[AfrICANN-discuss] [SPAM] Re: [members-discuss] ICANN 2016 Nominating Committee Announces Selections - unfortunate Africa d

Dr Paulos B Nyirenda paulos at sdnp.org.mw
Wed Aug 31 12:38:19 UTC 2016

On 31 Aug 2016 at 14:39, Douglas Onyango wrote:
> 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. 

Thank you for agreeing with the observation that I have made and for your suggestions below 
for improving diversity.

On the NomCom all I am saying is that, and others have already agreed, that they are the 
ones who open up the process, conduct the process and then make the final selections. If 
you agree with the observation as above then definitely there is a role that NomCom can play 
- or - should play

Those of us in the community where the "four fingers" are pointing also have a role to play 
such as in generating more suitable and more diverse candidates that NomCom can work 
on, I do not dispute that and I have already said that. This does not reduce how glaringly 
disparate the observed situation is and no one in this discussion is challenging the 


Dr Paulos B Nyirenda
NIC.MW & .mw ccTLD

> 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.
> Regards,
> 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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