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Planting Roots in Africa

$57,000.00 Received
$57,000.00 Requested
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Problem:

<p>Best solutions will come from the ground, but African devs lack infrastructure to push Cardano forward. Cardano community support is needed.</p>

挑戦: F6: Grow Africa, Grow Cardano
completed Awarded 22.8% of the fund.
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Detailed Plan

<u>Update</u>

This is a resubmission from Fund5 that narrowly missed funding. We have made the following amendments with community input.

  • Instead creating space that community can come to, we will start by doing more outreach work
  • Rent spaces for big events as needed.
  • Make use of some co-working spaces initially as appropriate

Thanks to Steve Lockhart and Gwendal Le Divechen for their help putting the original proposal together and for continuing to champion this proposal.

Purpose of the Project Proposal

  • As with the Cardano ecosystem in general, in Africa there are parallel threads that need to be working simultaneously. First and foremost among them are the basic infrastructure needs that many in the western world take for granted, but are often things that African localities do not commonly have available at a level that will support the development of such a highly technical ecosystem.

  • Internet access that will support inter-hub and international cyber-meetings as well as stake-pool operations is something that must be pursued and acquired. Electrical supply with UPS integration and backup generators is also something that must be secured as local power companies are often subject to brownouts/blackouts.

  • In addition to those basic needs are also the hardware required to support developers, teachers, students and the associated community outreach each hub is planning.

  • The following list in details what should be standard equipment and services for our community hubs:

  1. Facility – (Rental / Maintenance.)
  2. Power – (Equipment/Installations/Rental/Fuel/Maintenance)
  3. Internet – (adequate for world communication and stake pool operation)
  4. Networks – (Equipment/Installations/Rental/Subscription)
  5. Insurance - (Safety / Fire / Hazards)
  6. Workstations connected to screens for classes, printers, etc.
  7. Desks, tables, chairs
  • The funds requested for the support of the hubs (investment costs + 3 months recurring costs) will be administered by WADA and will be made available to the individual hubs according to a phased deployment plan . Partner hubs are people with whom we have developed a relationship over the last few months and with whom we share the same goals.

Main Deliverable:

  • Accelerate the creation of dapps and attract new developers into the Cardano ecosystem who are attuned to solving local problems.

––––***–IMPACT–***———

<u>How does the proposal fit into this challenge?</u>

  • Africa presents immense opportunity for Cardano blockchain adoption however, the continent's well-documented barriers to adoption could hamper the design of cutting edge digital solutions and the growth of Cardano in Africa. This proposal will Grow Cardano by ensuring the best ground solutions emerges and entrenches Cardano's cutting-edge solutions in the Sub Saharan Africa region. With focus on:
  1. Infrastructure (main purpose of this proposal
  2. Education
  3. Outreach

<u>How will this campaign add value to our ecosystem?</u>

  • By supporting and developing these activities, WADA will, thanks to its role as link between people and initiatives, help to simplify and boost the creation and deployment of innovative solutions.

—––***—FEASIBILITY–***—––

<u>Reference &amp; Past Successes:</u>

  • In August WADA completed a widely successful Proposer outreach program event, significantly increasing our visibility as the go-to for mentoring and onboarding new developers and entrepreneurs from Africa and diaspora. <https://twitter.com/jaycidiq/status/1432106218923888640>
  • 8 unique country Africa and diaspora hubs with expanding teams
  • A membership platform in development for onboarding and virtual &amp; in person training sessions
  • Mentors and experts willing to support both the goals of WADA and Cardano

<u>Roadmap</u>

1-3 months post funding

  • Six local fit- for-purpose physical spaces acquired throughout West and Central Africa with internet access, stable electricity, and computers

4-6 months post funding

  • The local hubs/centres are up and running under competent leadership. Each hub is uniquely delivering according to the needs and opportunities of their communities. Organizing recurring events, education in functional programming and blockchain technology (for all ages) and community outreach and events.

6 months to one year

  • Hubs are fully functional and specialized to serve local and national needs
  • Hubs are networked with other international hubs to leverage each other's strengths, share learning, and increase accountability.
  • All WADA planned activities to expand Cardano's market in sub-Saharan Africa such as government and academic outreach, dApp creations/business solutions, and creative enterprises in full implementation
  • Collaborative projects with other projects in the Cardano ecosystem are being executed seamlessly on the ground.

