Hi all, I'm following up on this email thread. 

In short I agree that the SIG should be represented in the African Chapter meeting and that I would be very happy to represent. I have followed up with John Dada who is also keen to attend. However, we have missed the application for fellowships - I am following up with ISOC to see if we can apply by tonight. I will apply and try include John Dada too...or if anyone has any other ideas on trying to get 2 people on fellowships please speak up!

This relates to my other point about connecting to other CNs in Africa - and figuring out overlaps with Chapters. If I go to the meeting I will try clarify this, and make a proposal to the council for adding more African CNs. 

Will let you know if we manage to get to the meeting, 


2018-04-23 16:15 GMT+02:00 Sol Luca de Tena <sol@zenzeleni.net>:

Thanks Nico for sharing this. I appreciate being put forward, and would be interested, but I do want to give the opportunity to others too. John Dada of Fantsuam is also based in the continent.  

This thread is a good opportunity for me to share some thoughts on CNs based in Africa. Some of you may know that one of the Zenzeleni founders, Carlos Rey-Moreno, was involved for the last two years in creating the African Summit in CNs, under the auspices of ISOC, and APC. This is the 3rd year and Zenzeleni is hosting it in South Africa (info to be shared soon when all logistics sorted). Through this group I have come into contact with a number of amazing CN initiatives. Some, or all of them are part of the national or regional ISOC Chapters. I think these CNs should be able to participate in the CNSIG and would like to extend the invitation. On the other hand I think we should also take on the task of looking at the Chapters and figuring out which are most aligned to us, and what are the synergies and differences between them and us. Maybe this Advocacy meeting is a good place to look into this in our continent at least.

So, in summary:
1. John Dada are you going to the 2018 ISOC African Chapters' Advocacy Meeting? If you are I would love to join and meet you. If you are not going, would you be interested in representing the CNSIG? We can discuss pros and cons of either of us representing. 
2. Do any of you have any thoughts on reaching out to African CNs?
3. A bit related/unrelated - we have the role of "trusted advisors" in the CNSIG, I would like to propose Carlos Rey-Moreno as a trusted advisor. He coordinates the CN project in APC, is an experiences CN implementor, works around the world on Advocacy for CNs ...I think most of you know him. I bring it out now because I think it would help to align our work well in distinction to other groups' work on CNs. 


2018-04-18 21:59 GMT+02:00 Nicolás Echániz <nicoechaniz@altermundi.net>:
Hi all,

I'm forwarding this invitation so we can discuss our participation.

I'm thinking Sol or someone else based in Africa could be a good initial
candidate... but of course that depends on the will and availability of
our members based in the region.


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject:        2018 ISOC African Chapters' Advocacy Meeting: Invitation to
apply for Travel Fellowship.
Date:   Wed, 18 Apr 2018 18:40:35 +0000
From:   Victor Ndonnang

Dear Leaders of ISOC Community Networks SIG,


Congratulations! Your SIG is eligible to send a representation to
the 2018 African Chapters’ Advocacy Meeting

As announced recently, the 2018 African Chapters’ Advocacy Meeting
<https://www.internetsociety.org/events/2018-african-chapters-advocacy-meeting/> *will
take place on 19-21 June 2018 in Addis Ababa Ethiopia.* As you know, the
Chapter’s advocacy meeting is an opportunity is to discuss key Internet
issues <https://www.internetsociety.org/key-issues/> and empower our
chapters/SIG to advocate at the local and regional level.


The focus of this year’s meeting will be Community Networks
<https://www.internetsociety.org/issues/community-networks/> and how the
ISOC’s new campaign model (see 2018 action plan
<https://www.internetsociety.org/action-plan/2018/>) will manifest in
terms of local and regional activities. The meeting will happen
alongside the Community Networks Workshop organized by ISOC and hosted
by the African Union Commission. This will offer the attendees the
opportunity to participate in the Community Networks Workshop on 19 and
20 June 2018. 


The Internet Society will be able to offer on competitive basis a travel
fellowship to one (1) representative from your Chapter/SIG to
participate in this meeting. All interested candidates (chapter/SIG
leader or member) *must complete the below fellowship application form
30 April 2018.*




All applicants should be:


  * A member of the Internet Society.
  * An active leader or member of an Internet Society Chapter (*) in
    Africa or SIG.
  * Able to present a strong motivation for attending the African
    Chapters’ Advocacy Meeting.
  * Able to demonstrate ability to advocate for ISOC’s goals and positions.
  * Able to present strong evidence of expertise or current work/project
    on Community Networks
    <https://www.internetsociety.org/issues/community-networks/> and
    other ISOC’s 2018 Campaigns key issues (Internet Governance
    <https://www.internetsociety.org/issues/internet-governance/>, Internet
    of Things (IoT), <https://www.internetsociety.org/iot/> and MANRS
  * Able to present evidence of involvement in advocacy work on Internet

The applicant will be selected based on the following criteria:


·         Has Provided references of a completed, ongoing or planned
local activity around Community Networks

·         Has provided a clear plan of what he/she will do at the local
level after attending the meeting

·         Has participated in at least one recent quarterly African
Chapters calls including Q1 2018.

·         Have a valid passport and available to travel during the
meeting period. 


*/We encourage you to invite good candidates outside your chapter/SIG
leadership (active chapter/SIG members) to apply as well. Please note
that priority will be given to good candidates who are chapter/SIG
leaders. /*


If your Chapter/SIG wishes to send additional delegates, then these
cannot be covered by ISOC funds, but you are free to do so at your
own expense. However, we’d also need those “self-sponsored” candidates
to complete this application form as well. 


Please make sure that all candidates to represent your chapter/SIG at
this 2018 African chapters Advocacy Meeting complete the fellowship
application form by 30 April 2018 
order to give us more time to work applications review and the logistics.


Your SIG has been pre-selected to receive this fellowship application
form based on its grade on the January 2018 performance evaluation
report and its interest which Community Networks.


Feel free to contact me if you have any question or need clarification
on this travel fellowship application process. 


We look forward to hearing from you. Good luck to all the applicants for
your SIG.
Best regards, 


/PS. We are OK if you decide to discuss internally and select the best
candidate to apply for this travel fellowship. If the candidate is based
in Africa, that will be ideal. /



Victor Ndonnang

/Chapter Development Manager, Africa/

*Internet Society*

/The Internet is for Everyone/

https://www.internetsociety.org <https://www.internetsociety.org/>

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Zenzeleni Networks NPC
- Winner of Best Innovation with Social Impact Award, Innovation Bridge 2017
- Finalist of Mozilla Equal Rating Innovation Challenge, 2017