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

When participation is secured, network deployment becomes easier. This makes community ownership a non-negotiable starting point for a viable Community Network.

Thank you to everyone who attended the second event of the Virtual Summit on Community Networks in Africa series. This session outlined community engagement strategies and ownership models for growing Community Networks in Africa. Experts reviewed and discussed different methods and experiences that have been used to achieve community ownership. In addition, participants could learn how to keep the community engaged and involved in an inclusive manner using good governance best practices. 

General objectives

This second webinar session tried to understand community engagement approaches, how to map the stakeholders and communications channels for an inclusive, people-centered, locally-owned community network.

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Time

12:00 – 13:30 UTC

Wednesday 28 October 2020

Location

Online


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Leading image: Participants at the Internet Society Third Summit on Community Networks in Africa in the village of Zithulele in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, on 2 September 2018. © Internet Society / Nyani Quarmyne / Panos Pictures

Panelists and Moderator

Sol Luca de Tena

Zenzeleni Community Networks

Sol has spent her life living and working between South Africa and Spain, and calls both countries home. She has over a decade of experience in strategic project management within… Read more

Jabhera Matogoro

Tanzania Community Networks Alliance

Matogoro holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. He is finalizing his PhD in Telecommunications Engineering at the University of Dodoma,… Read more

Ghillian Beverley Bock

Groot-Aub Community Network

Ghillian holds a diploma in Higher Education. She worked as a teacher for 27 years and served the community as member and chairperson of the Community Development Committee (CDC) for… Read more

Lillian Achom

AccessPlus

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… Read more

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