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Third Summit on Community Networks in Africa

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Day 1: 2 September 2018

09:00 – 10:30

Technical Training

Community network operators only

Presentations: source to end user


This session aims to give a clear understanding of the technical elements which are required from accessing the internet/broadband all the way to the end user (data rooms/ dish - backbone - mesh - end user). This includes installation, maintenance and operation (hardware, software, network services, activities). Network and power infrastructure. Scalability.

This session should offer a) a view into the technology possibility of CNs b) as well as a chance for CNs to analyse their own technical set up or possibilities in a practical way.
Michuki Mwangi, Coenraad Loubser, Nico Pace
10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Details on session coming soon

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30

Details on session coming soon

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Details on session coming soon

19:00 – 20:30

Dinner / Community Networks Roundtable Talks (Catch Up sessions on progress)

Day 2: 3 September 2018

09:00 – 10:30

Sustainability & Governance Training

Community network operators only

This session is aims to give a clear idea of the various elements that play into the sustainability of CNs; business (governance, finance), legal, social. Understanding planning aspects, opportunities, start up and business operation and business purpose, documentation (lessons learned and evidence building), reporting, unique value proposition and constraints.

The session should offer practical tools and examples towards understanding the phases of planning, start up, operation and growth, perhaps building a business canvas/ plan.
Carlos Rey Moreno, Sol Luca de Tena, Leandro Navarro (will participate remotely)
10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Details on session coming soon

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30

Details on session coming soon

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Details on session coming soon

19:00 – 20:30

Dinner/Community Networks Roundtable Talks

Day 3: 4 September 2018

09:00 – 10:30

Welcome Remarks

- Internet Society (Dawit Bekele)
- Association for Progressive Communications
- Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS)
- Zenzeleni Cooperative
Moderator: Tonny Okwonga (BOSCO Uganda)
10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break + Group Photo

11:00 – 12:30

Connecting the unconnected in Africa

The session sets the scene on the importance of connecting the unconnected with special focus on Africa. It will touch on what affordable access is, how CNs are the uniquely positioned in closing this gap and the CN campaign in Africa.

The session will end with Zenzeleni presenting on how the network started and role of the community in CN, sharing local and global perspectives
Moderator: Josephine Miliza (TunapandaNET)

Speakers: Jane Coffin (Internet Society), Michuki Mwangi (Internet Society, African Regional Bureau), Masibulele Jay Siya (Zenzeleni)
12:45 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30

Scalable Technologies for Community Networks

This session goal is to showcase innovative technological approaches being used by CNs. The session will have 15-minute presentation followed by Q&A from participants.

Presenters will share the advantages, challenges and future opportunities to the technologies.
Moderator: Thato Mfikwe (SOWUG)

Speakers: Nico Pace (Altermundi), Tonny Okwanga (BOSCO Uganda), Jabera Matogoro (Kondoa CN Tanzania), Patrick Byamungu (PamojaNET Congo)
15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Promoting Gender Inclusion for Community Networks in Africa

The session will discuss strategies on how to bring more women into the CN space and explore the silent/non-visible role that currently women play.
Moderator: Josephine Miliza (TunapandaNET)

Speakers: Lilian Achom (AfChix), Kgopotso Magoro (AfChix SA Chapter), Ritu Srivastava (DEF India), Tonny Okwonga (BOSCO Uganda), Sol Luca de Tena (Zenzeleni)
17:30 – 18:30

Networking Event

Day 4: 5 September 2018

09:00 – 10:30

Building & Financing Sustainable Community Networks

The session looks at the current CNs financial and business models. It will highlight how CNs are funded initially and how they are sustained. It will also address opportunities for funding e.g. from governments and development agencies, and how they can remain sustainable post grant funding.
Moderator: Tonny Okwanga (BOSCO Uganda)

Speakers: Jane Coffin (Internet Society), Sol Luca de Tena (Zenzeleni), Fred Mweetwa (Macha Works), Joseph Bishi (Murambinda Works)
10:30 – 11:00

Coffee Break&Group Photo

11:00 – 12:30

Creating Enabling Policies and Regulations for Community Networks in Africa

The session will discuss how to create a conducive policy and regulation environment that encourage and support growth of CNs. The presentations should cover:

- Spectrum regulations in Africa
- Spectrum commons
- Innovative licensing approaches for CNs
- Policy advocacy
- Way Forward
Moderator: Thato Mfikwe (SOWUG)

Panelists: Carlos Rey Moreno (APC), Verengai Mabika (Internet Society)
12:45 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:30

Beyond Access - Developing Local Solutions

The goal of this session is to discuss the role of community networks play in offering local solutions. The panelists will share local solutions being offered to the community and impact.

Each of the panelists will share strategies to they use support local access to education, health services, production and distribution of information and preservation of indigenous cultures. They will also discuss the barriers and potential solutions to promote creation of locally relevant digital content.
Moderator: Josephine Miliza (TunapandaNET)

Speakers: Ritu Srivastava (DEF India), Joseph Bishi (Murambinda Works), Kgopotso Ditshego Magoro (ISOC Gauteng Chapter), Fred Mweetwa (Murambinda Works), David Johnson (Inethi/Ammbr)
15:30 – 16:00

Coffee Break

16:00 – 17:30

Collaborative & Partnership Strategies for Community Networks In Africa

The session goal is to explore how CNs in Africa can collaborate with each other and how they can build partnerships locally and internationally to promote collaboration.
Moderator Sol Luca de Tena

Jane Coffin (Internet Society), Ritu Srivastava (APC), Thato Mfikwe (SOWUG), Tonny Okwonga (BOSCO Uganda)
17:30 – 18:00

Discussion and Action Points

Technical, Capacity and Sustainability Development Strategy for Africa

Community network association:
- Technical, capacity building and sustainability strategy
- Regional and sub regional collaboration
Moderator: Michuki Mwangi (Internet Society)
18:00 – 18:30

Closing Ceremony

- Internet Society
- APC
- Zenzeleni
- CN Summit Program Committee
Moderator: Joseph Bishi (Murambinda Works)
19:00 – 20:00

Gala Dinner

Day 5: 6 September 2018

Site Visit: Technical/Practical Installation in Zithulele (Zenzeleni)

Day 6: 7 September 2018

Site Visit: Social/Business Sharing of Mankosi Coop (Zenzeleni)

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Time

Sunday 02 September 2018 –

Friday 07 September 2018

Location

Wild Lubanzi Trail Lodge

Eastern Cape, South Africa

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