<u>Budget:</u>$57,000

<https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1USLtlJPD2u0oNauv8lRgVF89VP1hVVHTz9R8R-jPkeo/edit?usp=sharing>

<u>Risk assessment</u>

As part of our risk assessment process, we identified 3 main areas that require specific attention :

  1. Legalization: some African administrations are strong in harassing new businesses.
  2. Coordination/standards.
  3. Cost over-run.

The possible risk management solutions:

1.Legalization:

  • Obtain a legal document from which the WADA hubs would be operating. With numerous trade agreements overlapping, a copy of this document can be used for operations anywhere.
  • Set up new hubs in existing offices or close to a partner developer's office. This would not only give legitimacy in the eyes of potential users, but government officials will not easily distinguish the new business as it will be collaborating with the established one.
  • Crypto currencies are unregulated in many countries, WADA will ensure adherence to local regulation to any extent possible

2. Coordination/standards:

  • Issue standards common to each partner hubs.
  • Hire the services of local lawyers. Laws in many African countries are relatively similar with standards such as OHADA (Organization for the Harmonization of Corporate Law in Africa).
  • Identification stickers to put on all material goods so as to establish ownership. A shared logo, paint and color themes can help ensure the motivation of participants who need to not only see themselves as members of one small hub but members of one large network. These standards will be visually visible through video calls.
  • The coordinating team must be physically aware of the experience on the ground. At least a visit mid-project to each hub. Ideally, the same person/team would visit all hubs to establish a common assessment.

3. Cost over-runs

  • Starting a new business/office has unexpected costs. This needs to be taken into account.
  • Additional to forming new hubs, also find an established business dealing with programming and digital products to partner with.
  • Actors would need to be compensated. For example, the coordination team. But also, the "lead" of each hub, even if it is a business owner. These costs can be symbolic and need not cover the full extend of their involvement as they are either already interested or employed. This will ensure that their keep their focus on the hub.
  • To ensure functionality, cost items must be arranged in order of priority. We do not want to have bought laptops and printers only to find that there is no money for the office. Ideally, the ranking will ensure that the office can maintain some level of functionality.

--------AUDITABILITY—––

<u>What success looks like:</u>

  • Significant Cardano market expansion in all current and future WADA-active countries through solutions design/ dApp creation, education &amp; outreach, and continuous capacity/capability building. WADA will have a network of hubs or centers in sub-Saharan Africa connected locally, nationally and globally to Cardano and the digital world economy :

<u>Metrics</u>

  • Identified existing developers and businesses willing to create on the Cardano protocol
  • New developers recruited and/or for the Cardano ecosystem
  • New start-ups willing to create on the Cardano protocol
  • Number of locally based Stake pools
  • Increase in Cardano protocol transactions originating from West Africa
  • Degree of public engagement with our marketing and social media plan

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Team:

<u>Hubs/Community Centre Information</u>

  • WADA (West Africa Decentralized Alliance) is rapidly gaining momentum through its network of hubs in mobilizing local communities to solve local problems using Cardano. By simultaneously opening multiple resource centers/hubs spread over Africa, we will speed up Cardano adoption dramatically.
  • We have country and subregional hubs operating in West and Central Africa with the first regional hubs in Ghana and Cameroon to provide additional oversight and visibility to other hubs in: Ivory Coast, Senegal, Nigeria, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The network connection creates expansion capacity by leveraging IT hub relationships, government, and academic outreach.
  • In addition to forming new hubs, WADA will also find established businesses dealing with programming and digital products to partner with.

<u>Regional/Country Leads</u>

  • WADA Ghana: Afia Asamoa Owusu <https://www.linkedin.com/in/afia-asamoa-04911816/>
  • WADA Ivory Coast: Malik Koné. <https://www.linkedin.com/mwlite/in/malikkone>
  • WADA Cameroon: Our Cameroon/Tech Lead Felicien Fotio Manfo " <https://www.linkedin.com/in/felicienfotiomanfo1642a479/>
  • WADA Lagos/Abuja, Nigeria: Abdulwahab Abubakar Oshomah <https://www.linkedin.com/in/abubakar-abdulwahab-b886414b>
  • WADA DRC by Uptodate Developers
  • Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Dan Baruka <https://uptodatedevelopers.com>
  • Kinsasha, DRC. <https://ferawi.github.io/ferawimabla/>

