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Tuesday, July 19 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
#WS21 Towards an enabling policy and regulatory environment for Community Networks in Africa

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In the COVID-19 era, community networks are playing an increasingly important role in meeting the rising demand for affordable connectivity. In Africa, community networks are usually more than telecommunications infrastructure providers; they exist in support of economic and social activities, often aiming to minimise the outflow of economic value leaving the community to pay for connectivity services. Beyond access, they also create a platform that promotes building local capacities, as well as the creation and distribution of locally relevant content. Objective of this session is to explore the existing policy and regulatory environments in Africa, how such policies
and regulations are affecting the emergence and growth of Community Networks in the region, identify best practices from countries that are making progress in creating an enabling policy and regulatory environments for Community Networks and identify some of the middle-ground approaches that would enable regulators and policymakers to create supportive environments for Community Networks.

Moderators
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Catherine Kyalo

Africa Regional Coordinator, Local Networks Initiative
Catherine Kyalo has a degree in Computer Science. She has previously worked in client relations, content creation and IT support with experience in computer networks. She is also an avid reader and content creator. To re-energize herself, she finds power in yoga. She is currently... Read More →

Speakers
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Yewo Msiska

Programmes Lead, Centre for Youth and Development
Yewo Msiska is a Programmes Lead at Centre for Youth and Development (CYD). Since 2018, he’s worked with the organization in the areas of Education, ICT, Livelihoods and Research focusing on issues that affect youth, children and women. Yewo is an educator and a working practitioner... Read More →
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Reuben Moyo

Lecturer, Mzuzu University
Reuben Moyo is a lecturer in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) department at Mzuzu University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in ICT which was obtained from Mzuzu University in Malawi and a Master’s degree (MEng) in Information and Communication Engineering majoring... Read More →
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James Gondwe

Founder & Director, Centre for Youth & Development
James Gondwe is the founding Director of Centre for Youth and Development (CYD), a local Non- Governmental Developmental organization in Malawi established in the year 2012 to facilitate positiveand sustainable change for children, youth and women in Malawi.He is a law student, human... Read More →
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Bram Fudzulani

President, ICT Association of Malawi (ICTAM)
Currently serving as the President of the ICT Association of Malawi, a Co-Founder/CCO of Angle Dimension Malawi’s leading fintech start-up. Co-chair Outreach & Engagement- AFRALO. ICANN fellowship alumni, European School on Internet Governance alumni, ISOC fellowship alumni and... Read More →
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Verengai Mabika

Senior Policy Advisor, Africa, Internet Society
I joined the Internet Society as Senior Policy Advisor for Africa. In this role I provide expert and policy advice to the several projects. I work very closely with the External and Community Engagement teams in improving and maintaining our relations with regional partners such as... Read More →
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Josephine Miliza

African Policy Coordinator, KICTANET
Josephine Miliza is digital inclusion and community networks champion passionate about supporting communities to build resilient and scalable bottom-up connectivity models. She is among the pioneers of the community network movement in Africa and has co-founded TunapandaNET a community... Read More →


Tuesday July 19, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm CAT
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