Celo Africa Regional DAO Proposal

This is a great initiative.
The goal to onboard more devs, community members and Web3 projects on Celo is quite a unique one and I’ll go for it.
I totally support this.
Kudos mate.

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This is a great idea. I so much love it!!! It will give room for web3 builders to showcase their works. I can’t wait for it to start happening. Thank you Celo for bringing this to Africa!!!

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Nice proposal. I particularly love and anticipate the celo hackathons, it’s going to increase awaremmness and adoption of the celo blockchain in Africa

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A well detailed breakdown. This will go a long way in empowering the entire region and will bring massive development in the Celo ecosystem. I love it!:fire:

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I must confess, great innovation, great impact :sparkles:.

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This is an amazing proposal made by the cell Africa community it will help to further create the development of the celo ecosystem in Africa

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Really looking forward to this going through :raised_hands:t5:

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Full support to this :wink:

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This seems like a great project to be enrolled at the upcoming hackathons!

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Awesome idea, I would be very happy to participate in these hackathons.

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Nice imitative. Can’t wait to see the prospect it brings to the the block world!!!

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Great work guys. Im excited to see CELO engage at the grassroot level. This will help us build a strong community and solid products that solve contextual challenges.

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Really love this proposal and very supportive of this direction for the Celo Ecosystem! I’m personally very optimistic about a future where Celo Foundation becomes a network of service DAOs that fulfill growth and maintenance functions of the protocol and report directly to the community.

I also think engaging at the grassroots level is the best path forward for our ecosystem, because the communities know best what is needed for their region and DAOs will give agency and resources to act on it.

However in order to make this truly successful and decentralized I think we need to be thinking about how will you operationalize this DAO to be an independent entity. I see a section for Ops but I’d like to see you expand on the on do you have an operational budget?

  • What are you planning to use to set up this DAO as a legal entity to be able to pay it’s contributors and comply with local law? Where will the DAO be incorporated?
  • What will you use to set up the multisig?
  • Is there a buffer for legal and compliance fees? Will you hire a separate agency to do due diligence on your grants?
  • Budget for a separate Docusign or other software that you’re planning to use to send agreements.

Love the experimentation with decentralized payments tools, but would love for you to expand how are you planning to use these?

Lastly, what is the thinking around gradual decentralization of this regional ecosystem growth in general, is there a plan in the future to fully transition Africa Eco Leads to be employed directly by the DAO instead of the Celo Foundation? As I understand this proposal is a joint effort between Foundation and community, with @Aliu being employed by Foundation and with ability to employ community members directly by the DAO. I think this is a great first step but how does the community feel about fully transitioning all members to be employed directly by the DAO in the future?


Edit: Wanted to clarify, the reason I ask this is I see a great parallel here to what has happened in other Foundations that decentralized to a DAO. The parallel is these regional DAOs take over functions that used to be performed by the Foundation and report on it to community directly. In this scenario, I see a network of DAOs all preforming different functions that teams at the Foundation used to preform but are now directly funded by the Protocol. While this is not the plan for this iteration of Africa DAO, I’m wondering if this is a direction you are looking to take down the line?

This is also a question to our Celo Community, is this a path we should explore as part of our Road to Decentralization?

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This great i believe this whats’ needed for African adoption into the CELO ecosystem, I would to be involved on-boarding the SADC region, especially on Education initiatives & Dev studios for web 3

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Hi @annaalexa Thank you for your input!

  • As stated in the proposal we have set aside 10% of the total budget to pay people running the DAO except for myself who’s employed by the foundation.

  • We are planning to setup the DAO on XDAO, a multichain supported DAO that also has support for Celo

  • As we are still gathering feedback from the community, we are realising the needs to add a buffer for other additional running cost that may include platform cost and any other software that would be needed for the success of the DAO

  • Currently, the plan is to utilise the Celo Jura to cover all legal and compliance aspect (We welcome additional feedback on this)

  • While this is a great first step in using the DAO to decentralise the Africa ecosystem, we still have a lot of learning process in order to take steps forward to fully decentralise the region activities. To start with, we have provided buffer for 2 ambassadors to be paid by this DAO while we take the chance to learn and grow from the experience it will give us at the end.

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Hi @Aliu,

I like the above. For the upcoming LatAm DAO the approach is also asking for a grant to Celo Jura for legal and compliance advice and services, relying the decision-making process to the community+DAO+legal experts chosen to help structure.

Hi @annaalexa,

I understand how the idea of several “service DAOs” w/ “employees” was the method chosen by different Foundations to explore new models of organizing their grant activities. The idea of eventually reaching a level where “Foundations” do not exist (irrespective of the path) is super interesting to me, and the broader perspective of automated systems, societies, orgs (…) is what brought me to Blockchain in the first place. So super interested in seeing this concept evolve and flourish in different levels.

But I think the case at hand may be different from what your comments outline above, and extremely interesting as ignites a community-led DAO operating on a grassroots level (listening and acting closer to the local community), not as a way to render “services”, but rather to allow for learning and building opportunities closer to the community. I think more in the lines of allowing for “public goods” to be created rather than rendering XYZ services. I also don’t think that the DAO should necessarily have employees – but this is a longer conversation that may be impacted by different factors (organizational to legal and budgetary). As I am external to African ecosystem would rely on the local experts + community to design, test and implement the best structure.

As we have discussed in open forums, LatAm DAO proposal is coming shortly with the approach above in mind: how to empower local communities in a grassroots level and with agile formats – and in local languages.

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DAOs offer a more vanila method of reaching people on the ground. This proposal looks good.

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Great initiative! I fully agree on the potential of empowering communities. Have you thought about governance<>sustainability? I would reinforce the roadmap related to bringing businesses to web3 through the Dev Studio. Powerful idea.

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Hi Mila! Totally agree that we are at an early stage of decentralization.
I simply believe that everything we do should be in service of the community. Which is different than being a service DAO, which makes it sound transactional. And I believe regional DAO’s should be serving the needs of the community.

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Totally agreed. And I think this proposal nails it.

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