[Comments-fy19-budget-19jan18] FY 19 budget comments- Esther Akello

Esther Patricia Akello eakello at bou.or.ug
Mon Feb 19 05:20:48 UTC 2018

I noticed the proposed Budget reduction by half on the ICANN fellowship program while bonuses for ICANN employees is going up by Millions. This reduction will significantly affect majority fellows  participation  in ICANN activities, most of whom are from developing countries where access to the basics are still a struggle. Fellows are volunteering in different forums,and communities within ICANN, they incur costs to access internet services which are not usually affordable. This reduction will further stifle participation and engagement by fellow. I strongly urge and request the budget team and ICANN Board to strongly consider having the fellowship budget sufficient enough to support the  60 fellows it used to support.  A reduction by 2 new/Planned hires will surely save the fellowship budget.

See the  link to joint statement signed  by the fellows about the same

Kind Regards,

Esther Patricia Akello

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