️ Allocate financial or in-kind support for the annual meeting. 

◽️ Contribute to the planning process for the annual meeting and participate in the meeting.

After the annual meeting, local partners are welcome to become associate partners if they wish to continue supporting SEEDIG.

Possible local partners

SEEDIG local partners usually include:

◽️ National parliaments (e.g. through parliamentary committees)

◽️ Ministries, national regulatory authorities and other national and local public authorities

◽️ Universities

◽️ Private sector and technical community associations

◽️ ccTLD registries

◽️ Civil society organisations

◽️ Media outlets, etc.

Benefits

◽️Local partners are invited to contribute to the preparation and organisation of the SEEDIG annual meeting (by engaging with the Programme Committee, getting speaking slots where appropriate, etc.).

◽️The name, logo and a link to these organisations’ official websites will be displayed on the SEEDIG website during the relevant SEEDIG cycle.

◽️Additional promotion will be granted during the SEEDIG annual meeting (placing logo on event materials, displaying banner, distributing information materials, acknowledgement at opening ceremony, etc.).

Sponsors and donors

Role

◽️ Our sponsors and donors are international, regional (European and South East European) or local entities which support SEEDIG with financial or in-kind contributions. Such contributions can be allocated to SEEDIG in general or be targeted for specific activities (e.g. annual meetings, capacity development programmes, intersessional activities).

Benefits

◽️ SEEDIG sponsors have an opportunity to increase their visibility among the regional digital tech and policy communities, while also demonstrating their support to the sustainable digital development of the SEE+ region.

Notes

* The financial or in-kind contribution of the host entity to the organisation of the annual meeting is subject to negotiation and agreement with the SEEDIG Executive Committee. SEEDIG does NOT expect the host entity to cover all costs of the event. The host’s main responsibility is to secure the venue for the event; the other costs can be covered from donations from local, regional and international partners.

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