Following a proposal for setting up an Internet registry for Africa by several early Internet adopters in Africa, during an INET workshop in Malaysia (1997), a steering commmitte was set up to work on AFRINIC's structure and business plan.
The idea behind the initiative was to adapt the allocation policies applied by the already established RIRs (RIPE NCC and APNIC) to Africa’s realities. In 2000 this proposal resulted in a consensus with the setup of AfNOG (the African Network Operators group).
Moreover during the same year, the first AFRINIC observers were appointed to the Address Supporting Organization Address Council (ASO AC). In 2001, the steering commitee recomended the appointment of an initial Board of Trustees based on sub-regional representation. Dr Nii Quaynor chaired the first AFRINIC Board with the mission to formalise the organisation and work towards its accreditation as a Regional Internet Registry (RIR).
In 2004, after a selection of potential host countries, AFRINIC was incorporated in Mauritius. It was decided that the Board will consist of elected representatives from the six identified sub-regions in Africa (Northern, Western, Central, Eastern, Indian Ocean and Southern).
AFRINIC was registered in Mauritius with its operations dispersed in South Africa (Technical operations), Egypt (Backup and disaster recovery) and Ghana (Training coordination)
We are committed to continuously provide our stakeholders with improved products and services to meet and even exceed their expectations by having proper mechanism and process to identify and anticipate their needs. Our main objectives are to:
- Understand needs and expectations of our stakeholders through constant communication and feedback mechanisms.
- Provide Internet Registry Services to optimal standards of trust, accuracy and accountability.
- Provide information, training and supporting services to assist the community in managing the Internet Number Resources and building a resilient and secured Internet Infrastructure in Africa.
- Enable customer success by providing business grade solutions that genuinely meet their needs.
- Develop an attitude of team work and quality assurance in our day-to-day operations.
- Continuously comply with the requirement of ISO 9001:2008 and improve effectiveness of our QMS.
- Regularly report to our community on our QMS performance and continuously seek their feedback.
- Continuously ensure that our services fit into the global context of Number Registry services.
"Be the leading force in growing the internet for Africa's sustainable development"
"To serve the African Community by providing professional and efficient management of Internet number technology usage and development, and promoting Internet self-governance."
- Community driven
- Operational excellence
- Innovation & Creativity
- People management (right people, competent, mindset, engaged, clear objectives, committed, etc)
- Technical Infrastructure's reliability and resilience
- Plans & Processes
- Financial Sustainability
- Infrastructure and space
- Budget discipline
- Community Trust/Confidence
- Continuous community engagement and support
- Effective Operational Processes and Agile Organisational structure