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Fourth Summit on Community Networks in Africa

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Day 0: Sunday, 27 October

14:00 – 18:00

Registration

UDOM Event management team

Day 1: Monday, 28 October

07:00 – 08:00

Registration

UDOM Event management team
08:00 – 08:30

Beginning Our Journey

UDOM Event management team
08:30 – 10:00

Setting the Tone for the Summit

- Previous summits
- Why resilience for Africa (maturity// complexity//localizing in continent)
Michuki Mwangi (Internet Society), Carlos Rey Moreno (APC), Summit Programme Committee
10:00 – 10:30

Tea Break

10:30 – 11:30

Defining the Community Network Movement in Africa

- Introduction of the community networks in attendance (ice breaker exercise)
- Orientation on Community Networks resiliency code of conduct
- What makes us who we are – Group activity Values, M&V
cynthia el khoury (APC), Sol Luca de Tena (Zenzeleni), Josephine Miliza (Tunapanda)
11:30 – 13:00

Our Collective Asset and Challenge - Human Resources

- How to attract and retain HR in operating the network using the network.
- How to deal with diverse agendas and needs in Community Networks/community.
- Management styles

Key take-ways:
1. Map different jobs - list and get people’s input (I do it, I don't, I don't know)
2. Map different kinds of relationships (volunteer, community members, experts).
3. Sourcing HR (government/ university internships programs- ISEC/ Unis-, NGO volunteer programs - national/ international, targeted communication channels - social media, LinkedIn).
4. Managing and maintaining: Go into best practices for the management and retention - lessons from Community Networks. Roles and clearly defined boundaries.

- Realities: power and responsibility dynamics, ethics, code of conduct.
Michuki Mwangi (Internet Society)
13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:00

Human Resources in Community Network - Inclusivity

What does it mean, what is the reality, what are some practices to deal with it in a healthy manner?
cynthia el khoury (APC), Lilian Achom (AFCHIX)
15:00 – 16:00

Communication

-Intro (clarity of core message – 3-5 basic things, visuals, clear data, clear values – offer case studies)
- Exercise small groups each take 1 example of a comms format (templates).
- A standard presentation – 10 slides (objectives of drawing partnerships, partner logos, what essential to add)
- A format of newsletter – content and description (objective of maintaining user/funder/ partner informed possibilities)
- Website key info and format (videos, infographs, photos – and what and who they are aimed at, partners)
- Highlight key findings and next steps
Steve Song (APC)
16:00 – 16:30

Tea Break

16:30 – 17:30

Internal Operations - Technical Practices

Power options – grid/ solar/ battery backed
Solomon Okot Nono (BOSCO Uganda)
17:30 – 18:00

Peering Personal

Each interested Community Network will be assigned 5 minutes to present themselves with a very clear objective, for example:

- Introduction (name, Community Network, country and location of Community Network) (1 minute)
- Type of Community Network and services provided (in summary) (1 minute)
- Expertise they have and are willing to share (one slide - 1 minute)
- Main challenge or kind of support they need. (one slide - 2 minutes)
18:00 – 19:00

Build Labs

Demo sessions to understand models and technologies used by different community networks.
This will be a booth style interactive session with facilitators presenting on:

- Community radio
- Local content & platforms ( Education, local entrepreneurship)
- Cooperatives
- TV Whitespaces
- Solar/ Battery
- Open Cellular
- Libre Router
19:00 – 21:00

Dinner: 15 Toasts on Resilience

Dinner in assigned diverse small groups, using the 15 Toasts format of all participants telling a personal story around a given topic. Our dinner focuses on the theme of Resilience. Prepare to enter a space of vulnerability and honest sharing.
Lilian Achom (AFCHIX)

Day 2: Tuesday, 29 October

08:00 – 08:30

Overview of the day

- How day 2 picks up from day 1, and the flow of the day
- Housekeeping
Joseph Bishi (Zimbabwe Community Network Initiative)
08:30 – 10:00

Internal Operations - Technical Practices

Network planning & monitoring practices and tools (different scenarios for rural and urban, different topography)
(Case - presentation on a specific tool used in a community network)
Benson Olobo (BOSCO Uganda)
10:00 – 10:30

Break

10:30 – 13:00

Internal Operations – Business Practices

Mention both practical and people dynamics:

- Registration of organization – core differences (legal vehicles, bank, tax/ exemption, license/ exemption, strategy and partnership structure, management set up – coop/ ngo/pty)
- Setting up in-house agreements, processes and protocols within organization
- Services and pricing definition (in affordability and sustainability scenario)
- Dealing with income – different kinds of income, bookkeeping/ accounting/ debt collection processes, best practices on how to manage money/ surplus
- Stock and asset management
- Two sides of a coin – how business ops and technical are interrelated
Ramon Roca (Guifi.net)
13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

14:00 – 15:00

Strategies for Sustainability Cooperative Models

Sol Luca de Tena (Zenzeleni)
15:00 – 16:00

Strategies for Sustainability
Funding and Resource Mobilization

Understanding how business operations and technical are interrelated
16:00 – 16:30

Tea Break

16:30 – 17:30

Policy Wikithon

- Brief introduction to the APC Wiki, and explain how you do your country report.
- Exercise people filling in their country report in small (country specific) groups

Unpack highlights of the exercise and next steps
APC-LOCNET, Steve Song (APC), Carlos Rey Moreno (APC) and Africa Peer Community Networks
17:30 – 18:00

