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

Omo Oaiya Omo.Oaiya at
Fri Jun 23 13:13:40 UTC 2017

On 19 June 2017 at 11:23, caleb olumuyiwa <muyiwacaleb at> wrote:

> 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?


Good questions.   The "unity" makes it a good time to dispassionately
consider these options.  I look forward to Ornella's response and thank her
and co-authors for starting the discussion with their proposal.

I am ambivalent on the Chairs model we use as long as it works well for the
community and the volunteers.   Maybe even have more than 2 co-chairs if
necessary to reduce workload but we must empower these roles with
clearly defined guidelines.

There have also been disagreements on the way consensus is read in AfriNIC
as well as issues with process and interpretation.  Ideally, we should not
have legal issues raised after last call and the recent minutes of the PPM
reflect the state of our PDP in my opinion.   We can improve.

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