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

vitus vitus at
Wed Jun 28 09:53:04 UTC 2017

 ... I get it now.

- Vitus

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From: Ornella GANKPA <honest1989 at> 
Date:06/28/2017  9:30 AM  (GMT+00:00) 
To: rpd at 
Subject: Re: [rpd] AFRINIC Policy Development Process Bis Proposal: the way forward 

Dear all, The community was hoping that co-chairs will moderate the discussion on the list and keep it policy related in order to maintain an objective and constructive debate. The co-chairs should also urge community members from philanthropic organisation, aid agencies and experts on lecturing others to move non-related policy discussions on Community discussion list. Unfortunately the current PDP doesn't mandate co-chairs to moderate debate on the rpd list. The latest (derailed) dicussions around this proposal [1] prove yet again that the current PDP is not efficient and does not reflect the experience and maturity this community has achieved along the years. We need to improve our pdp and empower co-chairs by providing good mechanisms to moderate the PDWG efficiently[2]. [1] [2] Best regards, Honest Ornella GANKPA Le 21/06/2017 à 15:00, abel ELITCHA a écrit : Dear All, Thank you for your contributions and we look forward to more of them. This thread is not supposed to be a dialogue between initiators and the community about the chairmanship model of the PDWG, But we sense, looking at the various replies, that providing more clarifications may help. AFRINIC PDP has been organized since the beginning around a Working Group and this has been re-introduced in the current PDP adopted in 2010. A definition of PDWG can be found in section 3.3 of both current PDP manual and PDP-bis proposal. PDP-bis current proposal for chairmanship is about “chair and vice-chair”. Both are elected by the Working Group and responsible for the administration of the Working Group. There is just an hierarchy in the roles and responsibilities. The Chair is the primary contact for the working group and work with the vice-chair to whom he may delegate some of his responsibilities and powers. The Chair is the sole responsible in case of appeal. This model can also be renamed as “Chair and Co-chair”. Current PDP is not explicit about the administrative functions performed by the co-chairs and does not provide them with appropriate mechanisms to manage the PDWG and the policy proposals works, efficiently. The only place one can see co-chairs roles and responsibilities description is at : • Determining whether there is consensus during public policy discussions. • Publishing minutes of the proceedings of public policy meetings. • Initiation and termination of final review of proposals (Last Call). • Sending a report of the outcomes of policy discussions at public policy meetings to the Board of Directors. As you can see, Co-chairs have no role in Working group discussions moderation and policy proposal except at PPM. Thus we cannot currently see inefficiency and conflict in their moderation style as they are barely moderating / engaging in discussions at all on rpd at afrinic dot net mailing list. Co-chairs decisions at PPM about consensus have always been problematic. Listen to participants at mic and count show of hands (always claimed to not be a voting), discuss and decide on the fly. We have seen tension among co-chairs and out-of-band discussions where co-chair expressed objections to some of the decisions taken during PPM by the team. We were not looking for support (or objections) with our initial post. Initiators believe that the current policy development process should be improved to match best current practices. chairmanship model is just ONE area of improvements that is discussed in the proposal. We invite participants to read the full text of the proposal(1) and have a look at the presentation(2) made during the PPM (Explaining the goal of our post, and stop "i oppose" session). Thanks. [1] [2] _______________________________________________ RPD mailing list RPD at Vérification des malwares effectuée
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