[AfrICANN-discuss] Re: FW: [announce] Fellowships to Ensure
Global Voices Heard at ICANN
rafik.dammak at gmail.com
Fri Aug 17 18:52:43 SAST 2007
Hi Africann mates ,
Of course, the other solution is to find other source of funding . it assume
that the requested organiztion or foundation are interested by such issues!
Anyway, we can do a good job at regional level. I believe if everybody
contribute we can make good outputs and it will be easy to voice our
opinions in ICANN meeting and in other spaces. post and comments are really
Thanks to AR for the list of interesting websites.
I hope that soon everybody will share with us his comments about Domain Name
tasting and new gTLD. let's to make Africa visible!!
a intersting first step can be to discuss about our goals for 2008 in
participation and contribution in ICANN activities.
On 8/17/07, Anne-Rachel Inné <annerachel at gmail.com> wrote:
> Thank you for all the information about the Ministries and Ministers, it
> was of tremendous help.
> Mawaki, Rafik is right and I am glad you also remembered what I said.
> Depending on where ICANN meetings are held, and given that Africa is a large
> place, tickets get expensive when you want to take someone from lets say
> Botswana to Porto Rico than if you want to fly them from Trinidad to Porto
> The fellowship allocates an amount for travel. That amount is either
> enough, just right, not enough, really not enough, or... simply way below
> the price of the ticket... depending on where you fly people from, how many
> different airlines they have to fly, how many stops they have to make (so
> hotels nights to pay), etc... these are some of the reasons why depending on
> regions we favor intra regional travel as much as can.....now as all of you
> know, intra Africa travel is not the cheapest !!!!!
> There is another thing that ICANN suffers because of its status as a not
> for profit corporation. Other donors if they give it money have to suffer
> with us in explaining to the IRS why they gave us money....paperwork is hell
> So what happens is that partners like the Francophonie manage their own
> funds and bring people to ICANN meetings from their community. No other
> donor wants to manage funds that they give you. ICANN can really not tie
> staff time to writing reports and justifications to the IRS and the
> donors... if you have dealt with them, you know how that goes and when we
> tried that 4 four years ago, it was basically not sustainable.... we
> finished some paperwork last year only!
> Thank you for offering to cooperate more and I will hold you to that
> :-)1!!! The Internet community in the region is pretty active. Other
> meetings that you can participate to and where you can hear debates that
> have global/regional impact are AfNOG ( www.afnod.org), AfriNIC(
> www.afrinic.net), AfTLD (www.aftld.org), AfISPa (www.afrispa.org ) and I
> really encourage all of you to partiipate there too.
> I encourage their representatives that are on this list to also post
> things happening there.. like Adiel did recently about the IPv4 depletion
> and the adoption of IPv6.... the debates on AfriNIC's lists are passionate.
> Participation is not only at ICANN meetings physically but in between
> meetings -- so please read the call for comments that are of interest to you
> and send comments/opinions about what impact certains things happening at
> global level are having at local level. the lastest one being Domain Name
> On 8/17/07, Mawaki Chango <ki_chango at yahoo.com> wrote:
> > Thanks Rafik; I do remember now AR saying something along those
> > lines. Though I can't really tell how much more expensive is the
> > airfare from Dakar to L.A. as compared to the same from some
> > parts of the Caribbean, I can dig that for now just to hope that
> > not only at the next meeting in Africa but also for the one in
> > Europe (both in 2008) the continent will benefit of a 1:3 ratio
> > (at least or higher, given our size and the extent of issues
> > still to be addressed.)
> > I must express my support though to AR for what she's been doing
> > for outreach and awareness in Africa, and my cooperation to
> > raise the bar in quantity and quality of Africa participation in
> > 2008 and beyond.
> > Cheers,
> > Mawaki
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> AfrICANN at afrinic.net
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