[NA-Discuss] Finance and Budget Committee Conference Call Report

Eduardo Diaz eduardodiazrivera at gmail.com
Wed Sep 11 21:33:10 UTC 2013


Thanks for the excellent report. I am part of that committee and missed the
call completely.


On Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM, Thompson, Darlene <DThompson1 at gov.nu.ca>wrote:

> Hi all,
> I was just on the Finance and Budget Committee conference call.  Rob
> Hoggarth, Senior Director, Policy Development Support, ICANN and Janice
> Douma Lange, Outreach/Engagement Manager were leading the call.  The call
> mainly addressed the requests made by the regions for the Fast Track for
> this fiscal.
> Basically, the request from Garth Bruen for funding for outreach efforts (
> https://community.icann.org/download/attachments/38045783/18-NARALO+FY14+Budget+Request+-+Final.pdf?version=1&modificationDate=1364621309000)
> was denied.
> However, they used two overarching themes when looking at all requests,
> which are:
> -       Outreach should be handled by ICANN staff with consultation with
> the region
> -       Grants – to be coordinated and managed by staff and not by the
> community
> There was also an announcement of a new Regional Outreach Pilot Project.
>  There will be regional funding for resources for outreach however there
> still needs to be a conversation about implementation.  The actual
> announcement with details about this program be made in the next couple of
> weeks.  There is also a reluctance from ICANN to start supporting "new"
> travel - which would be travel to other events in order to promote the
> region.
> There also needs to be more guidelines for requests and more work with
> staff to hone them better.  Staff will be working on this.  The idea is to
> build programs that all groups can benefit from while also doing regional
> strategies to address specific needs.
> They’ll never have the budget to accept every request but if all work
> together, most can be covered.
> One problem that affected us this fiscal was that the strategic plan did
> not come out in time so it was very difficult to put in requests that were
> in line with it.  Requests had to be based on the previous strategic plan.
>  Sylvia raised the point that better communication needs to happen between
> staff and the regions so that this doesn’t happen in the future and they
> will be working on this.
> So, although our request was denied (which is disappointing to say the
> least) ICANN is attempting to address our requests by improving the system
> over-all.
> D
> Darlene A. Thompson
> CAP Administrator
> N-CAP/Department of Education
> P.O. Box 1000, Station 910
> Iqaluit, NU  X0A 0H0
> Phone:  (867) 975-5631
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> dthompson at gov.nu.ca
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