ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is responsible for managing and coordinating the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) to ensure that every address is unique and that all users of the Internet can find all valid addresses. Established under oversight of the US Government, ICANN now operates as an independent not-for-profit company and is based in California.
Over 170 national governments belong to ICANN’s Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) and the whole committee meets three times per year, in various locations around the world. The GAC is constantly involved in complex negotiations with international companies, organisations and governments, working with competing policy points of view to reach agreement on technical, security, consumer and other public policies. The current Chair is a senior public service executive from Switzerland, with similarly senior Vice-Chairs from Egypt, United Kingdom, France, Peru and China.
ACIG works with the GAC leadership group, GAC members, other ICANN constituencies and ICANN staff at all levels. Since the commencement of this work ACIG has facilitated the implementation of improved governance processes and policies so that face-to-face GAC meetings are more effective and significantly more work is undertaken inter-sessionally by the GAC.
Asian Mayor Forums
On behalf of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), ACIG organised and moderated a series of forums for Mayors of Asian cities.
The forums were delivered as an adjunct to another ADB project delivered simultaneously by ACIG, on benchmarking and continuous improvement of municipal services in ten Asian cities, across six countries. Joint sponsorship was provided by ADB and the Asian Development Bank Institute, with contributions from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the German development agency, GTZ.
Around twenty Mayors attended the two-day event in Cebu City, the Philippines, and more than thirty attended the second Forum in Colombo, Sri Lanka, which extended over three days.
Experts on municipal management addressed the Mayors (and many of their Deputy Mayors) at each Forum and facilitated discussions on how to best manage and improve services to their communities.
Information exchange networks were established, best practices presented and debated, and future cooperation agreed between the cities.
Lismore Catholic Education Services
ACIG delivered a review of the governance arrangements and restructuring of the Lismore Catholic school system. There were several powerful stakeholder groups with disparate views involved, including clergy, school principals, teachers, parents, and the Catholic Schools Office directorate. There were also significant external constraints including civil legislation and Canon law. Our consultants advised on a process and facilitated a number of stakeholder workshops leading to a new vision, strategies and governance arrangements. The work focused on aligning the structure of the directorate to the proposed strategy.
Governance in the Not-for-Profit Sector
ACIG regularly works with not-for-profit organisations to evaluate and review their governance activities and performance. Recent clients include:
- Sentir Graduate College of Spiritual Formation (a school within the University of Divinity).
- Redemptorist Media (publishing and media arm of the Redemptorist Order).
- Brainlink (a support organisation for carers of people with brain injuries).
- Western Interchange (a disability support organisation).