Peering Personal

Each interested Community Network will be assigned 5 minutes to present themselves with a very clear objective, for example:

- Introduction (name, Community Network, country and location of Community Network) (1 minute)
- Type of Community Network and services provided (in summary) (1 minute)
- Expertise they have and are willing to share (one slide - 1 minute)
- Main challenge or kind of support they need (one slide - 2 minutes)
Kgopotso Ditshego
18:00 – 19:00

BUILD Labs

Demo sessions to understand models and technologies used by different community networks.
This will be a booth style interactive session with facilitators presenting on:

- Community radio
- Local content & platforms ( Education, local entrepreneurship)
- Cooperatives
- TV Whitespaces
- Solar/ Battery
- Open Cellular
- Libre Router
James Gondwe (CYD)
19:00 – 21:00

Dinner: Women's Dinner

ISOC Women SIG and APC

Day 3: Wednesday 30 October
Plenary

07:30 – 08:30

Registration

UDOM
09:00 – 10:30

Formal Opening Session

09:00 – 09:05

National Anthem

09:05 – 09:45

Introduction of Sponsors and Partners

- ISOC Tanzania Chapter
- Kondoa Community Network (KCN)
- Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
- Internet Society (ISOC)
- Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF)
- Universal Communications Service Access Fund (UCSAF)
- Telecom Infra Project
- Netflix
- Tanzania Internet Service Providers Association (TISPA)
- Habari Node
09:45 – 09:50

Welcoming Note

Prof. Faustine Bee, Vice Chancellor University of Dodoma (UDOM)
09:50 – 10:15

Opening Speech

Hon. Prof. Joyce Ndalichako, Minister of Education, Science and Technology
10:15 – 10:20

Vote of Thanks

Josephine Miliza, Program Committee
10:25 – 10:30

Group Photo

10:30 – 11:00

Break

11:00 – 13:00

What Makes Community Networks Resilient? Community

- Fantsuam Foundation
- BOSCO Uganda
- Zenzeleni
Theresa Tafida, Immaculate Laker, Sol Luca de Tena (Zeneleni)
13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:30

What Makes Community Networks Resilient? Infrastructure

- TVWS
- 2G Technologies - Open Cellular
- Fiber
Dr. Luzango Mfupe, Jabhera Matogoro (UDOM), Kashif Ali, Chako Armant (PamojaNET use case), Ramon Roca (Guifi.net)
15:30 – 16:30

What Makes Community Networks Resilient? Innovation & Development

GIZ Cameroon, HDIF
16:30 – 17:00

Break

17:00 – 18:00

What Makes Community Networks Resilient? Locally Relevant Content

- Community radios
- Indigenous knowledge
Prosper Kwigize (TADIO), Irene Makene (TADIO), Eng. Ngeela (TCRA), Mbilinyi (UDOM), Nic Bidwell
19:00 – 21:00

Dinner

After Dinner - BUILD Labs/Women in CN Wikithon

Day 4: Thursday, 31 October

08:30 – 09:00

Welcome and day programme overview

Jabhera Matogoro (UDOM)
09:00 – 10:30

Creating an Enabling Environment for Resilient Community Networks: Funding

The session discusses innovation and development What is the mismatch between funder expectations and Community Networks contexts, and how do we bridge those gaps.
Representatives from GIZ Cameron, UNHCR and HDIF, Internet Society
10:30 – 11:00

Tea Break

11:00 – 12:45

Creating an Enabling Environment for Resilient Community Networks: Policy & Regulation

The role of development agencies in supporting grassroots innovation and community networks
Steve Song (APC), Carlos Rey Moreno (APC), Michuki Mwangi (Internet Society)
12:45 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:00

Creating an Enabling Environment for Resilient Community Networks: Academia

The role of academia in supporting grassroots innovation.
Jabhera Matogoro (UDOM), Dr. Hector Mongi (UDOM), Prof. Nic Bidwell
15:00 – 16:00

Communities of Practice

We break into assigned small groups for facilitated discussion on what the group has learned about how to drive stronger impact. The session provokes us to reflect on our experiences over the past week. Participants in small groups share on
I used to think resilience ..now I think..discussion points prepared by facilitators
Participants are grouped with those who are at similar stages in their community networking journey:

- Emerging Community Networks
- Early stage Community Networks
- Growth stage Community Networks
- Ecosystem builders – Government
- Ecosystem builders – Academia
- Funders

The group prepares their commitment for the next year and action steps.
16:00 – 16:30

Tea Break

16:30 – 17:30

Activating the Collective Brain

In this session we will unleash the power of the network in the room.
We will share out the commitments each of us can make to the group, and the action steps we each pledge to take beyond this gathering.
Michuki Mwangi (Internet Society)
18:00 – 19:00

Closing

- Recap of the Fourth Community Networks Summit - Rapporteur
- Quick survey (what was the most interesting topic/s, best speakers, what would you like more info on, who was missing)
- Identification of possible host/s 2020
20:00 – 21:00

Gala Dinner

Day 5: Friday, 1 November

08:00 – 17:00

Visit to Kondoa Community Network

UDOM and Kondoa

Day 6: Saturday, 2 November

08:00 – 12:00

Visit to Kondoa Community Network

UDOM and Kondoa
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Monday 28 October 2019 –

Saturday 02 November 2019

Location

Dodoma, Tanzania

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