[AfrICANN-discuss] [members-discuss] ICANN 2016 Nominating Committee Announces Selections - unfortunate Africa distribution

Douglas Onyango ondouglas at gmail.com
Wed Aug 31 11:39:52 UTC 2016

Hi Paulos,
While I agree that more diverse continental representation at ICANN would
be nice, I find your bashing of ICANN's Nomcom not warranted.

Nomcom's charge is to work in the best interest of the global Internet
community. As such, the diversity provisions they have are only to ensure
that at all times every geographical region is represented on the Board and
nothing more. Any intra-region representation/diversity you may expect is
not for Nomcom to deliver.

Further, your complaints about Nomcom can be construed as a vote of no
confidence on the new Board members' ability to adequately represent the
continent, which, again, I don't think is justified. While I appreciate
Africa's geographical diversity, I don't see any reason that could render
them incapable of representing the rest of the continent. On the contrary,
the nature of work and safeguards at ICANN won't afford them the
opportunity to advantage one part of the continent at the expense of
another even if they wanted to.

In the end, instead of pointing one fingure at Nomcom, we should remember
the four point at ourselves. This issue could have been resolved if we sent
more competent candidates from Malawi, Uganda and other countries. This is
what we should do in the future.


On 31 August 2016 at 04:48, Dr Paulos Nyirenda <paulos at sdnp.org.mw> wrote:

> On 30 Aug 2016 at 15:50, Yaovi Atohoun wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > Please read more about the NomCom announcement
> > at https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2016-08-29-en
> I see it as unfortunate that both ICANN board members from the Africa
> region in this
> ICANN NomCom selection come from North Africa.
> I see it as loss of geographic diversity as well as loss of diversity in
> community
> representation in this selection and in the resulting ICANN Board
> representation.
> I do not blame this on North Africa,  the rest of Africa simply needs to
> push for and
> move forward into occupying such positions and NomCom needs to look out
> for such
> disparities.
> It is my hope that this unfortunate ICANN Board distribution is not
> because there were
> no good applicants from the rest of Africa, did the ICANN NomCom fail to
> attract good
> enough candidates from the rest of Africa?
> Regards,
> Paulos
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