Community Networks Workshop

The Internet changes everything.

It can empower us. Take us out of poverty. Help us get an education. Give us a voice.

Yet, in 2018, in the world’s most remote and forgotten areas, people face barriers to access. And these people are missing the opportunities an open Internet offers. Their voices are being left out.

We must advocate for an Internet with a strong public core that make it a tool for global good.

We need YOUR help. 

Help us switch on the Internet, community by community.


Community Networks Workshop “Connecting the Unconnected” (Day 1)

08:00 – 09:00Registration
09:00 – 10:00Welcome and opening remarks

African Union Commission (AUC)
Internet Society (ISOC)
Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
10:00 – 10:30Introduction to Community Networks (CNs)

An overview from around the world – Jane Coffin (ISOC)
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:30
Status of Community Networks in Africa

Report: – Understanding Community Networks in Africa – Michuki Mwangi (ISOC)
13:30 – 14:00Networking & Lunch
14:30 – 15:30Africa Community Networks Presentations

Bosco Uganda (Gulu, Uganda)
Zenzeleni, (Eastern Cape, South Africa)
Fantsuam (Kafanchan, Nigeria – TBC)
PamojaNET (Idjwi, DRC)
Q & A
15:30 – 16:00Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:00Discussion and action points: Technical, Capacity and Sustainability development strategy for Africa

Michuki Mwangi (ISOC)
19:00 – 22:00Welcoming diner

At Capital Hotel & SPA
Moderator: Marsema Tariku

Community Networks Workshop “Connecting the Unconnected” (Day 2)

08:00 – 09:00Registration
09:00 – 10:30Policy Opportunities for CN Development in Africa

Carlos Rey-Moreno (APC)
10:30 – 11:00Coffee Break
11:00 – 12:00Discussion and action points

CN Policy development, collaboration and partnerships at International, Regional and sub-regional levels – Carlos Rey-Moreno (APC)
12:00 – 12:30Closing Session – Way Forward
African Union Commission
Internet Society
12:30 – 14:00Networking & Lunch


Date and Time

Tuesday 19 June 2018 –

Wednesday 20 June 2018


African Union Headquarters

P.O. Box 3243
Roosvelt Street
(Old Airport Area)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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