<u>Overall Project Oversight</u>

Relationship to other projects

  • <https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Scale-up-WADA-s-Outreach-Program/366982-48088>
  • <https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Catalyst-Virtual-Start-up-Bootcamp/366770-48088>
  • <https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/dtd/WADA-Proposer-Workshops/366968-48088>
  • <https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Strengthening-Stake-Pools-in-Africa/366840-48088>
  • <https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Cardano-Africa-Starter-Kit-CASK/366762-48088>
  • <https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/dtd/WADA-Uni-Students-Catalyst-Registry/370220-48088>
  • <https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Marketplace-Productivity-in-Africa/368932-48088>
  • <https://cardano.ideascale.com/a/dtd/Influencing-Policy-for-Adoption/367854-48088>

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Addresses Challenge

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Does the proposal effectively addresses the challenge?

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To proceed with your project, I highly recommend analyzing why other projects have failed as well as selecting a project category that matches the unique characteristics of crypto funding and seeks to solve the problems presented. Since the beginning, I have always liked the vision and the mission of the WADA team and I will be pleased to see the continuation of the next steps with the WADA team's commitment and passion.

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The problem and solution statement is clear and reasonable. African devs lack the infrastructure to push Cardano forward: Funding basic infrastructure in African hubs will start solving the problem. This proposal hits the key metrics outlined in the challenge settings - Number of purely African participants and Novelty and appropriateness of solutions. Therefore, I strongly agree that this proposal effectively addresses the challenge.

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I strongly agree with this proposal in the sense that it seeks to provide basic infrastructure such as electricity with power UPS integration,back up generators,fueling,rentals and maintenance which will curb blownouts/blackouts which most local Africa companies encounter. It also aims to provide adequate internet access,chairs,tables,desks screens and other learning materials to improve education. This proposal will create links/connections between people and ideas(innovations) to simplify activities in the ecosystem.

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The problem and solution statement is very clear and reasonable. The Proposal is highly aligned with the challenge at hand and has absolute potential that infrastructures can be made available to help outsourcing of best solutions from ground devs to help push Cardano forward. Looking at the relevant experience, it's stated clearly that the team already has started delivering this project even though they've not been funded for. They have a skilled team of Cardano Community Practitioners and entrepreneurs located in Hubs, which is a good form of infrastructure across Africa. The inclusion of education and outreach in this proposal is also a good initiative. Reason being that the kind of preconceived knowledge most people in most African Countries have is very poor and requires that these people must be reached with the accurate information (facts) to help convince in supporting of Cardano growth in the continent. Infrastructures without good outreach and education I think would be of no relevance so kudos to the idea of education and outreach inclusion. With that being said, there's expectation for quick implementation, which increases the potential for positive impact on Project Catalyst.

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The proposal fits very well with the objectives of the challenge, addressing a key issue on the African continent: the lack of structure that local populations face to develop technology projects. The WADA group, which I remember having already met in a proposal I evaluated before, is centered on African projects and, according to what they say, it has contact with other, smaller groups that will act directly in the investment, depending on the sector. For example, the money they ask for in financing will be invested on different fronts, from stable/quality energy supply and internet to renting physical spaces, chairs, tables and so on. In fact, it is sad to think that such resources, considered basic in other parts of the world, are scarce and expensive for the inhabitants of Africa, and even before investing in more complex projects - like several I have evaluated here, which involved the creation of sites, games and platforms that benefit the African people - it is necessary to pay attention to more primary resources, as this proposal suggests.

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Feasibility

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Given experience and plan presented is likely that this proposal will be implemented successfully

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I strongly agree with this proposal based on the sufficient links and references provided which is very accessible and its contents is insightful. It also has an outlined budget structure with timelines backing it to pursue the necessary goals. The proposal has a record of expertise who are determined to execute their quota to make this task possible according to their works so far. The proposal seeks to hire legal practitioners to acquire all necessary legal documentations to ensure that government officials and potential users can understand and accept their operations and business and to adhere to all local standards and regulations in the Afican ecosystem,which is very laudable. The proposal has elaborated how well it will maintain its operations in terms of funds,materials and equipments.

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From reference and past successes, there's quite a good experience which affirms that this proposal will be successfully implemented. Hubs in 8 unique African countries is a clear indication that this team can do the job of expanding to all the other relevant African countries with infrastructure (hubs). A lot of efforts have been invested to outline problem, solution, activities, roadmap and costs except that I'm not seeing any line talking about sustainability which is why I'm not scroing it 5. However, the other many tangible information affirms for me that this proposal adds excellent value and will succeed.

