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[rpd] AFRINIC Policy Development Process Bis Proposal: the way forward

caleb olumuyiwa muyiwacaleb at
Mon Jun 19 10:23:10 UTC 2017

Dear Ornella,
I have read through your proposal and i have some reservations specifically
on the need to have one chair and a vice-chair. While your justification
could also be that it exist in other climes, i do not see or foresee any
current and future problem that should make the community change the
existing arrangement. The question is:  Has the current arrangement given
the community any issues in the past or recently?
Why the call for the change now that things are stable and there is unity
in the community?
We need to consider the fact that power of rough consensus will be vested /
concentrated in one person who will only ask his vice-chair for his/her
opinion which might probably never count.The choice of co-chair by the
community is strictly to foster team work and create a balance in opinion
and measure the rough consensus fairly. What if the only chair has a
conflict of interest? How do we curb the excesses of over concentration of
powers in one chair?
Secondly, this is a voluntary job and there is lots of work to be done, why
overload one chair with so much work and make a vice-chair dormant and can
only be activated for sundry assignments?
While my opinion could be wrong from the comments i have made above, i wish
to get some clear understanding / corrections on the need to make the
change of the current structure or perhaps, learn from experienced senior
members of the community in this regard.


On Mon, Jun 19, 2017 at 10:30 AM, Ornella GANKPA <honest1989 at>

> Hello everyone,
> Initiators  of the new pdp-bis proposal AFPUB-2017-GEN-002-DRAFT-01
> [1],  in an effort to improve the policy, are willing to hear from the
> working group, about settling the matter around one chair and a
> vice-chair  compared to the current model of 2 cochairs .
> In the current situation, chairs with the same level of responsabilities
> can get stuck when making decision towards a policy proposal thus
> hindering its progress. Working group discussion moderation by two
> independent individuals can be  inefficient. This lack of "consensus"
> between co-chairs freezes the working group operations as well as the
> policy development process
> Our proposal aims to settle those issues with one chair who makes the
> final decision and  a vice chair.
> Community might be concerned about giving one single Chair, too much
> power. The balance with that is found in stricking deeply the appeal
> process to make it as larger as possible and open to anybody at any step
> of a policy proposal's life.
> During AIS17 in Nairobi, initiators have gathered positive comments from
> the floor, some supporting linguistic diversity between Chairs. We're
> willing to pursue the debate and bring some new air to the proposal.
> Thanks all beforehand for your comments.
> Regards
> [1]
> policy-proposals/2083-afrinic-policy-development-process-bis
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