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The Path Towards Growing Community Networks in Africa

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Half the world lacks Internet access. Community networks offer a solution.

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

The first webinar in the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa series focused on how to grow Community Networks in Africa as a means to connect rural, remote and underserved areas of the continent.

The webinar tried to answer questions around how communities can build, manage, and grow their own connectivity networks. Some basic questions that were examined include:

  • How do we get more Community Networks in Africa?
  • What is the path towards building a Community Network in Africa?
  • What is a Community Network?
  • What is the process involved in establishing a Community Network?
  • What are the challenges faced in establishing a Community Network?
  • What does a community-owned Community Network model look like?
  • What are Community Networks in the continent doing differently?
  • How is a Community Network funded?
  • What are the capacity building and training opportunities needed?
  • What opportunities can be leveraged to make a Community Network sustainable?
  • Should Community Networks be deployed within a holistic and integrated context of other development activities for which community buy-in has been secured?
  • How can initiatives revitalize and transform a previous government-led project into another locally driven project?

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Event objectives
  • Create awareness about Community Networks in Africa
  • Understand the path to starting a Community Network
  • Understand challenges and opportunities for growing Community Networks (at local, national and regional levels)
Who should attend?
  • Community Network operators
  • Community Network champions
  • Researchers
  • Policy makers, regulators
  • Civil society organizations
  • Community radios and
  • Sponsors, funders and members of the public interested in the topic
Expected Outputs

Clear guidelines on how to build, manage and grow a Community Network.

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Image:  A student at Kondoa Girls High School in Kondoa, Tanzania on 1 November 2019. The school was one of the beneficiaries of the Kondoa Community Network, an experimental network which used TV whitespace to provide internet connectivity to selected schools and community focal points in the town. © Internet Society / Nyani Quarmyne / Panos Pictures

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Panelists and Moderator

John Dada

Chairman of Board, Fanstuam Foundation/Membre du conseil d'administration, Fondation Fantsuam

John Dada has served as a volunteer CEO and later as Chairman of Board of Fantsuam Foundation (FF). He has also served on the faculty at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria,… Read more

Kgopotso Ditshego Magoro

Mamaila Community Network

Kgopotso Ditshego Magoro was born and bred in Mamaila Village, Limpopo Province, South Africa. She holds a Masters of Management degree in the field of ICT Policy and Regulation (MMICTPR)… Read more

Chako Armant

Project Manager, La Difference (PamojaNET Community Network)/Cheffe de projet pour « La Différence RD Congo »

Chako Armant currently works as a Project Manager within "La Difference DR Congo" where her responsibility amongst others includes ensuring the quality of projects in the organization. Chako not only… Read more

Barrack Otieno

Director, AHERI Community Networks/Directeur, AHERI

Barrack Otieno is a Trustee of the Kenya ICT Action Network. He is a Management Information Systems graduate of the Multimedia University of Kenya. He served at the United Nations… Read more

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