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Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa

The COVID-19 outbreak has led to the work-from-home economy and highlighted the need for fast, reliable and affordable internet. While this has enabled the continuation of work, education, communication and commerce for a few, the reality is different for millions of people across Africa, where millions of people do not have access to mobile broadband connectivity. Community-owned networks provide alternative, locally driven and sustainable solutions that are critical in addressing connectivity gaps in Africa.

Promoting the growth of Community Networks in Africa

Community Networks help connect underserved communities online with locally built and managed infrastructure. However, they are not always available, and they face a diversity of challenges. A 2017 Internet Society report identified 37 Community Networks initiatives in 12 African countries, at different levels of development.

To foster learning, networking, knowledge and experience sharing on this issue, Community Network operators in Africa started gathering in 2016 at an annual summit.

This year’s summit will be held virtually and will consist of five webinars revolving around growing Community Networks in the continent.

These sessions aim to promote the creation, and growth of Community Networks in Africa, along with increasing collaboration between Community Network operators, and providing an opportunity for learning and engaging.

The webinar series is organized by the Internet Society and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) in partnership with other organizations working to build and strengthen Community Networks in Africa.

Five sessions on Community Networks in Africa

Summit Program Committee

The Program Committee members of the Summit on Community Networks (CN) in Africa are: Jean Louis Fendji Kedieng Ebongue, Immaculate Laker, Thato Mfikwe, Tonny Okwonga, and

Fourteen years with community outreach programs, Lillian Achom is experienced in establishing women-led Community Networks to bring Internet services to rural and remote communities in East, South, West and Northern regions of Africa. Ugandan by nationality, Lillian believes an Information Communications Technology (ICT)-empowered society is an opportunity for employment, economic growth, and better livelihoods. Especially true for women and girls… Read more

James Gondwe

Founder &Executive Director, Centre for Youth and Development (CYD)

James Gondwe is the founding Director of Centre for Youth and Development (CYD), a local Non-Governmental Developmental organization in Malawi established in the year 2012 to facilitate positive and sustainable change for children, youth and women in Malawi. He is a human rights activist focused on rights of children, youth and women; a seasoned Development Specialist with over 10 years’… Read more

Michael Graaf is a lifelong activist, first against apartheid, later for environmental justice, and more recently for information freedom. To this end he believes Community Networks have a crucial role to play, and he has played various roles in that movement, as researcher, editor, content curator and general volunteer. Michael lives in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more

Josephine Miliza

Africa Regional Coordinator, APC-LOCNET Project

She is currently the Africa regional coordinator for the Association of Progressive Communication-LOCNET project hosted by KICTANET. The LOCNET project focuses on creating an enabling environment for the growth of sustainable and scalable community networks. In 2016, Josephine has been involved in community networks since 2015 and led the establishment of TunapandaNET a community network in Kibera Nairobi Kenya that… Read more

Solomon is an ICT professional and a Network Engineer, passionate about the development of Community Networks in Africa and the rest of the world. He Holds a degree in Information Technology from Islamic University Uganda, Postgraduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation from Uganda Management Institute and Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Gulu University. In a bid… Read more

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For, With, and By the Community
28 October
Online Wednesday 28 October 2020

For, With, and By the Community

Effective engagement of communities is critical for the success of Community Networks.…