Call for Sponsors

  1. Introduction

According to ITU (2020), about 72% of households in urban areas globally had access to the Internet at home in 2019 and only 37% for rural areas households. The urban-rural Internet gap was small for developed countries when compared to that of developing countries. In Africa,28% of households in urban areas had access to the Internetat home and only 6.3% households in rural areas had Internet at home.In Tanzania, there are about 52.9 Million telecom subscriptions and 29.1 Million Internet users as of March 2021 (TCRA, 2021). A study from Research ICT Africa reported that when comparing Internet access in terms of gender, fewer women have access to communication services compared to men. Similarly, 86% of rural dwellers remain unconnected to the Internet compared to 44.6% in urban areas (RIA, 2018). Despite the above gap, the Government of Tanzania (GoT) and various stakeholders are collaborating to address the digital divide ranging from subsidizing tower infrastructure to investing to the construction of National ICT Backbone (NICTBB). Among of the reasons for large digital divide are; the lack of the affordable last mile infrastructure, high bandwidth cost, digital illiterate and reluctant of mobile network operators as well as commercial Internet service providers to invest in rural areas are contributing to the current digital divide in Tanzania.In order to address challenges related to Internet access, Tanzania Community Networks Alliance and its partners are advocating for the alternative and complementary approaches that includes;the use of low-cost last mile solution, wholesale bandwidth provision, digital literacy programme and human-centred connectivity that embraces the community networks cooperative to empower urban and rural dwellers.

Tanzania Community Networks School of Internet Governance is a nationwide multi-stakeholder’s annual event that brings together members working with community network cooperative and those advocating for community-based telecommunication networks in Tanzania and beyond. Community-owned networks, also referred to as “community networks” (CNs), have existed for many years and provided sustainable solution to address the Internet connectivity gaps that exist in urban, remote, and rural areas around the world. In Tanzania, community networks school of Internet Governance came about in the year 2019 as a result of hosting the largest community networks summit in Africa (4th summit on community networks in Africa) that was co-hosted by the University of Dodoma and Kondoa Community Network. Community networks are designed to address the issue of the digital divide gap in rural Tanzania by providing alternative and cheaper Internet connectivity solutions to the marginalized communities, in the quest to aid them attain goals’ 4 (quality education), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth),9 (industry, innovation and infrastructure), 10 (reduced inequalities) and 17(partnerships for the goals) of the UN SDGs.

  1. Objectives and Intended Outcomes

TZCN SIG is a maiden programme that aims to create an empowered knowledge community member capable of playing a critical role in building a sustainable community networks infrastructure, creating local content for digital inclusion, shaping policies and regulation that govern the evolution and use of community networks cooperative.Also, the school is designed to help individual’s community networks cooperative in Tanzania and East Africa to better understand the national, regional, and global Internet Governance issues, settings, and processes, in the quest to build a critical mass of Internet governance and community-based telecommunication policy ambassadors. It further promotes the creation and growth of community networks cooperative, increase collaboration between community network operators, and provide an opportunity for them to engage with each other. The intended outcomes include:

  • Improved capacity on Internet governance covering infrastructure basket, security basket, legal basket, economic basket, development basket, sociocultural basket, human rights basket and Internet governance actors
  • Localized digital content and learning materials in Swahili.
  • Gain technical and non-technical skills on addressing the digital divide.
  • Participate in the installation and sight visit of wireless infrastructure during the event.
  • Improved skills in designing, administration and management of community-based telecommunication networks.
  • Participating in discussion aimed to develop sustainable business model for community network.
  1. Programme Format

TZCN SIG anticipates partnering with various stakeholders to offer a three (3) days intensive digital policy training to fifty (50) selected participants in Tanzania.  The school is designed to be hybrid event that will include in-person and online participation. The first day covers introduction to Internet governance, the second day is fully-dedicated for issues related to community networks and the third day covers cross-cutting issues such policy and regulatory framework. The programme will be coupled with keynote speaker, presentations, hands-on activities and panel discussion. It will also include case study presentations, breakout sessions for interactive discussions and a practicum. A social programme is included in the programme to facilitate networking among faculty and fellows.At the end of the session, fellows will get a certificate of participation in attending the TZCN SIG. The organizing team and partners understand that school may attract more application and therefore admission to the School shall be through a competitive selection process.

  1. Target Audience

The target audience shall comprise of ordinary citizen working in community networks, practitioners, researchers and professionals from the following sectors (50% of whom shall be women):

  • Technical Community i.e. Telco’s, developers, community networks/radios
  • Legal Fraternity
  • Civil Society/NGO
  • Cooperative Society (AMCOS, SACCOSS, etc)
  • Private Sector and Business
  • Academia and Research
  • Government and Public Sector
  1. Selection criteria

Applicants must have demonstrated:

  • A basic awareness of, and interest in, Internet governance, local content creation and community network related issues;
  • Fluency in English, and or Swahili;
  • Interest to engage in the Internet governance Policy ecosystem, content development and Community Networks
  • Good writing, argumentation skills, audio/video creation/editing skills

Proposed Dates and Venue
The proposed dates for the school are: 24th– 26th November, 2021 in Dodoma, Tanzania.

