18 February – 29 March 2019
Democratic Republic of Congo
Connecting, and empowering diverse and inclusive communities is a fundamental aspect for the defense and promotion of Internet Freedom globally. This program is part of the Internet Freedom Festival Community Development Fellowship – the first fellows program in the Internet Freedom field focused on community development.
- Identify, connect, and grow local communities working to defend a free and open Internet
- Identified 7 Digital Grassroots ambassadors who embarked on community engagement activities including a community survey regarding the local Internet issues to address local internet issues
- Connected our program participants to Internet Society local chapters in their respective communities
- To connect grassroots communities to institutions that enhance their autonomy in digital citizenship
Digital Grassroots collaborated with internet governance experts to discuss how the program participants can adopt open leadership skills while they identify and advocate on internet issues within their communities.
Thank you to the following experts for offering customized mentorship to our community leader; with our Francophone participant being mentored in the French language;
Bolutife Adisa, Nigeria
Chenai Chair, Zimbabwe
Esther Mwema, Zambia
Rebecca Ryaktimbo, Tanzania
Sindy Obed, Haiti
Uffa Modey, Nigeria
Wathagi Ndungu, Kenya