[Community-Discuss] Accountability assessment - PDP review?
badru.ntege at nftconsult.com
Tue Oct 25 07:58:47 UTC 2016
You raise very pertinent issues. I might want to add that we should also look into the capabilities of the candidates. Historically we tend to vote for any willing candidate but as you well note bellow ability to objectively perform the role and manage the process is also needed.
On 10/25/16, 10:05 AM, "Omo Oaiya" <Omo.Oaiya at wacren.net> wrote:
I am not suggesting there is a problem with the PDP per se or criticising the co-chairs, past or present, but recent discussions on accountability and co-authoring a policy proposal has resulted in my taking a closer look at the PDP and its requirements.
The current PDP (http://www.afrinic.net/en/community/policy-development/251-policy-development-process-in-the-afrinic-service-region-afpub-2010-gen-005) adopted in 2010 specified improvements from its predecessor.
It lists fixing the following issues amongst others as incentive:
the case of PDP moderators inability to attend public policy meetings
the lack of appeal mechanisms against moderators actions
issues fixed on mailing list being reopened at face to face meetings weakening the decision making process.
consensus building process leading to scenario where opinions expressed at face to face have more weight that the ones expressed on mailing list
While the new PDP succeeded in addressing #1 and #2, it has not addressed #3 and #4
The current PDP introduced the PDWG with co-chairs to perform the "administrative functions” of the group.
- It did not describe what these administrative functions were.
- It did not prescribe criteria for co-chairs selection or an election mechanism.
- It also did not describe the process for determining “rough consensus”.
As a result, we have seen:
- co-chairs candidates who could be more familiar with PDP and Internet Number Resource management.
- insufficient moderation of policy proposal discussions on the mailing list and at face to face meetings leading to endless repetitive discussions
- inability of co-chairs to determine consensus encouraging abuse of the process with some people persistently opposing proposals and stalling progress with insubstantial arguments causing unnecessary delay and frustration
The policy discussions at AFRINIC-24 is a perfect illustration. Another easy example is that since AFRINIC-24, there has been little discussion on proposals which were sent back on mailing list for further discussions as per meeting minutes (http://www.afrinic.net/en/library/policies/archive/ppm-minutes/1847-afrinic-24-pdwgpdp-minutes) and no action from the working group co-chairs.
**Some questions for the community and co-chairs**
- How do we fix issues #3 and #4?
- Will the proposals returned to the list be presented in AFRINIC-25? if yes, what will be the discussion points be and for which expected outcomes?
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