  1. Sponsorship Opportunities

The following categories are available for the sponsorship:

Category 1: Platinum

Platinum (2-available slot)

$ 2,000
  • Inclusion on all event related communications
  • Inclusion on event website, with link to company website Inclusion on all event materials (including program)
  • Thank you and recognition of company at the event
  • Sponsorship quoted in press release
  • Retweeting of suitable posts on social media
  • Write a blog post, which will be uploaded onto event website
  • 2 Hour Session related to either Internet Governance or Community Networks
  • Display free-standing pop-up banners

Category 2: Gold

Gold (4-available slots)

$ 1,000
  • Inclusion on all event related communications
  • Inclusion on event website, with link to company website Inclusion on all event materials (including program)
  • Thank you and recognition of company at the event
  • Sponsorship quoted in press release
  • Retweeting of suitable posts on social media
  • 1 Hour Session related to either Internet Governance or Community Networks
  • Display free-standing pop-up banners

Category 3: Silver

Silver (8-available slots)

$ 500
  • Inclusion on all event related communications
  • Inclusion on event website, with link to company website Inclusion on all event materials (including program)
  • Thank you and recognition of company at the event
  • Sponsorship quoted in press release
  • Retweeting of suitable posts on social media
  • Display free-standing pop-up banners

     8. Event Schedule – Final

Day 1: 24th November 2021

Day 1 – 24th November 2021: Internet Governance

Time

Course Content

Facilitator

08:00 – 09:00

Arrival and Registration

 All

09:00 – 09:30

Official Opening

Chief Guest

09:30 – 10:00

What is Internet Governance

TBC

10:00 – 10:30

Breakfast

All

10:30 – 11:30

Internet Governance and Internet Resources Management & Distribution in Africa

AFRINIC (Confirmed Gold Sponsor)

11:30 –12:30

Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) and E-mail Address Internationalization (EAI)

TBC

12:30 – 13:00

Modern Internet Standards and Internet Policy Adoption in Africa

TBC

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

TBC

14:00 – 15:00

Relevant topic from Gold Sponsor

Gold Sponsor

15:00 – 16:00

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and amplifying citizen voices through content

management (curation and value addition)

TBC

16:00 – 17:00

Internet Governance issues infrastructure, security, legal, economic and human rights basket

TBC

17:00 – 17:30

Recap

TBC

Day 2: 24th August 2021

Day 2 – 25thNovember 2021: Community Networks

 Time

Course Content

Responsible

08:30 – 09:00

Arrival and Registration

 All

09:00 – 09:30

Recap for Day 1

TBC

09:30 – 10:00

Community Network Cooperatives in Tanzania: Background, Achievement and Challenges

·         Kondoa CN

·         Kasulu CN

·         Nyasa CN

·         Mpimbwe CN

·         Tarime CN

TBC

10:00 – 10:30

Breakfast

All

10:00 – 10:30

What it takes to establish a sustainable community network cooperative

TBC

10:30 – 11:30

Relevant topic from our Sponsor – Session 1

Platinum sponsor

11:30 – 12:30

Relevant topic from our Sponsor – Session 2

Platinum sponsor

12:30 – 13:00

Corporate Governance for CN – Human Resource

TBC

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

All

14:00-14:30

Corporate Governance for CN – Financial Management

TBC

14:30 – 15:00

Fundraising and access to Universal Service Funds for CN

TBC

15:00 – 16:00

Digital Communication Skills, Media, Community & Content Creation

TBC

16:00-16:30

Empowering Women through ICT and Rural Connectivity

TBC

16:30 – 17:00

Recap

TBC

Day 3: 26th November 2021

Day 3 – 26th November 2021: Cross-cutting Issues for the School

 Time

Course Content

Facilitator

08:30 – 09:00

Arrival and Registration

 All

09:00 –09:30

Community Radio in Tanzania: Achievement and Challenges

TBC

09:30 – 10:00

The Role of Cooperative Society as a tool for economic empowerment

TBC

10:00 – 10:30

Breakfast

All

10:30 – 11:30

Introduction to Meaningful Universal Connectivity: Framework and Parameters

TBC

11:30 – 13:00

Enabling Environment for CN: Policy and Regulatory Framework

TBC

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch Break

All

14:00 – 14:30

Community Network Clusters: Putting an environment for grassroot innovation in Rural Tanzania

TBC

14:30 – 15:00

ICT Accessibility: Towards building inclusive

digital communities

TBC

15:00 – 15:30

The role of Blockchain in eliminating document fraud and counterfeits

ITU

15:30 – 16:00

DNS Arbitration and Mediation

TBC

16:30 – 17:00

Community-based renewable energy: Establishment and sustainability

TBC

17:00 – 17:30

Closure and Issuing Certificates

Chief Guest

     9. Contacts

For more information contact:

Jabhera Matogoro

Chair, Programme Committee

Tanzania Community Networks School of Internet Governance

Phone/WhatsApp: +255 784 423 615

Email: jaberamatogoro@tzcna.or.tz

Website: www.tzcna.or.tz

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