This category will include courses aimed at regulators and policymakers involving community networks, innovative sprectrum management, enabling regulatory environments, regulating for inclusion, innovative licensing methods, design and implementation of ICT policies for the global south, indigenous communities rights & ICT, gender perspective in ICT policies design, disruptive technologies that facilitate deployment in remote, rural areas. 

IRIRA course is aimed at ICT/ Telecommunications regulators as well as policiyamkers engaged in digital inclusion, rural development, health, education, gender equality and ICT, among other. It brings knowledge useful to any branch of government and lawmakers, as an essential infrastructure for all kinds of human activities.

The persistent lack of access in rural and remote areas becomes today even more critical in the context of COVID-19 pandemic, a persistent lock-down in many rural areas and a global recession which also impacts smaller communities. Securing telecommunications access in rural areas presently unconnected is vital to support their resilience strategies through communications, access meaningful information, education and health services, environmental and health emergencies alert systems,  as well as improving the local economies and livelihoods through ICT.

The course  consists of 7 sections (typically 1/week) and it requires 1.5 hours/day of participants’ time, including  interacting with content, activities, evaluation and additional  learning resources  in order to complete all seven.

Additionally,  two live (synchronous) webinars with participants will take place to enhance sharing of experiences and knowledge.