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Your idea proposal was interesting to read. Thank you for sharing. To make this proposal more relevant to the Cardano community, please consider the following suggestions: The project's objectives and focus can be improved.

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LinkedIn profiles are helpful to assess the expertise and roles of each team member. The profiles show relevant skills and experience needed to implement the proposal. The budget is outlined clearly and broken down into identifiable items. The budget is reasonable to achieve the set goals. I like the idea of collaborating with established businesses to ease government/ council harassment. The risk assessment is clearly defined. Challenges and risks relevant to a successful implementation have been considered. I would consider providing a verifiable plan for additional funding being required to implement this proposal.

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There is no doubt how prepared the team is to execute the project. As I said in the previous comment, I already knew the WADA group of previously evaluated proposals (from what I remember, at bottom 5). And there's a part of the website attached (https://wadalliance.org/about-us/) where we can get an objective and satisfying view of who they are, what each member does, and some have also attached the linkedin profile. In this way, it transmits a lot of security with regard to the technical competence to execute the proposal, in addition to being an already consolidated group and possessing a network, it will certainly have sufficient influence and contacts to put its plans into action. About the project's applicability, I have some points to comment. It is true that the team tried to inform us more generally what would happen in each time period after funding, measured in months. However, as it is a proposal of huge proportion, the activities of each month are complex and I felt that they required more detail from its parts. For example… right at the beginning, 6 spaces would be acquired equipped with internet and all the infrastructure to perform the tasks. But where would these spaces be, in which countries? In each of these spaces, called hubs, would happen, for example: "Organization of recurring events, education in functional programming and blockchain technology". What nature would these events be, within the bed of subjects that could be addressed in the Cardano ecosystem? How would these education projects take place, how would the contents be passed on? I believe that with this proposal, the WADA group intends to make a real revolution in the Cardano universe in Africa, but precisely because there are many activities, it would be important for us to better understand each one. One suggestion is to set up a website or even a slideshow to better detail each activity in the phases.

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The presentation of the idea has some shortcomings: the long-term purpose and costs breakdown, and the underlying principles. Finally, the cost estimate lacks structure and a clear grasp on the following question: "How have you determined that USD was necessary? Overall I believe most of all the necessary details are present and overall the purpose is well explained, but to make the proposal even stronger the above recommendations can be considered in my opinion.

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The proposal team provides adequate documentation. To improve auditability, they could add more information on a timeline for the metrics like - New developers recruited and - New start-ups willing to collaborate. It's not clear what the community should be expecting or what timeline they should extend. I neither agree or disagree that this proposal provides enough information for the community to review progress.

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I strongly agree with this proposal considering the metrics in place,such as opening multiple resource centers/hubs across Africa to aid the adoption of cardano dramatically,networking in mobilizing local communities to solve local problems using cardano,create capacity expansion of IT hub relationships amongst governments,academics and businesses as a whole which will go a long way to impact Africa.

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Everything is clear, concise and to the point. The need is clear, implementation is already promising. There's enough information about the team and metrics which would help the effective tracking of their progress by the Project Catalyst community. I think they could've requested for a higher budget/compensation for their work because honestly, they deserve more. But even with what they've requested for, I believe most of those who do the work are modest people.

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We are presented with success metrics by which the community could track the progress of this project. The financial amount is very well detailed, through a slide attached in a document in the docs. In addition to these more standard details, the team that created the proposal was concerned to expose the risks that would involve this project, emphasizing the legal issue, and how they could deal with them. In this way, the auditability is very well done, there is enough detail to understand how things will happen and how we can monitor them.

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Monthly Reports

Project completion date has been extended to end of Q4 2022 due to the difficluties mentioned above.

Disbursed to Date
$57,000
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
12/31/2022

From last report: (Although we had earlier identified leads in two of the countries, it is now becoming difficult maintaining contact and interest in this project. No funding has been allocated to these sites yet so the plan is to do a re-evaluation and reallocate the funding to two new sites as needed.) Update; Two alternate hub leads have been identified and project will progress as scheduled

Disbursed to Date
$57,000
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
12/31/2022

Close-out report in preparation

Disbursed to Date
$57,000
Status
Complete
Completion Target
5/15/2022

Not at this time

Disbursed to Date
$57,000
Status
Still in progress
Completion Target
11/30/2022
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