[Community-Discuss] The Governance Committee: Way forward

Seun Ojedeji seun.ojedeji at gmail.com
Sat Dec 5 17:29:31 UTC 2015

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On 5 Dec 2015 18:11, "Jean Robert Hountomey" <jrhountomey at gmail.com> wrote:
> Third, I do think that a Governance Committee should be vested with the
powers to oppose a decision made by the Board.
SO: From the current charter, the GC once constituted will be able to
recommend/advice on decisions that may have been made by board. However, it
should/must remain within the powers of the members to act based on the GC
advice. The board must remain the top of the organisation and we should not
create yet another small group of people with such powers (another board)
to oppose boards decision.

If they can't then why
> create another organization to give advice to the Board ?
The GC does not just advice the board, it advices the community as well. So
it could advice the community to do xyz because the board failed to do abc.

The council of elders on the other hand are a team of experienced expert
who provides high level advice to the board, especially when there are
issues that has generate unreasonable controversies et all. It would be
inefficient/belittling to put have the COE carry out the role of the GC.
The GC by charter is expected to engage more with the community

> On 12/4/15 7:43 AM, jnoulaye at yahoo.fr wrote:
>> Dear Afrinic Members,
>> The Governance Committee charter is a wonderful document we have now.
>> After the discussion in face to face on it yesterday  I understood that
the board will continue  receiving comments, and will come out with the
consolidated document during the next AGMM.
>> Below are my few comments.
>> a) My feeling is that the constitution of the GC is too large. I
expected  a committee of maximum  of 3 people, since the role of that
Committee is only  to provide ADVICES when it is needed to the Board of
>> b) My take is that AFRINIC is still a very small organization to have a
GC of 11 members.
>> c) I suggest that when the charter will be consolidated by the Board, we
just keep it and re-reactive it when the need will be. If you agree with
me,  we add the following as article 11 into the current draft.
>> ------
>> 11 - Starting of the  Governance Committee.
>> The Governance Committee will start acting when the need will be, by an
ordinary resolution of AFRINIC Membership at the Annual General Member's
Meeting requesting the board to take such action.
>> ------
>> Best wishes to All.
>> Janvier Ngnoulaye
>> Afrinic Member
>> Academia - Yaounde Cameroon
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